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LA History
Thread started by Gizzard at 08.8.11 - 10:58 am

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Apparently getting the hell outta L.A. is sometimes all it takes to appreciate the city. As I'm off exploring the rest of the US I keep randomly running into LA history/trivia. So I know many of you **AHEM, yes you know who i'm talking bout** have lots of random LA knowledge and bits of history so I figured ya'lls can help me learn a lil more bout the city that I love to hate.

I'll start off first:

Did you know?
In 1781 a small settlement was established near a river and named El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciúncula then simplified to El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles. and now is just known as Los Angeles, or L.A...

So that wasn't really obscure LA trivia/history cuz I read it in the airport, and crossreferenced it with wiki...

ok, YOUR TURN!...

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There are a bunch of good LA history websites/blogs that I have bookmarked at home. I'll post links later today.

In the meantime...



theroyalacademy
08.8.11 - 12:18 pm

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Most people that have never lived in LA let alone have visited it will say LA is not a cultural city. For all the problems the city has I can't think of a better place with rich vaults of culture, art and recreation.

I <3 LA



sack or crack you choose
08.8.11 - 12:43 pm

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L.A has small pockets of historic sites buy I think thats what makes it so obscure, of course its 100 years younger than the east coast but I guess demolishing historic buildings and building new ones on top of em IS all part of L.A's culture.



Gizzard
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08.8.11 - 1:24 pm

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Of local interest: a tourist map of LA from 1932. (big image file!)

Of more regional interest: a cycling map of California from 1895. (another big image file!)



nathansnider
08.8.11 - 2:31 pm

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some great reading for those who love LA:
Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology
Ecology of Fear
White Washed Adobe

Prepare to learn more about LA than you ever cared to know



FMLY
08.8.11 - 4:35 pm

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I'm too lazy to copy and paste all the links right now, but here's one:
A Visit to Old Los Angeles



theroyalacademy
08.8.11 - 7:37 pm

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Holy shit, that cycle roads of CA map... is that for real? Looking at that makes me feel like I was born 100 years too late. I love the ad for cycling clothing. And just barely does Levi's decide that's a market they want in on. Thos E. Kent for me good sir.

Thanks for the link. Amazing.



jeshii
08.8.11 - 10:15 pm

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Hollywood high school was originally Hollywood Union High School. It's one of the oldest high schools in the west coast. Its original location was around three miles south of sunset and highland closer to LA high.



sancho1
08.9.11 - 1:20 pm

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Here are some then-and-now photos of LA that someone shot from the LAPL archives.

There's also this archive of the street name history series that KPCC put together a few years ago, which is kind of neat.

And then there's a street name history video put together by the NHM, but I rarely have the patience to watch video on the web, so I don't know how good it is.



nathansnider
08.9.11 - 4:15 pm

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I LOVE the lapl website! I can and have spent many hours browsing the archives.
Ps nate, do you actually own those maps?


Thanks y'all for the awesome links n facts. This is cool stuff!



Gizzard
responding to a comment by nathansnider
08.9.11 - 5:26 pm

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If you're on twitter, LAasSubject posts links to historical photos pretty much daily.



anty
responding to a comment by Gizzard
08.9.11 - 5:57 pm

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Speaking of the city as subject (and background, and character), if any of you haven't watched Los Angeles Plays Itself, you really should do so. Pronto.



theroyalacademy
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08.9.11 - 6:09 pm

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Wrigley Field Los Angeles served as host to minor league baseball teams in the region for over 30 years, and was the home park for the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League as well as a current major league team, the later Los Angeles Angels, in their inaugural season, 1961. The ballpark was also used as the backdrop for several Hollywood films about baseball, as well as TV series such as Home Run Derby.





Jeronimo
08.13.11 - 12:28 am

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THEY'VE ALREADY STARTED DRAINING ECHO PARK LAKE???

http://www.echoparknow.com/2011/09/21/a-modern-echo-park-lake-draining-in-pictures/

I miss all the cool things...



Gizzard
09.21.11 - 12:37 pm

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You mean you haven't been watching it live on Mook and Rollers' webcam?



theroyalacademy
responding to a comment by Gizzard
09.21.11 - 5:53 pm

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WHAT!?!? Where was the post on that?!?!?!

I MISSED THE DRAINING... damn... that woulda' been cool to watch (and from what I been reading, not have to smell it)



Gizzard
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09.21.11 - 6:54 pm

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WHAT!?!? Where was the post on that?!?!?!

I MISSED THE DRAINING... damn... that woulda' been cool to watch (and from what I been reading, not have to smell it)



Gizzard
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
09.21.11 - 6:54 pm

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Attn, history buffs: LA as Subject's Archives Bazaar, Saturday, October 22 at USC



theroyalacademy
10.14.11 - 8:37 am

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Pershing Square was one time a place where people gathered to exchanged idea. It had gazebos that acted as soap boxes for people to speak to crowds. Over time it has transformed into a place that is not so people friendly and devoid of personal exchanges. I would love to see it transformed to place where people could get together and talk and exchange ideas, popular or unpopular. It would be a great issue that OccupyLA could take up.

http://www.publicartinla.com/Downtown/figueroa/Pershing_Square_History/pershing1888_3.html



sexy
10.14.11 - 6:44 pm

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nice idea




PeterR
responding to a comment by sexy
10.14.11 - 7:42 pm

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Cool thread gizzard!



mandingo
10.15.11 - 10:18 pm

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Playa del Rey Motordrome history
http://socalarchhistory.blogspot.com/2011/03/first-board-track-opened-at-los-angeles.html


someone from 1947P compare's LA Noire to reality
http://www.1947project.com/47PplaysLANoire






enzomatic
10.16.11 - 10:06 pm

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tunnel ride!!!!!



mechazawa
01.10.12 - 12:21 pm

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three years ago I moved from NJ to LA, the rest is history





newarkhouse
01.10.12 - 12:35 pm

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holy shit can we do that again?



