If you are searching for spirituality, then it would seem unlikely you would find it at the end of the 2 Freeway. Here, in a gap between the hills of Elysian Heights and Silver Lake, traffic roars and brakes squeal as the southbound lanes disappear one-by-one into a narrow offramp that plunges into the congestion on Glendale Boulevard. But in this canyon where morning commuters now fume, spiritualists and their followers gathered about a century ago to take advantage of the peace, isolation and a convenient Red Car trolley stop.
The people who founded the Semi-Tropic Spiritualist Tract and Fellowship Park in the hills of Elysian Heights are long gone. But the descendants of the Holyland Bible Knowledge Society still operate the place that sits on the Silver Lake side of the freeway. Community activist Diane Edwardson of the Corralitas Red Car Property blog takes a look at some of this history before change once again sweeps into the canyon in the form of a highway project to remake the end of the freeway.
If there are any spiritual vibes left in the canyon, commuters and residents alike will need them to get through the construction.
Photo from Corralitas Red Car Property