Thursday, June 07, 2007

La Mesa Train Depot

I once read in the Reader* that once upon a time, La Mesa was in serious competition for becoming the center of what was a newly developing phenomenon called "movies". Film companies were located there, as were sets. What really helped was that La Mesa had it's own train station to bring in people and goods that were needed -- it truly was the whole nine yards. In the end, Hollywood won that race, and La Mesa faded into history and turned into a suburb of San Diego. But it's history does help explain why La Mesa has character and charm, whereas many other suburbs in San Diego can be...well, less charming.

This historical train depot in La Mesa is a museum now, and the trolley rides on these tracks instead of the train. But visitors can come explore, learn about the history, and dream about a La Mesa that nearly was. Oh wait, we like it here because its *not* like Hollywood! ;-)

A few more photos: here, here, here, here

*The Reader is our local alternative free press.


Blogger lv2scpbk said...

Nice shot of this train station.

Thu Jun 07, 09:45:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bleeding Orange said...

Interesting story!

Thu Jun 07, 10:11:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your photograph and your story today. A nice post that I appreciated. Thanks.

Abraham Lincoln
Remember "The World's Ugliest Cat?" He got a haircut!
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Thu Jun 07, 10:21:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Felicia said...

I never knew that about La Mesa. I liked the additional photos of the trains. Looks like someone was having a lot of fun. Have you been over to Java Mama Cafe yet? I've heard that it is great.

Thu Jun 07, 11:13:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Alexandra said...

Oh yes, Java Mama is great! I love the yummy drinks and Paris loves the play area. Thumbs up, all around!

Thu Jun 07, 02:30:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Sally said...

That's a terrific story to accompany your photo today.

Thu Jun 07, 04:49:00 PM PDT  

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