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Construction work for the Santa Monica Freeway at La Cienega and Venice Boulevards in 1964. Source: UCLA Library, Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive

Construction work for the Santa Monica Freeway at La Cienega and Venice Boulevards in Source: UCLA Library, Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive

A 1917 downtown view of Spring (left) and Main (right) Streets looking north from 9th Street. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

A 1917 downtown view of Spring (left) and Main (right) Streets looking north from Street.

The part west of downtown Los Angeles was pre-1964 Legislative Route 173, defined in 1933 from Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles. It was signed as State Route 26 by 1942, running along Olympic Boulevard. It was later replaced by the Santa Monica Freeway, and added to the Interstate Highway System on September 15, 1955. It too was assigned the I-10 number on August 14, 1957. It was completed ca. 1964, and became Route 10 in the 1964 renumbering.

The Santa Monica Freeway under construction near downtown Los Angeles in Learn more about the freeway’s construction in L. as Subject’s guest post for KCET Departures, “Creating the Santa Monica Freeway, Building Walls Across Communities.

Hollywood Bowl 1922.  My grandfather, Charles L. Bajus was second trombonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and played here.

Hollywood Bowl My grandfather, Charles L. Bajus was second trombonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and played here.

A residential strip demolished to build the 405 Freeway. This 1957 view is to the south. The two streets paralleling the demolition zone are Cotner on the left and Beloit on the right. The first foreground cross-street is Ohio, and the diagonal street two blocks south is a remarkably quiet Santa Monica Boulevard. The big white, two-story building at the lower left is Verizon today. It is painfully obvious from this picture how freeways permanently divide neighborhoods.

Entire tracts of houses are demolished to make way for the 405 (San Diego) freeway, Here in L. we’re so used to taking the freeway that we forget that there was a time when they didn’t exist.

Hollywood Freeway under construction in Hollywood, 1953. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection, USC Libraries.

Hollywood Freeway under construction in Hollywood, Courtesy of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection, USC Libraries.

(ca. 1887)* - Looking at the shoreline from the pier showing the Santa Monica Hotel and bathhouse on Sunset Beach between Colorado and Utah (now Broadway).

California View looking at the shoreline from the pier showing the Santa Monica Hotel and Bathhouse on Sunset Beach between Colorado and Utah (now Broadway)

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