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Los Angeles

By Levi Clancy for לוי on

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A person living in LA with usually be intimately familiar with surface streets in the one region where they live -- maybe two regions, if they work in another part of town.

Otherwise, it's just the freeways. This myopia will relegate LA's myriad of cities to place names passed on freeways, heard on news, or regarded as just too far out there. A youth in Downtown LA may have never gone to the beach; a Valley teen may view the city over the hills as a distant southern frontier, like the border with Mexico.

However, with adulthood usually comes a useful repertoire of little memories: a few restaurants near your cousin's place in Alhambra; loving the Pier and the Promenade from when you had that beach day; a mental image of Koreatown after visiting a bar there once. Sure, you can get around ok -- but you may get a little lost.

44 dusty settlers unpacked their belongings on Sept 4 1781 on the west bank of the Los Angeles River.

This was the final part of the Spanish master plan for the colonization of California. Eleven families of different ethnic backgrounds (Spanish, Black and mestizo) founded this pueblo. The little town grew slowly.

In its second century Los Angeles was a boomtown.

The coming of the railroads, development of a top-notch harbor, construction of vast aqueducts bringing water from hundreds of miles away, discovery of oil, motion picture industry and the discovery of gold all contributed to Los Angeles' growth.

Pre-HistoryThe site of Los Angeles was originally an Indian village referred to by the Indians as Yang-na. On September 4, 1781, Father Junipero Serra and Governor Don Felipe de Neve founded a pueblo for the King of Spain alongside the Indians' Yang-na village. The pueblo was named El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula (The City of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula -- with Porciuncula being the early name for the Los Angeles River.
Mission EraThe founding of the mission marked a new epoch in the region's history. However, it was not until the founding of the Pueblo that Los Angeles itself started its long tale.
Mexican Ranchos
American Ranchos
Modern Era BeginsWith the advent of the modern era, the history of the old Pueblo ceases to be the history of Los Angeles.
20th Century