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Aerial view of Vail Field and Central Manufacturing District, looking north
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Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Photo Collection
Kelly, Howard D
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Central Manufacturing District is an industrial tract of approximately 2800 acres, partly located within the cities of Commerce, Bell, and Vernon. In 1923, the tract comprised 300 acres of the old Rancho San Antonio, one of the original Spanish land grants. Railroad lines and utilities were laid and the Terminal Building became the first structure erected at 4814 Loma Vista Avenue, and serves as its landmark. In 1928 the assets were purchased by the Santa Fe for further development. The district added new areas in 1930, 1932, 1947 and 1948 - to provide for new and expanding industries and services. Thus it has grown from its original 300 acres to more than 2800 acres. More than 60 food companies are located in the CDM, which also houses automobiles, furniture, household items, machinery, paints, paper, plastics, steel, trucks, wood, cosmetics and also the benefits provided by service and processing companies of all types. CMD, which has been called the largest development of its kind in the world, is located eastward from Soto Street to Garfield Avenue; the southern edge is bordered partly by Fruitland Avenue and Randolph Street; on the northern edge are Washington Boulevard and the Santa Ana Freeway route, partially extending north beyond the freeway line.
Aerial view of the Central Manufacturing District, located within the cities of Commerce, Bell, and Vernon; view is looking north toward East Los Angeles. Some identifiable areas include: Ferguson Drive (separating the industrial area from the city); the Santa Ana (5) Freeway running diagonally at bottom left; Telegraph Road paralleling the freeway at bottom left; Washington Boulevard from lower left, curving toward middle right; Garfield Avenue from bottom middle winding up to top middle; and Vail Avenue running vertically along the right. Numerous warehouses and buildings are scattered throughout. Photograph dated November 26, 1955.
1 negative :safety ;12 x 14 cm.
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Kelly-Holiday Mid-Century Aerial Collection
GPC_b22_f2_i11 (Photographic print); KHAF 228-4
Central Manufacturing District (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Industrial facilities--California--Commerce
Dwellings--California--East Los Angeles
Streets--California--East Los Angeles
East Los Angeles (Calif.)--Aerial views
Commerce (Calif.)--Aerial views
East Los Angeles (Calif.)
Commerce (Calif.)
Interstate 5
Aerial photographs
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