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Object ID F-0646
Title 1909 Macy Street Bridge
Description This wooden bridge was built in 1909 to replace the first permanent river bridge built in Los Angeles in 1870 that by 1895 was in poor condition. The original span carried Old Aliso Road, a segment of El Camino Real later known as Macy Street and now named Cesar Chavez Avenue, across the Los Angeles River. July 1904 the bridge finally came down and was replaced in 1928 with the Macy Street viaduct. Macy Street viaduct is one of a group of 12 river bridges significant for their role in the transportation history of Los Angeles and their association with Chief Engineer Merrill Butler, a major bridge designer of the era, most of which were built between 1923 and 1928.
Date circa 1904
Place Downtown Los Angeles
Collection Los Angeles City Archives Department of Engineering Historical Photos
Provenance City of Los Angeles Department of Engineering
Cataloged by Sklar, Anna
Copyright Los Angeles City Archives, City Clerk
Photographer Los Angeles City Engineering Staff
Subjects Historic bridges-Los Angeles-California
Wooden bridges
Old Macy Street Bridge (Los Angeles, Calif.)