|California (Los Angeles County), Altadena — 990 — Christmas Tree Lane|
|The 135 Deodar Cedar trees were planted in 1885 by the Woodbury Family, the founders of Altadena. First organized by F.C. Nash in 1920, the "Mile of Christmas Trees" has been strung with 10,000 lights each holiday season through the efforts of volunteers and the Christmas Tree Lane Association. It is the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting spectacle in Southern California. — Map (db m50989) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Arcadia — Santa Anita During World War II|
|Early in 1942 the US government designated Santa Anita Park for special usage during the war years.
Pursuant to Executive Order 9066 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, from March 30, 1942 until October 27, 1942 the facility was used as an assembly and processing center for approximately 20,000 Japanese Americans prior to their displacement to interment camps in other areas of the country.
From 1942 until 1945, the government utilized the property as an Army Base – Camp . . . — Map (db m68088) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Arcadia — Seabiscuit — 1933-1947|
|Won 1940 Santa Anita Handicap
to become world's greatest
money winner at that time.
Charles S. Howard
1877-1950 — Map (db m52754) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Avalon — Avalon Veterans Memorial|
|This Memorial is Dedicated
to All Veterans - Men and
Women - Who Have Served
Their Country in Harm's Way
In All Branches of
The Armed Forces
United States of America
VFW Post #4682
Avalon, California — Map (db m69087) WM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Avalon — Wrigley Memorial|
There are five panels placed at the memorial:
First panel in front of the memorial to the right. There is a duplicate panel located at the left entrance of the walkway:
Wrigley Memorial is dedicated to the memory of Wm. Wrigley Jr. It was designed by the architectural firm of Bennett, Parsons and Frost of Chicago.
Excavation for the building began in July 1933, actual construction was started in October of that same year, and the building was completed in June of . . . — Map (db m69075) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Avalon, Catalina Island — Catalina Island Yacht Club — Founded 1924|
|The Catalina Island Yacht Club has been a welcoming landmark in Avalon Bay since the building was completed in 1924. One of the oldest and most unique yacht clubs in Southern California, it has a proud history rich in the lore and tradition of Catalina Island. Community groups and members from throughout the Western United States enjoy its enduring hospitality and fellowship while sharing a common love of Catalina Island and the City of Avalon. The clubhouse built and maintained by its members . . . — Map (db m49679) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Avalon, Catalina Island — The Leaping Tuna — (The Thunnus Thynnus or Bluefin Tuna)|
|The sport of big game fishing originated in Avalon when Charles Frederick Holder caught a 183 pound Blue Fin Tuna with sport fish tackle on June 1, 1898. This angling milestone inspired him to form the Tuna Club of Santa Catalina Island, an organization dedicated to promoting conservation of our marine recourses and good sportsmanship among anglers. It was once common for vast schools of tuna to arrive in early summer within view of the island, often amazing onlookers with their ability to make . . . — Map (db m49856) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Avalon, Catalina Island — 997 — The Tuna Club of Avalon|
|The Tuna Club of Avalon marks the birthplace of modern big game sportfishing. In 1898, led by Dr. Charles Frederick Holder, the club's founding members adopted the rules of conduct stressing conservationist ethics and sporting behavior. Today, their work remains the basis for the sport's internationally accepted principles. — Map (db m49678) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Burbank — Big Boy — State of California Point of Historical Interest|
|This restaurant was built in 1949 by locals Scott MacDonald and Ward Albert and is the oldest remaining Bob's Family Restaurant in America. It was designed by respected architect Wayne McAllister incorporating the 1940s Transitional design of Streamline Modern Style while anticipating the Freeform 50s Coffee Shop architecture. The towering Bobs sign is an integral part of the building's design and its most prominent feature. — Map (db m52246) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Burbank — Burbank City Hall|
|Burbank City Hall
April 18, 1996
This Property has been
Placed on the
United States Department
Of The Interior — Map (db m55763) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Burbank — Burbank Post Office|
This property has been
placed on the
of Historical Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior — Map (db m55762) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Burbank — Burbank's First City Hall|
|Burbank's first City Hall was built here in 1916. The building housed the offices of the City Council and City Manager, and was also home to the Police and Fire Departments. In 1943, these offices were relocated to the present-day City Hall across the street. The building was demolished in 1959 and replaced by a new Police Headquarters, which stood on this site until 1999.
The Burbank Heritage Commission thanks the Cusumano Family for recognizing Burbank's history. — Map (db m57665) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Burbank — Story Hardware|
|On this site in 1915, Thomas Story with sons Henry and Walter opened Story & Sons Hardware store. Thomas Story was one of Burbank’s earliest pioneers, arriving here in 1877. He opened Burbank’s first livery stable in 1899, and also farmed and sold real estate locally. When Burbank incorporated in 1911, Story became the first President of the Board of Trustees, an office corresponding to the current position of Mayor. Story died in 1937, but Story’s Hardware continued to operate on this site until 1986. — Map (db m55761) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Canyon Country — 590 — Lang Southern Pacific Station|
|On September 5, 1876, Charles Crocker, President of the Southern Pacific Company, drove a gold spike here to complete his company's San Joaquin Valley Line, the first rail connection of Los Angeles with San Francisco and Transcontinental lines. — Map (db m30663) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Carson — Robert A. Cinader|
|Robert A. Cinader's involvement with the Los Angeles County Fire Department began in 1971 when he filmed a pilot television movie about the county's fledgling paramedic program.
"Emergency" aired in 1972 and ran as a prime time show for five years with a weekly audience of 13 million people. The show brought attention and acclaim to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
More importantly, it showed public officials across the nation that lives could be saved by local paramedic programs. . . . — Map (db m50349) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Cerritos — Cerritos Air Disaster Memorial|
|On August 31, 1986 at 11:56 A.M., two planes collided above a Cerritos neighborhood in the vicinity of Carmenita Road and 18rd Street. The tragic accident claimed 82 lives, destroyed 11 homes and severely damaged seven others. The collison was partially caused by inadequate airport approach and departure controls.
This tragedy became known as the Cerritos Air Disaster and resulted in implementation of safer procedures for airport approaches and departures.
