Historic Union Station, located in Los Angeles, California, is celebrating its 75th Anniversary during the month of May. A rededication ceremony was held May 2, and walking tours are offered the third Saturday of every month. Visitors to the May 2 festivities enjoyed train exhibits, live music from the 30's and 40's era as well as displays highlighting the history and future of Union Station. As a matter of fact, the new display cases located along the main tunnel of the station were installed by Griff’s Electric of Signal Hill (www.griffselectric.com).
Completed in 1939, the station opened as automobiles were becoming more popular than trains. However, 75 years later, some 60,000 passengers daily commute or travel via Amtrak, Metrolink and The Metro Bus. There are also continuing improvements to include a high speed rail service as well as retail stores and restaurants. This is all in efforts of attracting tourists and residents to enjoy the beautiful historic grounds.
Although Union Station is beautiful on the outside with its mixture of Spanish and Mission style architecture, the well preserved interior is a wondrous sight. The craftsmanship of the inlaid stone floor, the details of the tile wainscoting and the hand painted ceiling are just a few of the magnificent, original features that can be enjoyed at Union Station. There is so much preservation of the era that photographers and filmmakers alike use the Station as a backdrop for their projects. So come on down and experience the tranquil gardens and stroll through all the history that Union Station has to offer.
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