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Old Posted Sep 15, 2012, 2:08 AM
BifRayRock BifRayRock is offline
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Santa Monica - The Beautiful Arcadia Hotel and what gave way to the McClure Tunnel.

This beautiful Hotel looks as thought it could have given the Hotel Del and others a run for their money. For those that don't know, it was demolished in 1909 and it has a Noirish past that was probably discussed on this forum. Have seen images below with different dates, circa 1895-1900.

The Southern Pacific had an interesting tunnel at the intersection of Olympic Blvd and PCH that was ultimately named the "McClure tunnel." The tunnel, which has been recently declared "functionally obsolete," was constructed in 1935. It was named after Robert E. McClure in 1969. According to CalHighways: "Robert McClure was the editor and publisher of the Santa Monica Evening Outlook, a delegate to the 1964 Republican Convention, and a member of the California Highway Commission from 1954 to 1962. He is remembered as 'the father of the Santa Monica Freeway'."


Precursor to the McClure Tunnel 1895(?)
http://digital.smpl.org LAPL

1935
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