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

“Big Red Cars”

of the Pacific Electric Railway

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, February 19, 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”.
 
Location. 33° 48.987′ N, 118° 0.636′ W. Marker is in Anaheim, California, in Orange County. Marker is on South Knott Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map
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By Michael Kindig, February 19, 2017
2. “Big Red Cars” Marker
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1250-1270 South Knott Avenue, Anaheim CA 92804, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named “Big Red Cars” (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named “Big Red Cars” (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named “Big Red Cars” (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named “Big Red Cars” (was approx. 1.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named “Big Red Cars” (approx. 1.8 miles away); School House (approx. 1.9 miles away); Rivera School (approx. 1.9 miles away); Knotts Berry Farm (approx. 2.1 miles away).
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
“Big Red Cars” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, February 19, 2017
3. “Big Red Cars” Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2017, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 156 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 20, 2017, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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