Whittier BoulevardÂ in Los Angeles is a street with deep rooted history. In a wayÂ it has become the pinnacle of East Los Angeles. Even though I did not grow up in the area, I always heard ofÂ Whittier Boulevard. It hasÂ often known as the hub for Mexican-Americans on the Eastside. Old Chicano filmsÂ and music often brought this to light.Â Â You canÂ still take a drive downÂ Whittier today andÂ feel someÂ of the historyÂ seepingÂ from the buildings. I wish I could have seen it during its prime time. However, I can only imagine and listen to stories of the past.
Fellow blogger Al DesmadreÂ is a great EastsideÂ source when it comes to forgotten history ofÂ WhittierÂ Boulevard he has written excellent Â posts reliving the era.
What caught my curiosity of this street? Well I had been driving down it almost every Sunday meeting friends near Montebello. On the way back instead of taking the freeway I went downÂ WhittierÂ Boulevard. Since the street is pretty popular I never thought about blogging about it before, but hey everybody has their own perspective on a place. I decided to do a short but sweet photo session on the beauty I see onÂ WhittierÂ Boulevard.
Carnitas Michoacan #3, now this place is a trip. Its beenÂ eccentricÂ ever since I can remember, but I never actually ate at this location. Â I can tell the owner has some charm and whit. Zillions served I tell ya.
Huggy Boy was an icon in the Mexican American community back in the days. Read an article on Huggy Boy here by Gustavo Arellano.
This part ofÂ Whittier is pretty muchÂ cemeteryÂ lane. There are about four cemeteries within a few blocks. Those include Calvary CatholicÂ Cemetery, Home of PeaceÂ Cemetery and Mt ZionÂ Cemetery. MyÂ friend pointed out anÂ interestingÂ fact about the block with theÂ cemeteriesÂ near it. In the same area you were able to buy coffins, grave stones, and flowers. They were all being sold andÂ manufacturedÂ by individual business in the area. From myÂ experienceÂ I never seen that at any other cemeteries I been to. Organic solidarity maybe??
Wow, I was surprised when I seen this place shut down. El Perrodero aka a very festive muffler shop used to be a attention grabber. The bright colors and decor made you look twice. The owner must know the owner from Carnitas Michoacan I bet. However, Â not sure what happened to this place. I remember seeing this place all the time when I was little. I found anÂ interestingÂ blog capturing images and history of East LA and El Perrodero.
My favorite building onÂ WhittierÂ Boulevard, the old Golden Gate theater. If you got to read Al’s postÂ the building is going to be demolished and turned into an exciting CVS! Thumbs down!!!
Now, I did take a turn fromÂ WhittierÂ and went down Atlantic Ave and fell in love with theÂ abandonedÂ Jim’s burgers behind the theater! I don’t know if the era is right but for some reason I imagine couples leaving the theater after watching a movie and heading next door to Jim’s to get a burger and fries. Why was it abandoned? East LA loves Jim’s Burgers? It was very odd, in a way.
Â Well that is it for my perspective of Whittier Boulevard. It is a charming street full of memories and history. Until the next street!
Exuse my blurry pictures.