The people of Cerritos offer . . . — Map (db m73108) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), City of Industry — 874 — William Workman Home|
|Home of pioneer William Workman. Workman and co-owner John Rowland developed the 48,790-acre La Puenta Rancho. Workman and co-leader Rowland organized the first wagon train of permanent eastern settlers which arrived in Southern California on November 5, 1841. Workman first began this home in 1842, then remodeled it in 1872 to resemble an English Manor House. — Map (db m50981) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), City of Industry — 874 — Workman Family Cemetery|
|"El Campo Santo," this region's earliest known private family cemetery, was established in 1850 by William Workman. The miniature Classic Grecian mausoleum was built in 1919 by grandson Walter P. Temple. Included in this cemetery are the remains of Workman, his family and descendents, partner John Rowland, friend Pio Pico (the last California Governor under Mexican rule), and his wife Maria Ygnacia Pico. — Map (db m50983) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Compton — 152 — Domínguez Ranch House|
[The arch way leading to the grounds is flanked by two markers:]
Domínguez Ranch House
Central portion built in 1826 by Manuel Domínguez.
Rancho San Pedro
Ten square leagues granted, provisionally by Governor Fages to Juan José Domínguez in 1784. Regranted by Governor Sola to Cristóbal Domínguez in 1822.
Battle of Domínguez Ranch
Fought on this rancho October 8 & 9, 1846, when Californians led by José Antonio Carrillo repelled United . . . — Map (db m64857) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Compton — 718 — First United States Air Meet|
|About one half mile southeast of this spot, on Dominguez Hill in historic Rancho San Pedro, the first Air Meet in the United States was held during January 10-20, 1910. Subsequently, this area has evolved into one of the world's leading aviation-industrial centers. — Map (db m50979) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Compton — 664 — Heritage House|
|The original house of two rooms was built in 1869 by A.R. Loomis. Other rooms were added by successive occupants. It was marked as the "Oldest House in Compton" in 1955; purchased by the city June 11, 1957; and removed from 209 South Acacia Street to its present site in that year. Restored, refurnished, and renamed by the citizens of Compton as a tribute to early settlers of the community, it was presented to the public April 14, 1958. — Map (db m50977) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Compton — PFC James Anderson — Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient|
| PFC James Anderson Jr. was born in Los Angeles California on Jan. 22, 1947. While living in the Carson area, he attended Los Angeles Harbor College for a year and a half before joining the United States Marine Corps in February of 1966.
PFC James Anderson Jr. was assigned as a rifleman in Company F, 2nd Battalion Third Marine Division in the Quang Tri Province in the Republic of Vietnam. In an intense fire fight with enemy troops on Feb. 28, 1967, PFC. Anderson was mortally wounded when . . . — Map (db m62660) WM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 5 — American Legion Building|
|A portion of the original Spanish landgrant Rancho La Ballona
The American Legion Post #46 clubhouse was dedicated on August 9, 1930. Contractor Don S. Ely erected the building on this site over the first swimming pool in the area, on land donated for this purpose by Harry H. Culver. The structure was restored by new owner, Brotman Medical Center, and re-opened in 1984. — Map (db m49954) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 11 — Civil War Union Camp Latham — (1861-1862)|
|The First California Infantry, under Col. James H. Carleton, and First California Calvary, under Lt. Col. Benjamin F. Davis, marched from the port of San Pedro, 18 miles, a day's journey, to lay out Camp Latham. Named for U.S. Sen. Milton S. Latham, who also served as California's 6th governor, the purpose of the camp was to curb Southern sentiment. This Civil War tent encampment, California's initial southern staging area for the war, was located on the south side of Ballona Creek, in this . . . — Map (db m49960) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 1 — Culver City — Site of City Hall — Dedicated 1928|
|The city of Culver City incorporated in 1912, built its first permanent City Hall on this site in 1926. This is a portion of the original Spanish landgrant, Rancho La Ballona. — Map (db m49949) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 12 — Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park — First Park in Culver City|
|This land was first traversed by Native Americans, called Tongva, (later known as the Gabrielinos). Under Spanish rule, it was settled as a portion of Rancho La Ballona. After Culver City was incorporated in 1917, the property became a horseracing track (1923-24), and in 1924, a reported 50,000 people attended the opening of "The Speedway," a board racetrack.
This section was designated as "Victory Park," the first park in Culver City in 1927. The name was changed in 1964 by the city . . . — Map (db m49961) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 10 — La Ballona School|
|Originally a wood-frame structure, classes began for the 1865-66 school year as a part of the Ballona School District. In its first year, there were 17 boys and 11 girls registered in 14 classes. The teacher, Miss Craft from Boston, received $50 a month, including board. The school year was seven months long, so children would work on the ranchos. Established on a portion of Rancho La Ballona, this is the oldest school in what became Culver City. It eventually became a part of the Culver City Unified School District. — Map (db m49959) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 6 — Main Street|
|Once a part of Rancho La Ballona, Main Street was so recorded in 1913, through the efforts of real estate developer Harry Culver, our city's founder. It was the hub of our city and the street address of the Harry Culver Co. In 1924, the 6-story Hunt Hotel, a local movie landmark, was built by Culver, later to be renamed the Culver City Hotel. — Map (db m51858) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 3 — St. Augustine's Church|
|In 1883 this land was donated by Señor J. Francisco Figueroa to the Roman Catholic Church of Los Angeles in order that a mission church be built to serve the people of La Ballona Valley. In 1887 a small wooden chapel was built on this site. Priests from Saint Monica's Church in Santa Monica regularly said mass here. This mission church was named after Saint Monica's son, Saint Augustine. It was the first church in what was to become Culver City. — Map (db m49951) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 4 — The Citizen Publishing Building|
|"Dedicated in perpetuity to the service of the people that no good cause shall lack a champion and that evil shall not thrive unopposed."
The Citizen Publishing and Printing Company, established in 1923 by Eugene Donovan was the oldest independent newspaper under continued family ownership in the Bay District. This site on which the Citizen Building was erected in 1929 is a portion of the original Spanish landgrant Rancho La Ballona. — Map (db m50078) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 7 — The Culver Studios|
|On this site in 1919, the Colonial Administration Building of what was to become one of Culver City's three major motion picture studios was completed. Built by and first producing film as the Thomas H. Ince Studios, it later became known as DeMille Studios, RKO, Pathe, RKO-Pathe, Selznick, Desilu, Culver City Studios, and most recently Laird International. On the back lot, such famous scenes as the "Burning of Atlanta" for Gone with the Wind were filmed. — Map (db m49955) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 9 — The Helms Building|
|Constructed in 1930 in Zig-Zag Moderne style, the Helms Building played an important part in the history of Culver City. It housed the Helms Bakery until 1969, a family owned business founded by Paul Helms. Helms Bakery was known as "the home of Helms Olympic Bread" since it was a food supplier for the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. Locals listened for the whistle of more than 1000 Helms Coaches as the vehicles traversed Southern California with their fresh baked goods. The building remains an . . . — Map (db m49957) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 2 — The Hull Building|
|The Hull Building was built on this site in 1925. Dr. Foster Hull, having the interest of his profession at heart, built the most modern medical offices and hospital possible for that time. Early in the 1930's, Louis Freeman acquired the building which served Culver City in its various uses and to this date has retained its original character. — Map (db m49950) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 8 — The Lugo Ranch|
|The Lugos, a Spanish landgrant family, arrived in the pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles in the 1700's and settled prior to 1900 on this site. This was originally a portion of Rancho La Ballona which was established by the Machados.
