Lincoln Park
Welcome to a page in time.
If you have old Eastlake/Lincoln Park pictures let me know. I would be happy to put them here.
A painting of the Park in 1894.
A litho of the park in 1894.

Eastlake Park reconstruction plans.
1908?

Aerial view ca 1930.
Bridge on top right is Soto St. over Valley Blvd.

Boat house view.
The bandstand is gone by now.
ca 1930

There was a stream at one time. The stream entered from Selig Place. Runoff probably came from the Ascot reservoir a little north from the park. No evidence of the stream today. Possibly running underground now.

Another view of the stream.

Bandstand in the lake.
Wall structure you see is one end of the famous "stepping stones" that went across the lake.
See pic below for a better shot!

Interior view of the defunct conservatory. Lincoln Park grew and housed all kinds of plants for use in the park and for other city parks.

Another view.
Gentleman was probably the caretaker of the conservatory.

The stones were on shallow water so you can also walk across that end of the lake.
A common postcard scene.

Shot of the first boathouse and bandstand.

Eastlake Park 1916
new

An excellent view of what was across the park. Intersection of Main and Mission Rd.
Drug store building to your left is now Lincoln Park Driving School.
Service station is now "El Loco".
Lincoln Park Garage is now a garment factory.
1927

 

Boathouse with "boats".
No boat riding today.
ca. 1933

Good old Abe.
He was actually located in the center of the park in front of the conservatories you see behind him. That location today would be Baseball Diamond #1 on second base.

Left of this conservatory shot is where the pool and main office is now. Lincoln today is near the intersection of Valley Blvd. and Mission Rd. He still looks the same today.

The entrance of the conservatories.

Ever wondered what was on the hilly side of the park with the stone walled walkways? Banana plants, exotic flower beds were on this hill. Retaining walls still exist today but the hillside is either just plain grass or dirt.
Today its a jogging path.

Inside the conservatory.
The greenhouse housed all kinds of plants from common to exotic. At one time John D. Rockefeller presented a rare orchid collection that was housed at the park.

Going north on Soto St. before Valley Blvd. you will pass another park on your left.
This is Hazard Park before USC complex.
ca. 1930

The stream and foot bridge.
Note horse-drawn carriage visible
on the right bank.
ca. 1880

Early park scene.
Seems like Lincoln Park had three boathouses with the one today.
ca. 1880/90

Cruising the park in a 1907 Maxwell.

Photo submitted by E. Stanley

I had forgotten about this park we visited when I was a child. Somewhere I have pictures of some of the animals in the zoo. It was not my favorite place because I felt sad to see the animals in those awful cages. The smell and flies did nothing to enhance the place. In fact it gave me nightmares as a child. We would sometimes drive by the park to and from our trips to downtown Los Angeles . I watched it deteriorate over the years. We lived in Alhambra . I was glad when they closed the zoo but wondered what they did with the animals. My parents would not let me cross the famous stepping stones near where this picture was taken. I still am not sure why. I think it was my mother's fear of the water and of course we did not know how to swim at that time. I hope it has been somewhat restored.
Enjoy the picture. It brings back old memories.
 Everett Stanley
2/24/05

 
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