|(Detail) Anton Wagner (Photographer), Mexican team working at Hill and 3rd Street,
Los Angeles: 1932–33 by Anton Wagner, PC 017, California Historical Society
Eighty-five years ago, Anton Wagner, a young German PhD student, photographed Mexican laborers at the foot of Angels Flight—the short railway that carried passengers up and down a steep incline to Bunker Hill, then a neighborhood of Victorian mansions, in downtown Los Angeles.
|Angels Flight Funicular, view from lower
end, in 2004|
Photo: John Sullivan
Finally, in 2010, the small railway reopened, only to be closed again in 2013 when a derailment stranded a number of passengers above a downtown street. When an investigation revealed public safety hazards, the Public Utilities Commission forced another closure.
Today, the famous funicular—one car ascends as the other descends—reopened to great fanfare, as the following images celebrate. CHS Director of Exhibitions, Jessica Hough, braved the 100-degree heat today to take a ride on the newly restored Angels Flight. She sent these images and video (see below) from today's event!
Anton Wagner’s 1932–33 photographs of Los Angeles are housed at the California Historical Society and may be viewed online at http://digitallibrary.californiahistoricalsociety.org/islandora/object/islandora:1015