Los Angeles and Independence Railroad

The Los Angeles and Independence Railroad (LA&I), opened October 17, 1875, was a steam powered rail line which travelled from a wharf north of the current Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica along a private right-of-way to 5th and San Pedro Street in downtown Los Angeles. Intended to eventually reach San Bernardino and Independence via Cajon Pass to serve the Cerro Gordo Mines near Panamint, the line was never extended past downtown Los Angeles and was eventually acquired by Southern Pacific Railroad.

The right-of-way was purchased by Los Angeles Metro in 1990 and is now used for the Expo Line light rail line.

Read more about Los Angeles And Independence Railroad:  History, Santa Monica Air Line, Expo Line (Los Angeles Metro)

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