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La Grande Station
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La Grande Station, about 1895.
Location 2nd Street and Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°02′50″N 118°13′56″W / 34.0472°N 118.2322°W / 34.0472; -118.2322Coordinates: 34°02′50″N 118°13′56″W / 34.0472°N 118.2322°W / 34.0472; -118.2322
Line(s) Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Construction
Platform levels 1
History
Opened July 29, 1893; 127 years ago (1893-07-29)
Closed May 3, 1939; 81 years ago (1939-05-03)
Former services
Preceding station Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Following station
Terminus Main Line Pasadena
toward Chicago

La Grande Station was the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway's (Santa Fe) main passenger terminal in Los Angeles, California, until the opening of Union Station in 1939.

Heavy damage from the 1933 Long Beach earthquake meant the last operating years of the station were spent in a state of disrepair as portions of the building had to be removed for the safety of passengers. When Union Station opened in 1939, Santa Fe moved all of its passenger services there and the building was demolished in 1946.

History

Santa Fe opened La Grande Station on July 29, 1893. The station was unique for Southern California with its Moorish-inspired architecture.

After the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, the station's dome was removed. The station continued to serve as Santa Fe Railway's LA passenger terminal (sans dome) until the opening of the new LA Union Station on May 7, 1939. The station was located at 2nd Street and Santa Fe Ave, just south of the First Street viaduct built in 1929 and on the west bank of the LA River.

ATSF California Limited at Los Angeles circa 1899 William Henry Jackson photo
The California Limited, led by engine No. 53, makes a stop at La Grande Station, circa 1899.
The Santa Fe Station by night, Los Angeles, Cal.
Station at night, about 1915
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