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Uncovering the Southern Pacific Railroad: 2011 Excavations at Los Angeles State Historic Park of the River Station in Los Angeles, California

Author(s): Tricia Dodds

Year: 2014

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Summary

The Southern Pacific Railroad transported people and supplies across southern California. Connecting Los Angeles to the eastern United States, it sparked a commercial agricultural boom for the region. Established in 1875 and active until 1992, Southern Pacific Railroad’s River Station was the first station in the area, serving as the city center and transforming the small pueblo into a bustling metropolis. At Los Angeles State Historic Park, California Department of Parks and Recreation excavated the station in 2011 to learn more about it. Focusing on the hotel depot, water closet, and ice house, archaeologists uncovered exterior brick wall foundations, terracotta pipes, ceramics, and glass bottles.


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Uncovering the Southern Pacific Railroad: 2011 Excavations at Los Angeles State Historic Park of the River Station in Los Angeles, California. Tricia Dodds. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437376)


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PaperId(s): SYM-82,04

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America