Bird Rock

LAST STOP, LA JOLLA! Tracking remnants of The Jewel’s railroads

LAST STOP, LA JOLLA! Tracking remnants of The Jewel’s railroads

“Here, look, you can see the iron!” says Matt Edwards, eagerly brushing aside the loose gravel poured to conceal a railroad track that still runs diagonally across the driveway of the house across from his on La Jolla Hermosa Avenue.

To the vast majority of La Jollans, they’re unremarkable protrusions in the asphalt and dirt. But to those who know where to look — and what to look for — they’re time portals to a starkly different La Jolla.

When the San Diego Electric Railway (SDER), the West Coast’s first electric streetcar system, opened in 1924, Bird Rock was a long stretch of mostly nothing in between Pacific Beach and La Jolla — except a smattering of houses and San...

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