Mercurial and Rita Reyes Lugo raised eight children here and remained until their deaths. Mercurial farmed, acted as water-overseer and was the unofficial lawman prior to the incorporation of Culver City in 1917.
This marker is dedicated to . . . — Map (db m51869) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Culver City — 13 — Veterans Memorial Building (VMB)|
|Culver City purchased a major portion of this land, known as Exposition Park, in 1938. It was officially designated as Veterans Memorial Park on August 8, 1949. Bond financing of $550,000 guaranteed the construction of the Veterans Memorial Building on the corner. The original plans promised a "recreational building with a stage, restaurant, film museum, playroom, and large gymnasium." The "tourist tower" was designed to view "back lot" movie sets at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios across the . . . — Map (db m51867) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Downey — The Speedee McDonald's Store — Downey, California|
|This is the oldest existing McDonald's hamburger stand in the world. Its neon arches and red and white tile have become an icon of the California car culture of the 1950s. The towering neon chef, "Speedee," was McDonald's first mascot and symbolizes fast, efficient service.
Opened August 18, 1953, by Roger Williams and Burdette "Bud" Landon, Downey's was the third stand franchised by Richard and Maurice McDonald, who founded the chain in 1948.
Ray Kroc, then a Multimixer milkshake . . . — Map (db m51959) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Duarte — The Trails Restaurant|
|The Trails Restaurant started small, but vigorous in 1952 on land acquired in unincorporated territory along a two lane road known as Highway 66. A welcome stop for travelers, the steak house earned a reputation for its hefty portions, thick soups, crusty cheese bread, and lounge entertainment. When travelers abandoned Route 66 for the new faster freeways, The Trails relied on loyal local patrons.
Unexpectedly, in 2001, owners Edith Brothers and Robert Basha announced the closing of their . . . — Map (db m52460) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), El Monte — 975 — El Monte|
|El Monte, on the bank of the San Gabriel River, played a significant part in California's early pioneer history. It was first an encampment on the Old Spanish Trail, and extension of the trail from Missouri to Sante Fe. By the 1850's some began to call El Monte the "End of the Santa Fe Trail." Early in that decade a permanent settlement was esablished here by immigrants from Texas. The first settlement in Southern California founded by citizens of the United States. — Map (db m50987) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), El Monte — The Frederick G. Exner Memorial Windmill — Erected February 17, 2000|
Donated by Frederick G. Exner to the El Monte Historical Society
Historical Artifact to Compliment the Osmund House Facility
This "The Aermotor Company" windmill was first erected in Gore, North Dakota, in April 1916, and served as a sole source for water production until approximately 1995, at which time Fred Exner purchased it for the El Monte Historical Society. This windmill functions today as it did in the early days of the 20th Century
Mayor - Rachel Montes • Vice Mayor - Jack . . . — Map (db m51290) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Encino — De La Osa Adobe — Los Encinos State Historical Monument|
|This dwelling, built in 1849 by Don Vincente de la Osa, was a favored stopping place for the numerous travelers on El Camino Real. It stands on land that is part of the one-square-league Rancho El Encino granted in 1845 by Governor Pio Pico to three Indians, Ramon, Francisco, and Roque, whose interests were purchased by Don Vincente. Originally the land was under the jurisdiction of Mission San Fernando Rey founded in 1797. — Map (db m61993) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Glendale — Doctors House|
|The doctors house, a Glendale landmark, is named for the three prominent physicians Dr. G.V. Bogue, Dr. D.W. Hunt, and Dr. A.L. Bryant, and for DR. L.H. Hurtt chemist who made it their home. One of the few remaining residences of Queen Anne Eastlake style of architecture in Glendale, it was originally located on the northwest corner of Wilson and Belmont. When a permit was issued for its demolition in 1979, a successful rescue effort was initiated by Councilman John F. Day. The Glendale . . . — Map (db m55764) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Glendale — El Miradero — "A high place overlooking a wide view" — Constructed 1903|
|Known as Brand's Castle
Home of L.C. Brand-Pioneer and
Prominent developer in Glendale
Design by Nathaniel Dryden
Historical "City of Glendale California" Landmark — Map (db m56191) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Glendale — Miss American Green Cross — Re-creation of the American Green Cross Monument|
|Miss American Green Cross was originally dedicated on May 4, 1928 to represent the American Green Cross Society. The early environmental organization was dedicated to the "saving of American's greatest asset-trees". The first chapter of the Society was awarded to Glendale. The monument first stood on the grounds of old Glendale High School at the corner of Broadway and Verdugo Road.
Miss American Green Cross represents an early awareness of the earth's fragile environment. Inscriptions . . . — Map (db m56198) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Hawaiian Gardens — Carson Street Landscaping|
|Dedicated March 16, 1972, to the
Armed Services Veterans, and those
lost in action that call Hawaiian Gardens home.
"Our brave young people
have kept our country free."
