09/14/2011 02:25 pm ET Updated Nov 14, 2011

Explore L.A. Rail History With Heritage Foundation

There is no denying that Los Angeles is a city shaped by the automobile. But before that, this was a city made by the railroad. Urban archaeologists can explore that history on Sept. 24 with a guided tour hosted by the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation.

The Pacific Electric Railway, founded by Henry Huntington, began running its famous red streetcars in 1902. These distinctive cars connected Los Angeles and the outlying areas with downtown and kept the city humming with activity.

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