Alexandria Hotel 1915

Alexandria Hotel

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The Alexandria Hotel at 501 South Spring Street became Los Angeles’s first five-star luxury when it opened on February 12, 1906.  It also served as the city’s main social center from 1906 to the end of 1920. The hotel appears in Haunted by History Vol. 1.   I’ve included a few photos of the hotel through the years. Check back often because this […]

Downtown Los Angeles 1950

Los Angeles photos in the 1950s

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Los Angeles photos in the 1950s. Above: Downtown in 1950.   A traffic jam on Figueroa Street facing Sunset, circa 1950.   ” ‘Death Symphony’ Jest Turns on Rodzinski” LOS ANGELES TIMES (Feb. 4, 1950) — The laugh with which Arthur Rodzinski defied the death and superstition which lurk around Tschaikowsky’s [sic.] “Symphonie Pathetique” as […]

Downtown Los Angeles 1930

Life in Los Angeles in the 1930s

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Life in Los Angeles in the 1930s Above photo: Downtown Los Angeles in 1930.   Howe’s “At the Sign of the Indian” Complete Motor Service, located at 7456 Melrose Avenue, circa 1930. Proprietor: Leon D. Howe. (Photo: LAPL 00057621)   The Umbrella Service Station, General Petroleum Gas, circa 1930, once located at 830 South La […]

Sixth Street Park Los Angeles 1888

Central Park – Pershing Square – photos

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Sixth-street Park, now Pershing Square, in 1888. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is in the background.   History of Pershing Square Back in the 1850s, settlers camped on an undeveloped parcel of land near Los Angeles’s original Spanish plaza. As Los Angeles grew, city officials in 1866 designated five acres of the former campground into a park. Because it bordered St. Vincent’s college at […]

McKinley visit 1901 Main Street

Los Angeles – Southern California photos – 1900 – 1909

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Above photo: Main Street, looking north from around 6th Street. Photo was taken on May 8, 1901, the day U.S. President William McKinley visited Los Angeles.   The Los Angeles High School football team, circa 1899-1900. According to the Los Angeles Times, the high school occasionally played colleges and universities to fill its season. For instance, […]