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Southern Pacific and Pacific Motor Transport loading dock
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 1930]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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In 1865, a group of businessmen in San Francisco founded the Southern Pacific Railroad to build a rail connection between San Francisco and San Diego. Southern Pacific grew into a major railroad system which incorporated many smaller companies, which in turn had a noticeable social impact along its route, and some towns prospered because of it. In 1938, the Southern Pacific gained control of several bus lines in the Far West, and took over the trucking service previously provided by the Pacific Motor Transport Company; Pacific Motor Transport Company operated from 1929 to 1938. The Southern Pacific subsequently was taken over by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1996 following years of financial problems.
View of the Southern Pacific loading dock located on north Spring Street, behind Chinatown. A long row of neatly parked vehicles have "Southern Pacific Motor Transport Services" written on the side of their cabs and doors. A dark cloud, possibly smoke, can be seen from behind the building. It may be that this dark cloud is coming from a locomotive, which is not visible from this angle.
1 photographic print :b&w ;15 x 24 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Transportation-Railroads-Southern Pacific.; A-010-986 4x5
Southern Pacific Transportation Company
Southern Pacific Railroad Company
Southern Pacific Company
Railroad stations--California--Los Angeles
Transportation--California--Los Angeles
Railroads--California--Los Angeles
Trucks--California--Los Angeles

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