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LA's Union Station marks 75 years with archival exhibit, free Metro passes

by Take Two

Inside LA's Union Station. Tess Vigeland/KPCC

This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the opening of L.A.’s landmark Union Station downtown. In May 1939, tracks opened and sent trains out into a bustling and growing Los Angeles.

A new collection of artifacts, prints and other archives can be seen — some for the first time to the public — as part of an exhibit that opens today. It's showing at the Central Library downtown and curated by the Getty Research Center.

Take Two stopped by Union Station to talk with some of the people working behind the scenes at the historic site.

We're lead through the main concourse of the station with Marlyn Musicant, lead curator for the exhibit. The new exhibition, No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station opens May 2nd at the Central Library downtown.

From Union Station:

On Saturday, free rides from Union Station to other downtown venues will be sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation, which has partnered with Metro to help build community through public transportation. 5,000 TAP cards loaded with $3 each – enough for a round-trip fare from Union Station to other downtown venues that also are sponsoring activities on Saturday – will be distributed to the public. The hope is that people will learn how convenient it is to take Metro.  Patrons can pick up the cards at the Annenberg table in Union Station’s East Portal.

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