Los Angeles Union Station: Tracks to the Future Book
By William Bradley
Los Angeles Union Station- opened on lMay 7, 1939, after days of celebration- was the last great train station built in the United States. Intended as a grand portal to a grand Los Angeles, it was an anomaly, built at a time when America was eager to drive or fly to its chosen destinations. Protected by early inclusion on the National Registry of Historic Places for its iconic architecture, Los Angeles Union Station has had an astonishing and unpredictable rebirth. As the city modernizes its public transportation system linking the culturally and geographically diverse communities of Southern California, Union Station- in all its Mission Revival glory- is suddenly the hub of the country's newest light rail and subway system, serving hundreds of thousands of people each week. Where Pullman cars and Harvey Girls once served commuters, where the Super Chief and Coast Starlight, Streamliners, and Domeliners once converged, Los Angeles Union Station is now a living-breathing center of transportation modernity.
Author William Bradley relates a rich history of fierce battles, cultural relocation, and astounding financial risks culminating in one of California's most important stories. Augmenting his words with vintage images, Bradley not only shares the tale of the terminal, but of the trains that once rode its tracks- those 1939 tracks to the future.
Full color, 144 pages, 150+ rare images, 12x10", hardcover.