Haunted L.A.

Alexandria Hotel

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Alexandria Hotel 1915

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 […]

1960s

Los Angeles: The Swinging 60s photos (1960-1969)

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Los Angeles 1960

Los Angeles: The Swinging 60s photos (1960-1969) Above: Downtown 1960.   In 1960, the Los Angeles County Medical Association set up a special drive-in clinic for people to receive a Salk polio shot without having to leave their car. This particular clinic was held at the Glendale Federal Savings and Loan Association at 401 N. […]

1950s

Los Angeles photos in the 1950s

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Downtown Los Angeles 1950

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 […]

1930s

Life in Los Angeles in the 1930s

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Downtown Los Angeles 1930

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 […]

1920s

Life in Los Angeles: The Roaring 20s

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Los Angeles traffic jam

A pictorial look at Los Angeles in the Roaring 20s! Above photo: A traffic jam in 1920.   A vintage 1920s postcard of Los Angeles’ “Busy Broadway.” The view looks south from 6th Street.     The 500 block of S. Broadway in 1920.   The Chocolate Shop moved from its original location on Fifth Street […]

History

Central Park – Pershing Square – photos

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Sixth Street Park Los Angeles 1888

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 […]

1900s

Los Angeles – Southern California photos – 1900 – 1909

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McKinley visit 1901 Main Street

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, […]

1920s

Olvera Street – Photos

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Olvera Street

A woman sits at a sandstone water trough on the the north end of Olvera Street, circa 1930s. The trough dates back to 1897.   Olvera Street in 1925.   Street musicians on the porch of the Avila Adobe. (LAPL)       The El Paseo de Los Angeles, 1934. The La Golondrina Mexican Cafe […]

1910s

Yuma Land Rush in Los Angeles – 1910

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RUSH FOR LAND ON; SCORES IN LINE ALL NIGHT Yuma Homeseekers Camp Outside Doors of Auditorium READY FOR DRAWING Thousands Expected in Rush for Tract Opened by Government. LOS ANGELES HERALD March 1, 1910 — Yuma land seekers began to form a line in front of the Shrine Auditorium at 8 o’clock last evening, and […]