1878, Pico House and Plaza
Photograph of the exterior view of the Pico House and Plaza, Sonora Town, ca.1878. The name of the building is embossed in the pediment above the third story. The building features arched windows and cornices above every floor. Tracks on the street curve along the fenced in park (at left).
Picture file card reads: "Pico House and Plaza, East Los Angeles and San Pedro Street Railway. This car track was designed to run from the Los Angeles and Independence Railroad depot at Fourth Street and San Pedro Street to Pritchard Street and Downey Avenue (north Broadway), East Los Angeles. It was broad guage and was completed only to Mullally's brick yard on Buena Vista Street (north Broadway) east of College Street. It started on San Pedro Street at Fourth Street and ran north to First Street, to Los Angeles, to Sanchez, to Plaza, to Main, to Marchessault, to Upper Main, to Short (Sunset Boulevard), to Buena Vista, to College. The company was organized May 1875, capital $50,000. Directors were E.E. Hewitt of Southern Pacific Railroad, James F. Ward, Thos. E. Garey, I.W. Lord, F. Sabichi, H.J. Crow, and R.M. Widney. The purchase of the Los Angeles and Independence Railroad in 1877 changed the route of this line so that it only ran to the Southern Pacific depot at Commercial Street from Fourth Street and San Pedro STreet -- the balance being discontinued. A private citizen leased the north end of it in 1878; but not finding it profitable, the tracks were torn up in 1880." -- by E.E. Lewis.