Digging into Dodger Stadium history

Dodger Stadium in progress circa 1960. Photo by Antonio Futterer, Holyland Exhibition Collection, courtesy Corralitas Red Car Property Blog

Approximate location of the above photo

Thousands of Dodger fans will fill the ballpark today for the season opener.  But in 1960, when the above photo was taken, it was a fleet of tractors and bulldozers that filled what was to become Dodger Stadium, which opened fifty years ago on the site of a neighborhood called Chavez Ravine.  It took an army of workers and heavy equipment to carve out and mold the hills and canyons of Chavez Ravine to accommodate the sprawling parking lots and stadium fans know today.   Blogger Diane Edwardson provides more details as well as  before-and-after photos of the massive earth moving effort to build the stadium.


  1. How is it legal for an airplane towing an advertising banner to circle above a neighborhood for hours on end, imposing its noise pollution on the rest of us in order to make a buck for a private concern?

  2. It also took an army of cops to physically remove people from their own homes in order to bulldoze them.


  3. With the exception of a couple of homes, the land had already been cleared for public housing.

  4. Yeah, about that public housing . . .

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