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Angelenos dressed to the nines arrive in Santa Monica on the Pasadena & Pacific Railway, 1896

In this photo we have a large group of Angelenos dressed to the nines arriving in Santa Monica on the Pasadena & Pacific Railway in 1896. The motto of the Pasadena & Pacific Railway was “from the mountains to the … Continue reading

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The L.J. Rose residence at Fourth and Grand, Los Angeles in 1890

The massive The L.J. Rose residence stood at Fourth and Grand in what is now downtown Los Angeles. Bunker Hill was filled with these grand homes. John Rose was as very successful vintner and built his mansion in 1888. This … Continue reading

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Residential stretch of Seventh Street at Lucas Avenue, Los Angeles, circa 1892

This circa 1892 photo shows us a residential stretch of Seventh Street at Lucas Avenue, not far from downtown Los Angeles. It’s a block south of what was once called Orange Street before Henry Gaylord Wilshire started developing it into … Continue reading

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A 150-foot electric street light at Main and Commercial Streets, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1882

In the early 1880s (this photo is circa 1882) the city of Los Angeles installed seven electric street lights. This one is at the corner of Main and Commercial Streets in downtown LA. For some reason, they were 150 feet … Continue reading

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North Santa Monica Beach, shortly after the Southern Pacific railroad reached the town, 1880s

This is what the northern end of Santa Monica beach looked like in the 1880s, shortly after the Southern Pacific railroad reached the town. It looks like a long, broad wooden platform was built on the sand, with—by the looks … Continue reading

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Bradbury Building at the corner of Broadway and 3rd, downtown Los Angeles, 1894

I was staring at this photo for probably two minutes before I realized it was the Bradbury Building at the corner of Broadway and 3rd in downtown L.A. This photo is from 1894, so it was taken within a year … Continue reading

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The Shatto house, 1213 Valencia at Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, late 1890s

I know the upkeep must have been onerous and the dusting never-ending, but what a shame we no longer have many houses like this one. This was known as the Shatto house after George Shatto, who made a fortune in … Continue reading

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The 200 block of South Olive St, downtown Los Angeles, circa 1895

I guess it was inevitable that the genteel homes that filled the streets of what is now downtown L.A. would eventually give way to huge buildings, but a shame that we couldn’t have held onto some pockets of it. This … Continue reading

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First Electric Car Line in Los Angeles, circa 1887

Every grand urban public transportation network starts somewhere, and LA’s—once the most extensive in the world (hard to believe now, huh?)—started with this. This photo’s caption was “First Electric Car Line in LA” which puts it circa 1887. Notice how … Continue reading

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Downtown train service to Santa Monica, 1892

This marvelous photo shows the arrival of a train from downtown L.A. into Santa Monica in 1892 (on what would have been the Los Angeles-Santa Monica Railroad, which later merged along with other lines to become the Los Angeles Pacific … Continue reading

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