50 Historical Images of Los Angeles
The Chumash and Tongva Were The First To Inhabit The Land
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo Went Exploring
Gaspar de Portolá Established A Post
El Pueblo Sobre el Rio de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula
Mission San Fernando
Orange Groves, Sun, And Colonization
In 1821, Mexico Declares Independence
The Mexican American War
The Sacramento Valley
The Gold Rush And L.A.
L.A. And Manifest Destiny
Pictured below is Los Angeles in the late 1800s, and it took hundreds of years for it to develop into what it was. The idea of manifest destiny pulsed through the European Renaissance from the 13th to 17th century, so navigators were relentlessly packing up colonies and trying to start them on land (particularly in North America) that they had never seen before.
L.A. In 1850
Rancho La Brea Adobe
The First Schoolhouse In L.A.
The Creation Of Los Angeles Town Square
Mayor Cristóbal Aguilar deemed this area the town square of Los Angeles in 1866, and he referred to it as La Plaza Abaja. This location has transformed tremendously in the past couple of decades, and the town square certainly is not what it once was.
The First Railroad
The Los Angeles Library Association
In 1872, The Los Angeles Library Association was created with John Littlefield being named the first librarian of Los Angeles. Within a year, a building with collections of books had started to prosper, yet it still had a long way to go. Women weren't allowed in the library until 1876, and they couldn't read the books until 1880; they fought hard for their rights and the true role of the librarian did not form until women were hired as head librarians.
The Los Angeles Daily Times
The Start Of Hollywood
Edward Doheny And The Oil Industry
Oil All Over L.A.
Griffith Park is named after Griffith J. Griffith, who became rich in L.A. through mining and purchased an ostrich farm to attract people to his property developments. Pictured below is someone enjoying themselves in the park in the early 20th century.
The Venice Canals
La Brea Tar Pits
In the early 1820s, the Rancho La Brea Adobe was built on 5,000 acres of land and the La Brea Tar Pits were also on this land. The original owner of the adobe, Antonio Jose Rocha, had a son who later sold the area to a man named Henry, who was the first to develop the tar pits and harvest oil from them.
The First Director, D.W. Griffith
Nestor Film Company
The Los Angeles Aqueduct
The Los Angeles Aqueduct was a massive, intellectual development that took almost a decade for William Mulholland, Frederick Eaton, and J.B. Lippincott to create the plans for and build.
Grand Central Market
In October of 1917, the Wonder Market (later named the Grand Central Market), opened its doors for the first time. At the time, it was the grandest public market on the Pacific Coast, and everyone rushed here to purchase countless types of goods.
The Hollywoodland Sign
Tourism In L.A.
A Brief History Of Transportation In L.A.
Los Angeles And The Devastating Racism
The Climate Of L.A.
Los Angeles' Industries
The Geography of Los Angeles
Where The Name Came From
The Waterways In L.A.
The Natural Environment In Los Angeles
An Overall View Of The Population's History
The History Of The Economic Exuberance In L.A.
The Zoot Suit Riots
L.A. During WWII
Los Angeles provided countless resources for the war effort, particularly shipbuilding and port services. Over 90,000 people were employed, and one-third of American planes were made in L.A.