Mayor Vern W. Furgeson
Hawaiian Gardens City Council
Mayor Vern W. Furgeson
Mayor Pro-tem W. Carl Rodgers
Concilmen: Leland S. Johnson
Robert G. Leach
C. Robert Lee
Recreation Donald L. Schultze
Planning Clifton Shryock
Traffic Glen Turner
City Treasurer Helen Mork . . . — Map (db m65824) WM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Hawthorne — 1041 — Site of the Childhood Home of The Beach Boys|
|It was here in the home of parents Murry and Audree that Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson grew to manhood and developed their musical skills. During Labor Day weekend 1961, they, with cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine, gathered here to record a tape of their breakthrough song "Surfin'." This marked the birth of the rock group known worldwide as The Beach Boys, and the beginning of an historic musical legacy that would change the recording industry. The music of the Wilsons, Love, Jardine, . . . — Map (db m59320) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Hollywood — Award of Excellence KTLA-TV|
|Award of Excellence KTLA-TV
The first television station west of the Mississippi, KTLA-5 has been a part of Los Angeles broadcasting since January 22, 1947. — Map (db m32469) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Hollywood — Hattie McDaniel — 1895-1952|
|To honor her last wish, renowned performer. Academy Award 1939 Gone With The Wind. "Aunt Hattie, you are a credit to your craft, your race, and to your family" Edgar Goff — Map (db m82164) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Hollywood — 44 — Site of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel — 7000 Hollywood Blvd — 44|
|Built in 1927 by a group of celebrities that included Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Louis B. Mayer. Site of the first Academy Awards in 1929. A hideaway for Clark Gable and Carol Lombard. Marilyn Monroe did her first commerical shoot by the pool. The Cinegrill, which opened in 1936, was popular nightspot, giving stars such as Mary Martin a start. Regular patrons included Frank Capra, Dick Powell, W.C. Fields, Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan. — Map (db m77069) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Hollywood — 37 — Site of the Pig' N Whistle — 6714 Hollywood Blvd. — 37|
|Sidney Hoedemaker opened Hollywood's first family restaurant (that welcomed children) in 1927 and featured rich, hand-carved wood decor. Popular tunes were played on a pipe organ. The Hollywood Glee Club performed Friday evenings. Loreatta Young dined here Sundays. Barbara Stanwyck dropped by several times a week. Other regulars included: Spencer Tracy, Howard Hughes, Buddy Rogers and Shirley Temple. The dancing, flute-playing pig can still be seen above the marquee. — Map (db m77067) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Hollywood — Site of Warner Pacific Theatre — 6423-6445 Hollywood Blvd — 12|
|Built by Warner Bros. in 1928 to be the crown jewel of its West Coast theaters. Sam Warner oversaw construction but died before it was completed. His ghost is said to haunt the building. The Italian Renaissance exterior design theme is continued inside. The two towers were originally used for radio broadcasting and displayed the call letters KFWB, which is said to have stood for "Keep Filming Warner Bros". Carol Burnett was an usherette here in the 1940s. — Map (db m77068) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Hollywood — The Hollywood Reporter|
|The first entertainment trade paper
founded in Hollywood, California
September 3, 1930 — Map (db m32462) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lakewood — The Boys of Del Valle Park|
|We climbed aboard that huge winged rocket,
and rode it to the sky.
Our minds would soar for hours and hours,
we're never gonna die.
With pitch and yaw, dives and rolls,
we'd blast bad guys to heaven.
We'd crash and burn and walk away,
heck, we're only seven.
But jets give way to bats and balls,
to hoop and football too.
"We've got great potential," they'd say,
"The rest is up to you."
How quick time travels from innocent days,
of running in the sun.
'till . . . — Map (db m66477) WM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — Arthur K. "Kit" Murray — Aerospace Walk of Honor|
|Arthur "Kit" Murray was instrumental in pioneering the techniques of air-to-air fueling and the development of talk-down techniques for landing experimental aircraft. As a Flight Test Pilot at Edwards AFB, he flew programs on the X-1A and X-5, flew the X-4 and made the first powered flight on the X-1B. He developed control techniques in 13 semi-ballistic flights of the Bell X-1A at record altitudes. In 1954, Murray flew the Bell X-1A to a new unofficial world altitude of 90,440 feet, becoming . . . — Map (db m66498) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — Col. Robert L. "Silver Fox" Stephens, USAF
— Aerospace Walk of Honor|
|Colonel Stephens distinguished himself in flight test, flying nearly all of the jet fighter aircraft from the F-80 Shooting Star to the F-106 Delta Dart. He graduated from the Experimental Test Pilot School in 1949.
Called the "Silver Fox" because of his prematurely gray hair, he was the first military pilot to fly the YF-12A, the Air Force's secret titanium-skinned interceptor, and the SR-71 advanced reconnaissance aircraft.
On May 1, 1965, at Edwards Air Force Base, . . . — Map (db m79153) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — Colonel Jack L. Ridley — Aerospace Walk of Honor|
|The Flight Test Mission Control Center at Edwards Air Force Base is named for Colonel Ridley who lost his life in 1957 in the crash of a C-47 aircraft while serving on the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group in Japan.
Ridley was a pioneer of aviation engineering, an innovator, and one of the architects of modern aircraft testing. He logged more than 2,800 flight hours in his short career. He considered himself proficient in the flying of the F-80, F-86, F-84, F-89, B-29, B-45, B-47, . . . — Map (db m66504) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — Colonel Jesse P. "Jake" Jacobs, Jr. — Aerospace Walk of Honor|
|Colonel Jacobs received the Legion of Merit for meritorious service as Director and test pilot on the C-5A Test Force. It was at the time, one of the world's largest aircraft.
During his 46 years in aerospace, Jacobs logged more than 10,600 flight hours in over 100 types, models and series of aircraft. He flew 28 combat missions over Germany in B-17's in World War II. He added 121 combat missions in F-80's in Korea. He served as a test pilot for more than 19 years at Edwards, Wright . . . — Map (db m66503) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — F/A, NASA Tail Number 842|
|This F/A-18 Hornet (bureau Number 161214) is a pre-production A-Model airplane whose first prototype rolled out of the McDonnell Douglas Plant on September 13, 1978. The Carrier-based Navel strike fighter did not become operational for several years after that. Derived from the Northrop YF-17, the Hornet was developed and produced jointly by Northrop and McDonnell Douglas. The particular F-18 served initially as a test aircraft for the U.S. Navy at Patuxent River, Maryland, before coming to the . . . — Map (db m52887) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — F-4 Phantom II — Boeing Plaza - Aerospace Walk of Honor|
| Panel 1: On loan from the United States Air Force, this F-4 Phantom II was acquired on November 7, 2001 from Edwards Air Force Base and transported to the Boeing Company facility at USAF Plant 42. Boeing volunteers worked many hours to restore the fighter to its original condition. In the early morning hours of September 21, 2002, the F-4 was transported here to Boeing plaza, where it proudly flies today.
