Down By The Crik
|The Water is High Down by the Crik. Ballona Creek at Thurman Avenue, Los Angeles|
With all the rains we've been having during the last few days, I noticed that the water is very high in La Ballona Creek. I drive over the Creek at Thurman Avenue on my way to the 10 Freeway everyday when I go to work. This is just east of Fairfax Avenue. The Ballona Creek starts at Cochran Avenue and empties out in the Pacific Ocean at Pacific Avenue in Venice. A bike path runs alongside the creek. I wouldn't venture onto that path though until the El Niño rains subside.
This is what the Creek looked like during our recent drought:
|Ballona Creek during the Drought at La Cienega Blvd.|
There was lots of rain In Los Angeles during February of 1958. It appears that our drainage system has improved since then!
|1958. Ballona Creek at Overland Avenue, Culver City. Herald Examiner Collection|
|Undated Photo. the Red Car crossing the Ballona Creek Bridge near National Blvd., WLA. Photo from Pacific Railroad Museum|
I can just imagine growing up in Los Angeles and being able to go down to the banks of the Ballona Creek and chasing frogs, sailing a toy boat or even taking a dip! It must have been so rural in what we now call the center of our City!
|1952. Ballona Creek near Sawtelle Ave., Culver City. Herald Examiner Collection|
See how the Creek is unfenced? Residents termed this bridge near Sawtelle Avenue in Culver City a "death trap" by parents whose children must pass this bridge twice a day on their way to and from school.
Time to get your waders out!