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Garden Grove in Orange County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

“Big Red Cars”

of the Pacific Electric Railway

 
 
“Big Red Cars” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Kindig, February 20, 2017
1. “Big Red Cars” Marker
Inscription.  For more than half a century, the Pacific Electric Railway served Southern California. The system was established by Henry Huntington in 1895 and linked Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties with over 1,000 miles of service and up to 2,700 scheduled trolleys daily. Through the years, the trolleys were painted different colors, but the most famous and symbolic of the era were the “Big Red Cars”. The electric trolley system carried commuters and sightseers through Southern California cities, fruit groves, beach areas, ranchland, and the Spanish Missions.

The “Santa Ana” line (1905-1950) extended before you is one remnant of the vast Pacific Electric System. This portion of the corridor diagonally traverses central Orange County from the Los Angeles County line to Santa Ana. It crosses through the cities of La Palma, Cypress, Buena Park, Anaheim, Stanton, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana. To remember this colorful part of Orange County’s development, this corridor is dedicated to preserving the history of the “Big Red Cars”.
 
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Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 33° 46.011′ N, 117° 55.794′ W. Marker was in Garden Grove, California, in Orange County. Marker was on Trask Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 11382 Trask Avenue, Garden Grove CA 92843, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Stanley House Museum (approx. 1.4 miles away); Post Brother's Plow (approx. 2.3 miles away); Anaheim Convention Center History (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Pelton Wheel (approx. 2.8 miles away); Kate and Ella 1895 (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Steam Donkey (approx. 2.8 miles away); Cascade Falls (approx. 2.8 miles away); Warne Family House (approx. 2.8 miles away).
 
“Big Red Cars” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Kindig, February 20, 2017
2. “Big Red Cars” Marker
“Big Red Cars” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Kindig, February 20, 2017
3. “Big Red Cars” Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2017. It was originally submitted on February 20, 2017, by Michael Kindig of Elk Grove, California. This page has been viewed 362 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 20, 2017, by Michael Kindig of Elk Grove, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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