Built by McDonnell Douglas [formerly McDonnell] in St. Louis, Missouri, the . . . — Map (db m51280) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — Fred Wallace Haise
— Aerospace Walk of Honor|
|Fred Haise is best known as the Lunar Module Pilot who, in 1970, was a crewmember on the dramatic Apollo 13 aborted lunar mission. Due to an oxygen tank explosion, the crew had to utilize the Lunar Module "Aquarius" as a lifeboat. This mission will stand in history as a hallmark example of the ingenuity of a highly trained flight and ground team to develop "real time" procedures and techniques to overcome a life-threatening situation.
Haise logged more than 9,100 hours in flight, . . . — Map (db m69508) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — Henry E. "Hank" Chouteau — Aerospace Walk of Honor|
|As Northrop’s Chief Test Pilot for advanced fighter aircraft, Hank Chouteau helped develop dozens of new or modified aircraft, participating in aircraft design, development, test flights and marketing.
Chouteau logged more than 7,300 flight hours in more than 80 models of aircraft. He piloted first flights in nine aircraft including the YF-5A, F-5A, F-5E, the CF-5A and CF-5B in Canada, the NF-5 in the Netherlands, and the YF-17 prototype for the F-18 Navy Strike Fighter. He helped develop . . . — Map (db m66501) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — John A. Manke — Aerospace Walk of Honor|
|John Manke was a NASA Research Pilot for more than 11 years and has flown over 4,500 hours. His career was highlighted by NASA research flights to test lifting body aircraft, preparing the way for the Space Shuttle and follow-on space programs.
He piloted the first unpowered lifting body approach to a precision landing on a concrete runway in 1975, providing data needed by the Space Shuttle Program to prepare for unpowered landings from orbital flight.
As a principal NASA lifting . . . — Map (db m66505) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — John B. "Jack" McKay — Aerospace Walk of Honor|
|Jack McKay died in 1975--20 years to the day after his first rocket flight. He had retired from NASA four years earlier, climaxing a 20-year flying career at Edwards in which he become one of the Center’s most experienced rocket pilots. In the 50's and 60's, McKay flew most of the nation’s rocket aircraft--from the "B" and "E" versions of the famed X-1, to the X-15.
McKay flew the jet and rocket versions of the D-558 Skyrocket. He went aloft in the follow-on versions of the X-1, flying . . . — Map (db m66496) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — Joshua Memorial Park Veterans Monument|
|This monument is dedicated to
the brave men and women that honorable served
in the Armed Forces of the United States of America
in time of peace, wars and conflict.
The freedom of this great nation is only possible
because of the sacrifice of those that served
U.S. Army 14 June 1775 * U.S. Navy 13 August 1775 * U.S. Marines 10 November 1775 * U.S. Coast Guard 4 August 1790 * U.S. Air Force 18 September 1947 — Map (db m66336) WM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — Lt. Col. Robert G. "Bob" Ferry, USAF
— Aerospace Walk of Honor|
|Colonel Ferry distinguished himself in helicopters. Although he began his career as a fighter pilot, he became expert in helicopters, where he made his mark in 24 years of flight testing. He has flown 10,800 hours in 125 different aircraft, nearly 8,000 of those hours in helicopters.
As the Air Force Project Pilot on the Bell XV-3, he proved the tilt rotor concept which led the way to development of the XV-15 and V-22 Osprey. He is the only pilot to fly three XV types: XV-1, XV-3 and . . . — Map (db m79154) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) — Aerospace Walk of Honor|
|Jimmy Doolittle played an important role in the development of Air Force research at Edwards AFB. He was one of the founding fathers of Systems Command Air Force Research and Development Command. Through the late 1980's, Doolittle made annual visits to Edwards AFB to check on the development of the Air Force Research programs.
Doolittle performed important aeronautical research as an Army test pilot. He was the first pilot (1929) to take-off, fly a course and land an aircraft without . . . — Map (db m69509) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — Thomas C. McMurtry — Aerospace Walk of Honor|
|Thomas McMurtry logged over 11,000 hours of flying time since earning his pilot's wings in 1958. A graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School, he flew the U-2, X-246, F-8A, AD-1, YF-12C, F-104, F-15 and NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
McMurtry joined NASA as a research test pilot in 1967 and piloted the first flights of both the F-8 Supercritical Wing Aircraft on March 9, 1971 and that of the AD-1 on December 21, 1979. He was project pilot on the F-8 Supercritical Wing . . . — Map (db m66507) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — Tuskegee Airmen|
|"....the privileges of being an American" belong to those brave enough to fight for them."
Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.
In our tradition of honoring American aviators who have flown into the pages of history, the City of Lancaster dedicates this monument to the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, America's first black fighter pilots. The sacrifices and triumphs of the "Red Tailed Angels" proved not only that they were worthy of their wings, but that the human spirit cannot be bound by . . . — Map (db m53030) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Lancaster — 658 — Western Hotel|
|This buiding, erected by the Gilroy family in 1876, this building was purchased in 1902 by George T. Webber, who operated it as the Western Hotel. The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce was organized in its dining room. Between 1905 and 1913, construction crews of the Los Angeles-Owens River Aqueduct were housed here, and it became a center of commercial and social activity in the early life of the community. — Map (db m53028) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — 10th Anniversary|
|In commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the sister-city relations between Long Beach and Qingdao
with the complimets of Qingdao Municipal People's Government, P.R. China — Map (db m72459) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Bembridge House|
has been placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
1906 — Map (db m72634) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Casa Aitken — 1932 — Builder: Hart Construction Company|
|A fine example of a Spanish Colonial Revival courtyard apartment with all the charm and decorative enhancements of this Romantic style. The tiled fountain harks back to southern Spain. The first owner, H.J. Hamer, produced a high-quality residence during the Depression years. — Map (db m72619) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Charles Windham House (Lord Mayor's Inn) — 1906 — Architect: George L. Hoodenpyl|
|Built by Charles H. Windham, Mayor of Long Beach 1900 - 1908 and City Manager 1922 - 1932. This Edwardian home was restored in 1988 by owners Laura and Reuben Brasser and restoration architect Laurence E. Winans. — Map (db m72636) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Cooper Arms|
This property has been
placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior — Map (db m72662) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Evolution of a skyline — Long Beach's history can be seen in its rooftops|
|In the early 1990s, Long Beach was world-famous as a visitor destination. Hotels and dance halls, trolleys and roller coasters lured tourist to the city. The mild climate and pristine beaches beckoned people to the water's edge. With daily train service on the Southern Pacific Railroad and seven miles of beach "wide enough to drive twenty teams abreast", Long Beach was called the finest location in southern California for "heath, pleasure and profit". Today, as the City reflects on its past, it . . . — Map (db m71543) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Farmers & Merchants Bank Tower — 1922 — Architecture: Curlett & Beelman with W. Horace Austin|
|A Renaissance Revival classic, notable for its architectural beauty and its terra cotta ornament. It was the first skyscraper, and introduced "modern" building design in the heart of Long Beach's original commercial district. — Map (db m72458) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — First United Presbyterian Church — 1939 — Architect: Easton D. Herrald|
|Modeled after English Gothic churches, this is the third church on the site where the Long Beach United Presbyterian congregation was founded in 1906. The sanctuary has beautiful woodwork and stained glass. — Map (db m73099) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Grand Army of the Republic Highway — U.S. 6|
|This monument marks the western end of a coast to coast highway extending a distance of three thousand six hundred fifty-two miles through fourteen states. It was erected by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in memory of the heroic services and unselfish devotion of the Union soldiers sailors and marines who laid down their lives on the altar of sacrifice during the Civil War. National Highway first proposed by Major William L. Anderson Jr. U.S.A. of Massachusetts for what they did . . . — Map (db m72661) HM WM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Harvey Milk / Harvey Milk Equality Plaza|
|"All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential."
