Los Angeles, California: Last Surviving Tunnel Entrance To The 1925 LA Subway

The original subway closed in 1955 and the tunnel was put to a variety of uses -- including a fallout shelter. It's now been plugged, but the exterior has been cleaned up and restored.

Address:
299 S. Toluca St., Los Angeles, CA
Directions:
Downtown. Hollywood Freeway/US 101 exit 4A. Turn south onto Alvarado St., drive three blocks, turn left onto Beverly Blvd, drive a half-mile, bear right onto W. 2nd St., then make an immediate right onto S. Toluca St. The entrance is on the right, at the end of the street.
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Last Surviving Tunnel Entrance To The 1925 LA Subway

Although the remnants of the opening are still there, the mural has been painted over.

[Greg Merideth, 02/07/2021]

Tunnel mural.

Last Surviving Tunnel Entrance To The 1925 LA Subway

Looks like the tunnel entrance picture has changed. Visited in August 2017.

[Gin, 08/26/2017]
LA Subway Tunnel from 1925

Since a school and condos do surround the tunnel, I highly recommend either parking in off Toluca or across the street. Then you must either enter through the condo to the other end where the BBQ pits are OR if you come up to the gates in the back, ask a friendly condo resident if they might let you in for a closer peak at the tunnel.

[John Nguyen, 05/03/2011]

Old subway tunnel entrance.

Last Surviving Tunnel Entrance To The 1925 LA Subway

Here it is!

[Ronnie Barnett, 10/16/2010]

The first Los Angeles Subway closed in 1955, and this tunnel was put to a variety of uses -- including a fallout shelter. The tunnel's sealed over, but the exterior has been restored with fake tracks and a train painting recalling the short-lived heyday of Southern California rail transit. The $1 billion Los Angeles high school and new condos surround the old portal.


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