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From the Archives: Bridge over Hollenbeck Park lake

December 1955: Photo of lake at Hollenbeck Park used in the Know Your City photography series. This
December 1955: This image of the lake and bridge at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights was used in The Times’ Know Your City photography series.
(Frank Q. Brown / Los Angeles Times)

Fifty years ago, a large footbridge crossed the lake at Boyle Heights’ Hollenbeck Park. Today the bridge is gone, replaced with a pontoon bridge.

The image above, by Frank Q. Brown, appeared in the Dec. 16, 1955, Los Angeles Times as part of the Know Your City photography series. The original caption reported:

KNOW YOUR CITY, NO. 29 — Look at that bridge again and you're almost certain to guess where this was taken. Only one place in town with a span like that. It’s for people, not trains. See Page 32, Part 2.

ANSWER: Sure, it's the lake in Hollenbeck Park, the photo being made near the Boyle Ave. entrance. The park acquired its name for the very logical reason that most of its acreage was given to the city by Mrs. J.E. Hollenbeck.

Oops, some of the information was wrong. This correction appeared in the Dec. 31, 1955, Los Angeles Times:

Correction: In No. 29 of this series, a photo of Hollenbeck Park, it was erroneously reported that most of the acreage for the park was donated by Mrs. J.E. Hollenbeck. Actually, two-thirds of the property was donated by Mr. and Mrs. William H. Workman and it was their suggestion that the park be named for J.E. Hollenbeck, a close friend.

In 1970 the bridge was torn down and replaced, see photos below.

This post was originally published on Sep. 14, 2016.

Nov. 18, 1970: Bulldozer removes dirt from Hollenbeck Lake bottom to make room for new pontoon bridg
Nov. 18, 1970: Bulldozer removes dirt from Hollenbeck Lake bottom to make room for new pontoon bridge. The old bridge had been torn down a month earlier. Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times
April 25 1971: Youngsters take the hard way over the new pontoon bridge completed across the refille
April 25 1971: Children climb outside the railing while crossing the new pontoon bridge on the refilled lake in Boyle Heights' Hollenbeck Park. Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

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