May 22, 1930 - November 27, 1978
Born on Long Island, New York, Harvey Milk was many things. He played high school football, was a mathematician, a diving instructor, a Navy Lieutenant, a high school teacher, an actuarial statistician, and a Wall Street researcher. Harvey Milk was also unabashedly gay.
Harvey Milk . . . — Map (db m72477) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — In Their Honor|
|The Long Beach Navy Memorial pays tribute to the city naval heritage
Long Beach's naval history dates back to 1908 with the arrival of President Theodore Roosevelt's 16-ship Great White Fleet. By the 1920s Long Beach established itself as a major naval installation on the West Coast. For the next eight decades, it was home to sailors and shipbuilders, battleships and aircraft carriers. The navy permeated every aspect of life in Long Beach.
In 1997, Long Beach's last chapter in navy . . . — Map (db m71545) HM WM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — 1014 — Long Beach Marine Stadium|
|Created in 1932 for the rowing events of the Xth Olympiad, the Stadium was the first manmade rowing course in the United States. Its width allowed four teams to race abreast, eliminating additional heats and allowing oarsmen to enter the finals at the peak of their form. Later it served as the venue for the 1968 and 1976 United States men’s Olympic rowing trials and the 1984 United States women's Olympic rowing trials. The site remains an important training and competitive center for rowers, including our National and Olympic teams. — Map (db m2614) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Long Beach Skating Rink — 1929|
|This venue was built in 1929 as a multi purpose auditorium. In 1935 it opened as the Dunbar Skating Rink and served this function for many years. In 2001, after a period of vacancy, the Robert Gumbiner Foundation, through an adaptive reuse program, renovated this site as an artists' live work complex. The lamella ceiling is still visible inside and the Art Deco exterior has been extensively restored. — Map (db m72710) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Long Beach Unity Society of Practical Christianity Church — 1940 — Architect: Raymond A. Sites|
|Unity, a non denominational Church, was founded in Long Beach by the Reverends Louise and John Samuel Newman in 1923. A grass roots fundraising campaign led to the purchase of this site in 1933. Construction began in 1941. Architecture was inspired by traditional Mediterranean and Romanesque sources. The Church was dedicated on October 21, 1941.
Minister: Rev. John McCoid Bennett, DD. LT. — Map (db m72707) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association — Building Leaders for a Global Community — Peace through Personal Diplomacy|
|This plaque was dedicated on the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the
Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association to honor the citizens of both cities
who are dedicated to peach through personal diplomacy.
November 8, 2013
Mayor, City of Long Beach
Mayor, City of Yokkaichi
Jeanette Schelin, President
Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association
Yokkaichi Friendship Garden
Rededicated in 2013 to the . . . — Map (db m73101) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — 978 — Rancho Los Cerritos|
|The 27,000-acre Rancho was once part of an 18th-century Spanish land grant to soldier Manuel Nieto. The Monterey-style adobe was constructed in 1844 and served the Temple and Bixby families as headquarters for large-scale cattle and sheep ranching operations in the 19th century. In the 1880s the land was subdivided for farming and city development. — Map (db m50988) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Ranchos|
| Los Alamitos • Los Cerritos
This plaque marks the dividing line between the two ranchos on which Long Beach was subsequently built. Originally a part of a Spanish land grant to Manuel Nieto in 1784. They were partitioned between the heirs by government in 1834. — Map (db m72706) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Ranchos Los Alamitos - Los Cerritos - Los Coyotes|
| [Upper Marker - as seen in 2001] This monument marks the intersection of three original California Ranchos:
Rancho Los Alamitos
Rancho Los Cerritos
Rancho Los Coyotes
[Lower Marker - as seen in 2002]
Los Alamitos - Los Cerritos - Los Coyotes
This marks the common boundary point of these ranchos established at the death of Manuel Nieto by the partition of his 1784 Spanish land grant.
[Editors Note: It is assumed that the lower marker was . . . — Map (db m50231) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — 17 — Recreation|
|This mosaic tile mural, one of the largest in the world with more than 466,000 California tiles, was created by dozens of artists as a W.P.A. Federal Arts Project in 1937 to grace the facade of the Municipal Auditorium. It was saved from demolition by caring citizens and moved to this site in 1982.
