The Journal of San Diego History
January 1961, Volume 7, Number 1
Jerry MacMullen, Editor

Back to the article: THE HIGH IRON TO LA JOLLA

Power-house on Arctic Street

The year is 1887, and steam puffs from the power-house on Arctic Street (circle).

Driving the Last Spike

The Iron Horse continued to win the west, and here, in 1888, San Diego turned out en masse for “Driving the Last Spike”.

Two Spot

Forlorn and cold, the “Two Spot” sits in the barn-like “round house” at Pacific Beach, awaiting repairs.

Captain Jadwin  
She started our as a Northern Pacific “yard goat” and wound up pulling the La Jolla Train — Captain Jadwin.

Train wreck

Why no one was killed is anyone’s guess, for that Santa Fe train did a thorough job on the La Jolla cars, back in 1917.

One Spot

Rebuilt after the wereck in which she killed her crew, the “One Spot” poses for her picture, with Engineer George Smith.

McKeen car

Rube Goldbergian gadgets in profusion; Engineer Jack Doddridge proudly handles the controls in the line’s McKeen car.

Fourth and C

In front of the old Sefton Block at Fourth and C, Conductor Earl Bowersock prepares to greet last-minute passengers.

La Jollans board mixed train for San Diego

La Jollans board the “mixed” train for San Diego; a tall man could stand up in those cars, but with little room to spare.

La Jollas Line's second Two Spot

Far from her old home on the New York Elevated, La Jollas Line’s second “Two Spot” pauses for a drink of water.

Dainty little No. 4

Dainty little No. 4 — an importation from the Imperial Valley — hooked up to a borrowed Cuyamaca coach.