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In the Old Days:
Night Scenes

Canals, Bridges


Lagoon and Midway

Windward Avenue

Market Street

Mecca Buffet

Scenic Railway

1921 Amusements

Cabrillo Ship Cafe'

Venice Pier

Bath House or Plunge




Arielle Haze
Venice Photos

Arielle Haze views
Beach Art

Scott Shellstrom
Venice art

Jack Chipman

Dale Hartman

Venice Paintings by
Pat Hartman

Ehrlich buildings
Homage to Old Venice

Chris Burden

Unpainting the Town:
lost murals

Helen K. Garber photos

Jeff Verges

Lance Diskan

Avid Brickman

Art at the Rose Cafe'

New Venice Sign

Robbie Conal

Venice-based Art

Ferus Gallery

Mario Barrios

Gary Steinborn

Earl Newman

St. Charles Mural

Spoons of Venice

Rena Small



In the Old Days

Miniature Railroad

The live steam Miniature Railroad started at the end of July 1905, not quite in time for the grand opening. Its route went nearly two miles, from Windward Avenue through the canals, Washington Boulevard, Mildred, back to Windward. Its original purpose was to take prospective buyers around to view plots of real estate.

Abbot Kinney's son Carleton was made president of the railway line at the age of 8 or 9. The railway was the object of an ugly fight between Kinney and the builder Mr. Coit. It ceased operations in 1926 or maybe in the 30s.
Each car held 12 passengers, and the first set of 5 cars were painted blue, and the second set painted red. This #2 engine featured in the Harold Lloyd movie Number Please, where at the end he rode away in it. #2 locomotive was eventually sold to a retired engineer in Los Gatos, then went to a park. There was also a third engine.

The #1 locomotive was sold for scrap in 1935, with its track and turntable. Al Smith restored it to working order in the San Gabriel Valley, and eventually it wound up in Pico Rivera, where it was bought by Don McCoy and restored again, to go back into operation in 1972 at another recreational area.
Going over a bridge


Filming the miniature railway, circa 1918

Filming the miniature railroad, circa 1918

"Twentieth Century Limited at Full Speed" circa 1908

Near the Lagoon

"Twentieth Century Limited"

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