It was a year ago that Rory Mitchell wrote a story for The Eastsider exploring the history of the crumbling sandstone cliffs that line Sunset Boulevard on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake. Mitchell has now followed up the story with the video montage above titled “The Cut” – the name given to the canyon carved to make way for what eventually became Sunset Boulevard. Mitchell provided more details about The Cut in a post on the web site of The Echo Park Historical Society*:
“The Cut” refers to the sandstone cliffs along Sunset Boulevard between Waterloo St. and Coronado St that have marked the western boundary of Echo Park since 1887, when engineers for the Ostrich Farm Railway blasted a path through the hills northwest of downtown to deliver customers to the new Ostrich Farm in Griffith Park.
The video tells the story of a landowner – the grandfather of Gen. George S. Patton – who filed a lawsuit over The Cut that went through his property and opposed the city over the proposed route of Sunset Boulevard. He eventually relented and completion of The Cut and Sunset Boulevard opened up the area to more intense real estate development.
* The Eastsider is a board member of the Echo Park Historical Society