1932 :  2nd Visit to the U.S.A.

 

May 19th, 1932 : Meher Baba aboard the SS Bremen arriving at New York City
May 19th, 1932 : Meher Baba aboard the SS Bremen arriving at New York City

This visit comprised of 17 days on the mainland USA and a further 7 days for the journey and stay in Honolulu. A total of 24 days during Spring & Summer of 1932.

 

He arrived by the ship - S.S. Bremen to New York on May 19th from Southampton, England.

After a week's stay in New York City & Harmon-on-Hudson, he and his companions boarded the train at Harmon on the 25th May and proceeded to cross the continent by train arriving in Alhambra, Los Angeles on the 29th May.

In the next 6 days of his stay in Los Angeles he toured many film studios and met many people before boarding the ship S.S.Monterey on it's maiden voyage on 4th June. The ship arrived in Honolulu on the 9th June.

Rustom Irani who had travelled across Asia & the Pacific met Meher Baba and his close ones on the wharf, where he was told to board S.S.Monterey so he could travel to Australia via New Zealand. Meher Baba and his men mandali two days later boarded the ship -  S.S. Empress of Japan which took them to Japan & China.

On July 15th Meher Baba and his men arrived back in Bombay, India.

 

The train journey from Harmon, NY. to Los Angeles, California by Meher Baba and his companions was 5,501 Kms or 3,417 miles long that took 4 days to traverse. Prior to the rail journey commencing he travelled by car from New York City to Harmon which is 64 kms / 40 miles. Combining the two distance totals the whole journey from landing in New York to departing at Los Angeles was 5,565 Kms or 3,457 miles.

 

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1932 : MEHER BABA JOURNEY ROUTE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES
1932 : MEHER BABA JOURNEY ROUTE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES

 

This folder has 8 chapters apart from the Main page to illustrate the journey Meher Baba and his companions made across the USA.

There are other web pages on this web site that cover certain things in more detail, such as the various ships that were used are found in the "Ships" folder and the various places visited found in the "Locations" folder in the USA pages. If names or places,etc., are under-scored you can click on them to visit a more detailed description.

 

The Golden State Limited train traveled along different rail lines after leaving Chicago to reach Los Angeles.

These rail lines were called by different names between certain towns and cities. The rail line between Chicago & Kansas City that line was called Chicago, Rock Is. & Pacific Line.

Between Kansas City and Tucumcari, NM. it was called Rock Island Line and onto to El Paso,TX. it was the Southern Pacific  Line.

The final leg of the journey between El Paso and Los Angeles,CA. it was also the Southern Pacific Line.

 

NOTE : Because of the lack of information presently, we cannot determine which of 2 train routes Meher Baba travelled along in the states of New Mexico & Arizona. These routes are marked in both rose and blue.

1932 : Meher Baba's journey across the United States, map showing the 13 mainland States he travelled through.  After visiting California, he sailed to Hawaii. A total of 14 US States.
1932 : Meher Baba's journey across the United States, map showing the 13 mainland States he travelled through. After visiting California, he sailed to Hawaii. A total of 14 US States.

Meher Baba at Harmon-on-Hudson, stills taken from a newsreel taken at the time.

31st May, 1932 : Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA.
31st May, 1932 : Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA.
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 1930s ; The "Sunset" passing Picacho Peak landmark west of Tucson, AZ., on the "Golden State Limited" line. Image from "Classic Trains Collection" magazine. Courtesy of Larry Karrasch.
1930s ; The "Sunset" passing Picacho Peak landmark west of Tucson, AZ., on the "Golden State Limited" line. Image from "Classic Trains Collection" magazine. Courtesy of Larry Karrasch.

Note : By clicking on the Day / Location buttons below and the under-scored names you can go directly to that page within this tour folder.

1932  USA  Tour  Timeline

 

MAY 19th.  Arrived in New York on the S.S. BREMEN.

                     Baba stayed in Graham and Lettice Stokes home in Greenwich Village.

MAY 23rd.  Baba was driven to Harmon-on-Hudson and stayed for 2 days.

MAY 25th.  Departed from Harmon, NY., by the midnight train for Erie, PA.

 

 

 MAY 25th.  Departed from  Erie, PA. for Chicago, IL. arriving at 7:20 pm.

 

 

 MAY 25th.  Departed from Chicago, IL., by train at 9:15 pm for Davenport, IA.

 

 

MAY 26th.  Arrived at Davenport, IO., at 1:06 am, brief stop, continued to Kansas City, MO.

 

 

MAY 26th.  Arrived at Kansas City, MO. 9 am and departed for Tucumacari, NM., at 9:40 am.

MAY 28th. Arrived at Tucumacari,NM., at 12:25 am and departed for El Paso,TX.,at 12:40 am.

 

                 

MAY 28th.  Arrived at El Paso, TX., 8:45 am and departed for Douglas, AZ., at 9:10 am.

                    Arrived at Douglas, AZ., 1:50 pm and later arrived at Tucson, AZ., at 5:20 pm.

                    Departed Tucson at 5:50 pm and arrived at Phoenix, AZ., at 8:40 pm. Brief stay.

                    Arrived at Yuma, CA., at 1:05 am 29th May., brief stay and continued to L.A.

MAY 29th.  Departed Yuma about 1:15 am and arrived at Alhambra Railway Station, in

                     Los Angeles at 8:30am.

MAY 29th. Arrived at Alhambra Railway Station, in Los Angeles at 8:30am.

                    Meher Baba was driven to and stayed at the home of Priscilla and Marc Edmund

                    Jones, at 2400 North Gower Street in Hollywood.

                    Baba stayed 6 days in Los Angeles, he boarding the ship S.S.Monterey on it's

                    maiden voyage on 4th June. The ship arrived in Honolulu on the 9th. June.

 

June 9th.  Meher Baba boarded the ship S.S.Monterey on it's maiden voyage on 4th June.

                    The ship arrived in Honolulu on the 9th. June.

                    Rustom K. Irani met Baba at the ship's wharf , after receiving instructions from

                    Baba, Rustom boarded the S.S. Monterey to sail for New Zealand and Australia.

                    Meher Baba and some of his male mandali departed Honolulu on 11th June for

                    Japan and China on the ship S.S. Empress of Japan.

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The following telegram was sent by Norina Matchabelli in New York to Meredith Starr in East Challacombe, England the day Meher Baba returned to London after staying with the Starrs'.

This is prior to Baba sailing to the USA in May 1932.

Norina & Elizabeth Patterson did drive from New York to Los Angeles by car.

Meredith's reply follows below to Quentin Tod.

Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Trust Archives, India
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Trust Archives, India

Telegram from either Quentin Tod or Malcom Schloss in Croton, New York to Meredith Starr in England prior to Meher Baba's visit to the USA.

 Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Trust Archives, India
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Trust Archives, India

Meredith's letter to Quentin Tod about the forthcoming visit to the USA.

 Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Trust Archives, India
Courtesy of the Avatar Meher Baba Trust Archives, India

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