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Garden Grove 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 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”.
 
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
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By Michael Kindig, February 20, 2017
2. “Big Red Cars” Marker
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.
 
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); 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); Warne Family House (approx. 2.8 miles away); McCoy-Hare House (approx. 2.9 miles away); Midway City Women's Clubhouse (approx. 2.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
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By Michael Kindig, February 20, 2017
3. “Big Red Cars” Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2017, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 182 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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