Los(t) Angeles – La Grande Station

La Grande Station

The Moorish-designed La Grande Station, located at 2nd Street and Santa Fe Ave., opened on July 29, 1893, and was the main terminal for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railways for over 40 years.


La Grande Station 1899

Photo, c. 1899.

La Grande Station 1905 Los Angeles

A vintage postcard of a train arriving, circa 1905.


La Grande Station in Los Angels (Bizarre Los Angeles)


Santa Fe Train Station 1924

Saying their good-byes at, circa May of 1924. (LAPL)


La Grande Station 1930s

The Long Beach earthquake of 1933 badly damaged it, resulting in the terminal building’s temporary closure and the eventual removal of the dome.


City of Los Angeles train

Bedrooms on board the new Union Pacific streamliner “City of Los Angeles.” Photo dated May 1, 1936.

City of Los Angeles 1937

Inside a coach of the “City of Los Angeles,” a Union Pacific streamliner that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, circa 1937. (LAPL 00067041)


La Grande Station Los Angeles 1937

Inside the station, circa 1937. (Photographer: Herman J. Schultheis/ LAPL: 00098735)


La Grande Station baggage handlers 1938

La Grande Station permanently closed in 1939, after the opening of the new Union Station.

In 1947, the Santa Fe Railroad replaced the terminal with a new Metro Rail Maintenance of Way Building.



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