Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge as it appeared in 1920. The bridge’s graceful Beaux Arts arches first crossed the Arroyo Seco in 1913. Rising 144 feet above the mostly dry ravine below, the bridge earned an unfortunate nickname — Suicide Bridge — after dozens of people leaped from the structure to their deaths during the Great Depression.
For more photos of historic L.A.-area bridges, see “A Brief History of Bridges in Los Angeles County,” L.A. as Subject’s latest KCET.org contribution.
1927 view of the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, looking northeast.
The final segment of Pacific Coast Highway, then known as the Roosevelt Highway, opened 83 years ago today. From the USC Digital Library, here are two circa 1929 views of the famed roadway, taken between Santa Monica and Malibu.