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Old Posted Mar 19, 2014, 1:24 AM
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Venice Panorama

Way back in May 2010 gsjansen posted some panoramic photos from the Library of Congress:

Another photo in the collection looks southwest at Venice "c. 1908" from above approximately what is now Abbot Kinney Blvd. and California Avenue. To avoid excessive panning, I've cut the photo
in half. This is the right half; the street that starts at the center bottom of the photo and is lined with small palm trees and the Venice Miniature Rail Road line is Abbot Kinney Blvd. What is now
Electric Avenue is to the right of Abbot Kinney:

The left half of the photo. The unseen intersection just off the bottom of the photo at left is Abbot Kinney Blvd. and Rialto Ave.; the latter has a bridge over the canal. The canal is now
Grand Blvd. on the left side of the bridge and Cabrillo Ave. on the right side. Abott Kinney intersects with Venice Blvd. above the left bottom corner. The tudor-esque house near the center
is 587 Grand, and the house at right is 544 Rialto. The LA County Assessor says each was built in 1910:

Library of Congress --




587 Grand


544 Rialto


Google Map

Here's another map of the same area as above (sorry for the small size), showing the location of Venice Park, where the Venice Tigers -- before and after known as the Vernon
Tigers -- of the Pacific Coast League played 1913-15, at what is now the SW corner of South Venice Blvd. and Abbot Kinney Blvd.:


Now let's take a closer look at the left edge of that panoramic photo again:

Based on the description of what Venice Park looked like, I believe this is a photo of the Los Angeles Gun Club grounds, where Venice Park would be built.
In addition, the three buildings in the center of the photo are the maintenance facilities for the Venice Miniature Rail Road. You can see the tracks curve
from Abbot Kinney into the maintenance yard, and it appears that four of the passenger cars are visible on the right side of the long building:

Jan 26, 1913 Los Angeles Times

Mar 14, 1913 Los Angeles Times

Mar 27, 1913 Los Angeles Times

This panoramic photo is the closest I've come to seeing a photo of Venice Park, of which I believe there are no known photos.

Last edited by Flyingwedge; May 25, 2014 at 7:00 AM. Reason: Correct street name ID; add VMRR info
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