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The Old Goodyear Plant in Los Angeles

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The Old Goodyear Plant in Los Angeles 

If you’re a native or have lived in the LA area for a long while and you are over forty, you probably remember the huge Goodyear plant that was in South Central. It was located on Central Avenue, bordered by Florence Avenue to the south and Gage Avenue to the north.

During my childhood years, I remember the huge, sprawling facility had a gigantic blimp hanger. Rail service to the plant was from the Gage Avenue side, I do believe.

Construction started in 1919, the plant opened in 1920 and the last building was completed in 1969. Along with Goodyear and three other  major rubber companies made LA the second greatest rubber manufacturing center in the United States. By 1941, the Goodyear-California plant was manufacturing 15,000 tires daily and employed between 1500 to 2500 workers.

In February 1979 the Goodyear-California Complex was closed following an extended period of financial difficulty.

The facility was used as a location for a few motion pictures and television shows, including the John Badham’s Blue Thunder (1983)

Goodyear-California was eventually torn down in the mid-eighties and a huge business complex, which includes a postal facility, was built on the property.

Link to info about Goodyear Los Angeles https://www.loc.gov/item/ca1293/

Check out my blogpost http://www.cactuspix.com/purethoughtsblog/the-old-goodyear-los-angeles-plant/

 

About Railfan Rod

Rod Washington Writer, filmmaker, model railroader, dreamer, posting videos and articles about trains. Also, posting railfanning videos and updates about his own model railroad layout via his webpage, the rail project (coming soon).
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