Sunday, October 10, 2010

Monterey "Trailer" Park, Cal.

The old Monterey Park was dotted with trailer courts that proliferated with the popularity of traveling trailer vacations in the 1920s.  In the late 1940s trailers provided a small solution to the wide housing shortage for homecoming World War II soldiers.

Many of the trailer properties came under city scrutiny in the early 1970s.  Slum conditions existed alongside the trailer encampments.  The trailer locations were targeted for commercial development.  Some of the parks were clustered near Atlantic Boulevard and Garvey Avenue, and a few were northward on the Atlantic Boulevard strip between Emerson and Hellman Avenues.

They had names like "Cosmo", "Redtop" and "Royal."  Another, Hallman Trailer Court, was operated by D.A. Hallman, who called the city council's plans a "dictatorship."  Mr. Hallman, who was over 65 years of age at the time, fought against the city.  He succeeded, because the property was torn down only in recent years.  Visit an early page to see the Hallman Trailer Court sign.

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