Long Beach Recreation is the most ambitious and imposing work created by Works Progress Administration artists in southern California. It is a monumental mosaic created from 466,000 tiles; . . . — Map (db m72453) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Recreation Park Bandshell — 1929|
|Recreation Park was acquired in 1923, and this speaker's stand was dedicated in 1929. The building was used as the location for many important community events such as all-state picnics, drama festivals, band concerts, school graduations, and the temporaty classrooms after the '33 earthquake. Its beautiful Spanish Baroque design contains Malibu tile and rich ornament. — Map (db m73100) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Security Pacific National Bank — 1924 — Architect: Curlett & Beelman|
|A classic beaux arts office building in renaissance revival style designed by eminent Los Angeles architects known for many landmarks. Originally called Security Trust and Savings Bank, many prestigious firms located here. — Map (db m72476) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — St. Luke's Episcopal Church — 1934 — Architect: Soule and Murphy|
|Founded in 1897, St. Luke's Episcopal Church has been a center of religious, cultural and social activities. The English Tudor Gothic church with its distinctive spire and courtyard is the second church at this site. It replaced the 1917 building which was destroyed in the 1933 earthquake. — Map (db m72621) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Blackstone — 1928 — Architect: Edward L. Mayberry|
|The Blackstone was designed as an apartment hotel building in Renaissance Revival style. It was a prominent feature of Long Beach's fledgling skyline, belonging to a group of downtown "high-rise" residential structures built in the early 1920's that accessed the popular beach and amusement features. — Map (db m72703) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Breakers — 1926 — Architect: Walker & Eisen|
|Rising majestically on a site overlooking the city's once famous beach and amusement park, The Breakers was built as the city's most splendid and luxurious resort hotel. Owned during the 40's by Conrad Hilton, it remained a hotel for decades until its conversion in the 80's to senior living. The architecture was created by a prominent Los Angeles firm responsible for many landmark buildings. The elaborate and whimsical ornament was inspired by the Spanish Baroque. — Map (db m72660) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Broadlind Hotel — 1928 — Architects: Piper and Kahrs|
|The combination of Spanish Renaissance and Romanesque design give this building an old world charm. The corner tower is unique in the city. — Map (db m72451) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Californian — 1923 — Architect: Joseph H. Roberts|
|One of a group of "own-your-own" apartment buildings constructed in the 1920's. Close to the beach and the downtown business district. The Californian has a distinctive, elegant beaux-arts facade with fine masonry and detailing. Long Beach architect and engineer J.H. Roberts had a successful practice in residential and commerical buildings. He also designed the St. Regis on Ocean Boulevard, another historical landmark. — Map (db m72456) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Campbell Mural|
|In March 2008, during a routine roof replacement on the Lafayette building's 11th floor patio, workers uncovered the 8 by 8 foot tile mural of a kneeling camel in front of the Pyramids of Giza. The vintage 1920's mural lay beneath two tons of roofing material, sand, tiles, cement, asphalt and tar. The tiles were signed by Cerillo Torres, the Chief Muralist at the D & M Tile Co. in Los Angeles (active from 1928-1939) whose bright Moorish-inspired tiles were used at the Mission Inn in Riverside, . . . — Map (db m72686) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Esser House — 1929|
|This duplex was built by William Esser, a successful Long Beach builder whose work included the now demolished but famous Pacific Coast Club. A fine example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, it was completed in 1929 just prior to the Depression. The architecture evokes the romance of the Mediterranean and of Spanish California during the housing boom of the prosperous 1920's. — Map (db m72708) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The First Congregational Church of Long Beach|
The First Congregational
Church of Long Beach
has been listed in the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
September 28, 2012 — Map (db m72455) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The First High School|
|Long Beach citizens built at this location the first publicly owned high school structure in Los Angeles County outside Los Angeles City. The Board of Trustees met here in April of 1893, dedicated the building in May, and opened it to pupils in September. — Map (db m72449) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Kress Building — 1923, 1929 — Architect: Thomas Franklin Power|
|The Kress Store, number 152 in the nationwide chain, consisted of ground floor retail. With offices above a three-story addition as built in 1929. An adaptive reuse in 1994 & 1995 for loft condominiums rescued a historic building that had been gutted and abandoned. The Renaissance Revivial ornamental detailing has been authentically restored. — Map (db m72457) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Lafayette Complex — 1928, 1929, 1948|
|A complex of three historic buildings in different architectural styles. The Campbell Apartments at 130 Linden were designed by Parker O. Wright and Francis Gentry in a Spanish Baroque style in 1928. The Lafayette Hotel was a premier art deco hotel designed by Cecil and Arthur Schilling in 1929. The international style addition was built in 1948. The three buildings became a Hilton Hotel in 1952 and residential condominiums in 1969. The Lafayette was a host hotel for the Miss Universe Beauty contest beginning in 1952. — Map (db m72454) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Lone Sailor|
|The Lone Sailor
U.S. Navy Memorial — Map (db m51898) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Sovereign — 1922 — Architect: Charles S. McKenzie • Builder: Wallace and Bush|
|The oldest remaining highrise on the ocean bluffs, this unique "own your own" apartment building has provided elegant seaside living at the center of resort activity. — Map (db m72704) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Walker Building — 1929 — Architects: Meyer and Holler|
|Originally Marti's Department Store, later Walker's Department Store, located in the heart of the city's retail district. Meyer and Holler were prominent Los Angeles architects, famous for many landmark buildings. — Map (db m72452) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — The Willmore|
has been placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
1925 — Map (db m72637) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Transpacific Yacht Race - Long Beach to Honolulu|
|The Transpacific Yacht Race, 2,225 nautical miles to Honolulu, is one of the great ocean races of the world. First launched in 1906, the race now features as many as 80 yachts, all completing for a place on the Transpac Walk of Fame. Past winners include such celebrities as Frank Morgan, the "Wizard of Oz," in 1947, and Roy E. Disney in 1999. Over the years, other crew members have included Ted Kennedy, Olympic swimming star, Mark Spitz, and Johnny (Tarzan) Weismuller. But, for the most part, . . . — Map (db m72450) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — US Post Office-Long Beach Main|
| This property has been
placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior — Map (db m72474) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Long Beach — Villa Riviera — 1929 — Architect: Richard D. King|
|When completed, the Villa was the tallest building on the Southern California Coast and its French Gothic design won an award in Paris. It survived the 1933 earthquake but was seismically strengthened and restored in 1989-90. — Map (db m72709) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Special Delivery — Autry National Center — Griffith Park|
| The Pony Express was an ultra-fast but short-lived mail service that ran between the East and West from 1860 to 1861. The roughly 1,900-mile route began in Missouri and passed through Wyoming and Utah before crossing the Sierra Nevada mountain range to reach its destination in Sacramento. Riders exchanged horses at more than 180 stations during this journey, which took between nine and ten days, and for which they were paid around $25 a week (compared to the going rate of $1 a week for skilled . . . — Map (db m76323) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Angel’s Flight|
|Built in 1901 by Colonel J. W. Eddy, lawyer, engineer, and friend of President Lincoln, Angel's Flight is said to be the world's shortest incorporated railway. The counterbalanced cars, controlled by cables, travel a 33 percent grade for 315 feet.
