money has been expended in harnessing the waters of the Kern and Santa Ana rivers, and those in Lytle Creek and Mill Creek canyons, and transmitting the power to Los Angeles and adjoining cities.
The Edison Electric Company does not confine its business to electricity alone, but also handles a sister product, as it owns and operates a system of eleven gas plants, located in as many different cities of Southern California.
Along Main street our journey lies, passing on our left, at Third and Main streets, the new home of the Citizens National Bank, which, when completed, will be another addition to Los Angeles' architectural development, the old home of this same institution being one block north at the intersection of Third and Spring streets. A block further, at the crossing of Second street, we pass on the right the building of the Merchants National Bank, an old and trusted institution.
Further along Main street upon our left hand and north of Second street, stands the Mott Market, the first important market in the new Los Angeles. Half a block further, and we are at the intersection of First and Main streets. Upon the corner to the right is one of the city's leading financial institutions, the German American Savings Bank, which, by a late coalition with the Union Bank of Savings, has become one of Southern California's powerful institutions. Here we find ourselves in a veritable net-work of electric car lines. At these corners there converge lines which tap nearly every section of the city as well as the Inter-Urban lines running to Pasadena, Mount Lowe, San Gabriel Mission and Monrovia. The city lines which lead eastward from this point reach across the valley, passing the railway stations of the "Santa Fe" System and the "Salt Lake Route," and connecting the center of the city with a most attractive suburb known as East Los Angeles, noted for Its beautiful homes, wellkept streets and magnificent parks. Our journey through the city proper is too long to permit of a digression to that charming locality, so we proceed further north on Main street, passing on the left the Bullard Building, a modern structure erected on the site of Los Angeles' original City Hall. A block further we turn into Commercial street for a short trip to the Oriental quarter. At one block from Main street we cross Los Angeles street in the very center of the city's wholesale district, and from even our rapid glance over its commercial activity it is easy to judge of the great commercial advancement which has lately come to this Metropolis of the Southwest.
Eastward of Los Angeles street we descend a slight hill through the warehouse district, and with a sharp turn we are on Alameda street, the thoroughfare along which the lines of the Southern Pacific System enter and leave the city. A short distance along Alameda street and a right-hand turn brings us within the limits of the Chinese quarter. How suddenly everything changes. No longer the modern stores with their plate-glass windows and broad fronts, but instead the dingy shops of the Asiatic, their narrow windows filled with odds and ends of haber [tags: los angeles losangeles california LA historical engravings 1906]