Rare 20th Century funeral car “Descanso” from LA on display in California museum


In the early decades of 20th century, if anybody died in a city, one way to travel them towards their final resting place was through public transit.

Rare 20th Century funeral car “Descanso” from LA on display in California museum-global-annal

“In L.A. in the early years, the cemeteries were right next to the churches,” says curator of the Pacific Railroad Society, David Housh. “Then those got too crowded, and they had to move them out to the countryside. And not too many people had cars.”

Well the impact of this decision resulted in addition of dedicated funeral cars to the already existing streetcar systems in certain parts of the country which included the Los Angeles area also. However, one such car still survives in relatively unharmed state known as “The Descanso” (Spanish for “rest”), could be seen and explored currently, as it has been kept on display at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California.

Source: Theatlanticcities, washingtonexaminer

Published by Bhavesh Kumar

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