Roadblock
responding to a comment by newarkhouse
01.10.12 - 4:01 pm

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Holy Shit!!! Can I do that for the first time!?? I would love to do a Uni ride in that tunnel. My new knee is 2 months old and I'm coming back soon!



DancesOnH2O
responding to a comment by newarkhouse
01.10.12 - 9:59 pm

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I want to go!



FBI
01.10.12 - 10:02 pm

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Not exactly "history," but interesting nonetheless...

PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY preview 720P from Peter Bo Rappmund on Vimeo.



has a show at the Laguna Art Museum later this year.



theroyalacademy
01.18.12 - 10:02 am

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Well, I mangled the HTML a little.

Should have been:

He has a show at the Laguna Art Museum later this year.

(Unless I screw that up too.)



theroyalacademy
01.18.12 - 10:04 am

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the la river used to be a raging flow that often flooded it's banks. It was damned up to keep it under control. Now it's a piss trickle.




rev106
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
01.19.12 - 10:08 pm

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Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles (BBC, 1972)



theroyalacademy
01.21.12 - 8:34 pm

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I literally just watched that Reyner film.

Thought you guys would enjoy these two bits on LA as well
http://thefmly.com/2012/01/26/la-plays-itself/



FMLY
01.26.12 - 12:11 pm

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2091367/Building-La-La-Land--Fascinating-pictures-trace-life-Los-Angeles-rural-outpost-bastion-American-fame-fortune.html

check out the original eastside ridazz



enzomatic
01.26.12 - 6:06 pm

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Just in case you guys haven't checked this out, it's worth a look!
LAPL Facebook
it's awesome that there's actually stuff that's worth reading on FB, but if you don't have an account, you can always check out the LAPL website to search for archived pictures.I can spend hours on here!




Gizzard
06.15.12 - 10:45 am

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oops! i forgot to mention its the photo collections website, i'm sure the library has its own fb and twitter and whatever the hell is cool now a days :|



Gizzard
06.15.12 - 10:47 am

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I just got back from Palau and now I hate L.A. and that sucks because it's where I'm from!



Velocipede
06.19.12 - 7:40 pm

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.... Fuuuck MR,



MIDNIGHT SWIMAZZ ! ! !



Joe Borfo
responding to a comment by Velocipede
06.20.12 - 10:50 am

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The Black Rose Society Anarchist Tour, Downtown Part 1. July 21, 2012 at 10:00 am the Southeast corner of E 1st St. and N Los Angeles.



Funarchist Bike Movement
06.21.12 - 10:03 pm

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Interesting post on the changing imagery associated with the LA mythos on the KCET art blog.



theroyalacademy
07.3.12 - 8:56 am

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It's been a while since I read Joan Didion's Where I Was From, but it covers some similar territory - the influence of the railroad, the mythologies that were constructed around the "settlement" of California, &c. What's maybe more interesting than the history is the way she follows how the (generally quite flawed) stories that people told themselves about character and class and connection to the land have been carried through to today.

It's not really an LA-specific book, but it does have an extended section on the collapse of the aerospace industry in Southern California that's very much worth reading. I mean, the whole book is worth reading, but that's the LA part, which is the part that's relevant to the LA History thread.



nathansnider
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
07.5.12 - 6:57 pm

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Amazing blog!



Joe Borfo
responding to a comment by July
09.21.12 - 1:54 am

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Endeavor makes its final flight in LA
So jealous of you Angelinos :P



Gizzard
09.21.12 - 7:20 am

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There are some nifty maps of LA and stuff, with full-size scans for downloading (!!), to be found on the Big Map Blog.



nathansnider
10.6.12 - 7:39 pm

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not trying



dancro
10.6.12 - 10:36 pm

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oh me html es debicil





dancro
10.6.12 - 10:38 pm

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sorry for the nyc post, i love the whole country minn to nyc.

i posted an east coast speaker agreed, but then there is this bob n tom idea i love as well





dancro
10.6.12 - 10:54 pm

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Soon to be history: Puente Hills landfill, "the nation's largest active municipal dump."





theroyalacademy
04.5.13 - 1:11 pm

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How long until you think they can turn it into a county park?

Might have to revisit last years ride?



Joe Borfo
responding to a comment by theroyalacademy
04.5.13 - 1:30 pm

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Let's dew it, Rev,




Creative Thing
responding to a comment by Joe Borfo
04.5.13 - 8:43 pm

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This year's Archives Bazaar is today, Saturday the 12th.

Check it out!

(Okay, the schedule of events this time around is kinda lame overall, but still worth a trip to check out the different organizations that have tables if you've never been.)



theroyalacademy
10.12.13 - 1:23 am

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