September 10: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History



Owl Service brochure from February 15, 1947.

Owl Service brochure from February 15, 1947.


1906:  According to the September 11, 1906 edition of the Los Angeles Examiner newspaper, in a brief article entitled “Owl Cars Are Run On Principal Lines,”:

“The “owl” car service began last night.  Cars on the principal lines left First and Spring Streets at 1 and 2 o’clock.  They were well patronized.  The lines included are Boyle Heights, Grand Avenue, Vernon Avenue, University, Main Street, and Pico Heights.”

More information about the history of “owl service” can be found in this Primary Resources post.


Los Angeles Transit Lines “N” Line South at 9th & Spring Streets, one day before operations cease, September 9, 1950 (Click to enlarge)

1950:  The last day of operation for Los Angeles Transit Lines‘ Sunset & Spring – West 9th Street line.

1967:  A joint Southern California Rapid Transit District– Greyhound Depot opens in downtown Los Angeles at 6th and Los Angeles Streets.

It continues to operate until September 12, 1982.