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Old 07-22-2009, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Who remembers the Goodyear Blimp base in Torrance?

Who recalls when the freeway names were what people referred to, not their numbers: The Long Beach Freeway, Harbor Freeway, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Hollywood, Pomona, Santa Ana, San Bernardino, Van Nuys, San Diego? The only one commonly referred to by it's number was "the 605," and it wasn't finished.





Does the name "Chavez Ravine" ring a bell with anyone?


Does anyone remember WHY Imperial Highway is called that?
That airship base is still there, right? Near the San Diego Freeway and golf course near Dominguez Hills or was there another one in Torrance?

Some people still do call the freeways by their proper names, like the San Diego Freeway (which doesn't go to San Diego).

From 1962-1966 (or something like that), the Los Angeles Angels of the American League played at Chavez Ravine. They didn't call it Dodger Stadium. They moved to Anaheim Stadium in 1967 and were renamed the California Angels.

Imperial Neighborhood near LAX?
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Texas
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That airship base is still there, right? Near the San Diego Freeway and golf course near Dominguez Hills or was there another one in Torrance?

Some people still do call the freeways by their proper names, like the San Diego Freeway (which doesn't go to San Diego).

From 1962-1966 (or something like that), the Los Angeles Angels of the American League played at Chavez Ravine. They didn't call it Dodger Stadium. They moved to Anaheim Stadium in 1967 and were renamed the California Angels.

Imperial Neighborhood near LAX?

The blimp base is still there? I thought it was long gone but, then again, I haven't been in that neighborhood in years.

Imperial Highway is called that because it used to go all the way to the Imperial Valley. It ran up into the mountains and wound it's way down to Brawley (Maybe it was El Centro).
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:15 AM
 
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The blimp base is still there? I thought it was long gone but, then again, I haven't been in that neighborhood in years.
Yes, it is still there. Drove by yesterday while on business.
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Old 07-22-2009, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Flip flops were called shower shoes?
I remember them being called "zorros" and "beach walkers"...also "thongs" although my daughters die when I call them that now, as it's confused with their undies.
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Old 07-22-2009, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Wow... I remember the "Pike" amusement park in Long Beach... It was called Queens Park in the 70's, after the arrival of the Queen Mary. That is about the time they also had the "spruce Goose" on display. The amusement park in Santa Monica was POP (Pacific Ocean Park), which opened sometime in the late 50's. I remember going there when it opened,... I was only about 3 or 4 years old. I believe it was destroyed by a fire in the late 60's or very early 70's.
Does anyone remember a large fire at Signial Hill (I think it was there) in the late 50's? I was very young, but I was staying with my grandmother in Lakewood/Bellflower and I could hear nothing but sirens the whole day.
I do remember Dairy Valley very well.
LOL... I still refer to the freeways in LA by their names! I have a hard time when I'm given directions by their numerical names when I'm back in Calif.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Wow... I remember the "Pike" amusement park in Long Beach... It was called Queens Park in the 70's, after the arrival of the Queen Mary. That is about the time they also had the "spruce Goose" on display. The amusement park in Santa Monica was POP (Pacific Ocean Park), which opened sometime in the late 50's.
Ocean Park Pier had been around since the 1910s but was remodelled and renamed Pacific Ocean Park in order to compete with Disneyland. It closed at the end of the '60s and the vacant park was destroyed by several fires in the early '70s. There are expensive condos there now. Not only was the park destroyed but the Cheetah Club (famous rock venue which the Doors, Pink Floyd, the Seeds, Buffalo Springfield, Alice Cooper, Love, the Byrds, and many others performed at) and the entire surrounding neighborhood got torn down as part of a Santa Monica "urban renewal" scheme (read: eminent domain action giving corporate welfare to greedy developers)

Parts of the Santa Monica Freeway have actually been renamed - for example the part going from PCH to the 405 is now called the Pearl Harbor Memorial Freeway, and the part from the 405 to the 110 is now called the Rosa Parks Freeway. No one uses those names (not that I have any objections to commemorating the victims of Pearl Harbor or commemorating Rosa Parks, but the names aren't in use. I just hope that no one decides to name a freeway after Michael Jackson...). When in L.A. I still hear the names "Hollywood Freeway" and "Ventura Freeway" more than those of the other freeways although "the 101" is the preferred name.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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"Ventura Freeway" more than those of the other freeways although "the 101" is the preferred name.
Interesting post.

Yep, the "Ventura Freeway" is also the 134 east of the 134/101.

Ventura Freeway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:34 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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When in L.A. I still hear the names "Hollywood Freeway" and "Ventura Freeway" more than those of the other freeways although "the 101" is the preferred name.
I still refer to the old freeways by name, Hollywood, Pasadena, etc.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:52 PM
 
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Interesting post.

Yep, the "Ventura Freeway" is also the 134 east of the 134/101.

Ventura Freeway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A friend of mine who's a Valley native uses "the 134" to describe the 101 part of the Ventura Freeway as he associates the 101 with the Hollywood Freeway.

I've never heard the 170, the 118, or the 2 referred to by name, even back in the '80s.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Ocean Park Pier had been around since the 1910s but was remodelled and renamed Pacific Ocean Park in order to compete with Disneyland. It closed at the end of the '60s and the vacant park was destroyed by several fires in the early '70s. There are expensive condos there now. Not only was the park destroyed but the Cheetah Club (famous rock venue which the Doors, Pink Floyd, the Seeds, Buffalo Springfield, Alice Cooper, Love, the Byrds, and many others performed at) and the entire surrounding neighborhood got torn down as part of a Santa Monica "urban renewal" scheme (read: eminent domain action giving corporate welfare to greedy developers)

Parts of the Santa Monica Freeway have actually been renamed - for example the part going from PCH to the 405 is now called the Pearl Harbor Memorial Freeway, and the part from the 405 to the 110 is now called the Rosa Parks Freeway. No one uses those names (not that I have any objections to commemorating the victims of Pearl Harbor or commemorating Rosa Parks, but the names aren't in use. I just hope that no one decides to name a freeway after Michael Jackson...). When in L.A. I still hear the names "Hollywood Freeway" and "Ventura Freeway" more than those of the other freeways although "the 101" is the preferred name.
yep, we referred to them as the PIKE and POP
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