When Huell Howser went looking for Los Angeles' old streetcar tunnels

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Some very sad news today: longtime television reporter Huell Howser has passed away at 67. Few people cared as much about California as did Howser, who probably did more than anyone else in the Golden State to promote all that makes California special.

Above is a program he did on streetcar tunnels in downtown Los Angeles in which he brings his usual enthusiasm to the program’s topic. And here’s a photo of Huell at a Metro event in 2007 promoting the launch of the Metro vanpool program. He also emceed the grand opening of the Metro Orange Line.

Metro sends its condolences to Huell’s family, friends and colleagues.

11 replies

  1. I was living in Los Angeles when this segment with Huell Howser first aired. It was very interesting. I was wondering, is the Subway Terminal Building in Downtown LA still there or has it been torn down? I do know for a fact that at one time there were also government offices in this building as well.

    • Hi Rick –

      It’s still there but now it’s offices and (I think) condos.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source

  2. I’ve watched California Gold for years and my family and I have visited a few sites Heull had reported on,had we not seen it on his show we probably would never have known about these places…..thanks Huell,you are appreciated.

  3. so very sad to hear he passed away. i started watching the video posted earlier today at work, but now it’s not showing at all? would really like to see it, can you re-post or re-direct?

  4. Yes very sad indeed. I watch California Gold and Visiting. Love those progams.