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San Rogue - Argonne Circle
updated: May 29, 2010, 2:54 PM
By Neal Graffy
This is a post by Neal Graffy in response to some pictures posted by John Wiley.
Here's a photo (obviously off the cover of Walker Tompkins' Neighborhood book) of an empty Argonne Circle shot by John Gorin in 1940. You can clearly see the little creek crossing Foothill, Calle Mariposa, Calle Fresno and Argonne Circle. The little humps on the west side of Argonne Circle are walnut trees.
Though we call it all San Roque today, the area between San Roque Road and Ontare was "San Roque Park" and the tract to the east of San Roque Road was called "Rutherford Park" after its developer, Stephen Rutherford. Argonne Circle honors his son Lawrie - killed in the Battle of the Argonne in World War I. All the other streets in Rutherford Park were preceded by "Calle" with the exception of Argonne Circle. Rutherford's home still stands at 201 Calle Palo Colorado.
The bridge over San Roque Canyon shows a bit of early recycling as it was salvaged from the Los Angeles Fourth Street Bridge when that structure was torn down and replaced by a newer one. In turn, after several decades of service, the San Roque Canyon bridge was torn down and replaced by one we use today.
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