It is estimated that Angel's Flight has carried more passengers per mile than any other railway in the world, over a hundred million in its first fifty years. This incline railway is a public utility operating under a franchise granted by the city of . . . — Map (db m32455) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Apex / Club Alabam — Historic Central Avenue Jazz Corridor — 42nd St. [sic] and Central Av.|
| Curtis Mosby, the conductor of the Dixieland Blue Blowers, opened the Apex on Thanksgiving 1928. The classy nightclub was home to revues featuring beautiful showgirls in extravagant costumes. Johnny Otis led the house band, but Alabam was the most popular stage for known jazz musicians who were on Central Avenue. — Map (db m51175) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Avila Adobe|
|This is the oldest existing house in Los Angeles. Built about 1818 by Don Francisco Avila, it was occupied briefly as American headquarters in 1847. Severely damaged in the earthquake of 1971, the house is now restored as an example of California life style of the 1840's. La casa mas antigua en existencia en Los Angeles. — Map (db m50943) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 656 — Bella Union Hotel Site|
|Near this spot stood the Bella Union Hotel, long a social and political center. Here, on October 7, 1858, the first Butterfield Overland Mail stage from the East arrived 21 days after leaving St. Louis. Warren Hall was the driver, and Waterman Ormsby, a reporter, the only through passenger. — Map (db m59812) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Biscailuz Building — 1925-26|
|This building, located on the site of the Juan Sepulveda adobe, was designed as the United Methodist Church Conference Headquarters and the Plaza Community Center. Today it serves as the Consulate-General of Mexico. In 1968, the building was re-named after Eugene Biscailuz, a former Los Angeles County Sheriff, who had helped Christine Sterling in her struggle to save this historic section of Los Angeles. In 1979, Leo Politi painted a mural on the south and east faces that depicts the Blessing . . . — Map (db m54751) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Capt. Lou Lenart, USMC (Ret.) — FG-1D Corsair|
| This monument is dedicated to Capt. Lou Lenart and to all U.S. Marine Corps and Navy pilots who flew the F4-U or FG-1D Corsair in combat during World War II.
“Most of my experience with the Corsair was in close support of our ground troops on the battlefield and in protecting our fleet from the constant threat of ‘Kamikaze’ (suicide plane) attacks. In addition, we flew attack missions on mainland Japan, destroying military installations and equipment. For those of us lucky enough to . . . — Map (db m68546) HM WM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Chester Stock, Ph.D. - Observation Pit — Hancock Park — Rancho La Brea|
| Panel 1: Chester Stock, Ph.D. January 28, 1892 - December 7, 1950 Paleontalogist
Chief curator of science - Los Angeles County Museum Chairman of the Division of Geological Sciences California Institute of Technology who, encouraged by the foresight and generosity of G. Allan Hancock, inspired his many co-workers in developing and preserving the treasures of Rancho La Brea Presented by the Los Angeles County Museum Association. Panel 2: Observation Pit . . . — Map (db m51436) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 486 — Chinese Cemetery Shrine — Nineteenth Century Los Angeles — Evergreen Cemetery|
| Panel 1: This monument is the oldest surviving structure
of Chinese settlement in the Los Angeles area.
It illustrates the use of traditional ceremonies
brought from China and honors the lives
of 19th century Chinese Americans.
The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
respectfully dedicates the preservation of the shrine
to the memory of those pioneers.
Built 1888 – Declared 1990
[Seal of the: "City of Los Angeles, Founded 1783"] . . . — Map (db m74019) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Damien Marchessault|
|This street is named for Damien Marchessault, a French Canadian, who served twice as mayor of Los Angeles - from 1859-1860 and again from 1861-1865. During his terms in office, the Plaza Church was rebuilt and the City Gas Company was organized. Marchessault and a partner, Jean Louis Sainsevain, worked to provide water for Los Angeles through a system of hollow log pipes.
As Mayor, Marchessault supported a proposal to split California into two states, but this was not approved by the . . . — Map (db m54748) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Eagle Squadrons|
|In September 1940, during the Battle of Britain, there was formed in Yorkshire a Royal Air Force Squadron manned by American volunteers. This was 71 (Eagle) Squadron, joined in 1941 by 121 (Eagle) and 133 (Eagle) squadrons.
244 American and 16 British pilots were posted and these units participated in action against the German foe from across the English Channel until September of 1942, at which time they were handed over to the United States Army Air Force.
During service with the . . . — Map (db m51500) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Father Junipero Serra 1713-1784|
Upper marker - English
Born on the island of Majorca, off the coast of Spain, Father Serra was ordained in Palma where he taught for fifteen years before being sent to Mexico as a missionary in 1749. In 1769 he became Padre Presidente of the Franciscan missions in Baja California. That same year he accompanied Gaspar de Portola on a colonization expedition to San Diego where he founded the first of the nine missions he established in Alta California. Despite an injured leg and . . . — Map (db m54556) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — First Mayor of Los Angeles Under United States Rule — Los Pobladores — The Founders of the City of Los Angeles|
|The Founders of the City of Los Angeles: Vanegas, Quintero, Rodriguez, Villavicencio, Navarro, Rosas, Camero, Rosas, Moreno, Mesa,
Before 1850, the chief executive of the pueblo was the alcalde, who sat on the ayuntamiento (council) and served as both mayor and judge. The office of the Mayor and the Common Council were established when the city was incorporated in 1850. Alpheus P. Hodges, a physician, was elected the first Mayor of Los Angeles, serving from 1850-51. He . . . — Map (db m55296) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Fort Moore — Pioneer Memorial and Park|
|On this site stood
Fort Moore built by the
Mormon Battalion during
the War with Mexico
This memorial honors the troops who helped to win the South West.
The Flag of the United States was raised here on July 4th 1847
by United States Troops at the First Independence Celebration in Los Angeles.
The United States 1st Dragoons who fought at San Pasqual.
The New York Volunteers who came by sea.
The Mormon Battalion which made one of the . . . — Map (db m81688) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 247 — Hancock Park — La Brea Pits|
The Citizens of Los Angeles County
In December 1916 by
Captain Allan Hancock
With a request that the scientific
features be preserved
First historic reference to the tar pools
Recorded in the diary of Caspar dePortola'
In August 3, 1769
Originally a portion of the Rancho LaBrea
Granted by Governor Alvarado 1840 — Map (db m59013) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Headquarters of Commander Robert Field Stockton — Avila Adobe|
Com. Robert Field Stockton U.S.N.
January 1847 — Map (db m81719) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 535 — Hollywoodland's Granite Retaining Walls and Interconnecting Granite Stairs|
Retaining Walls and
Built 1923 Declared 1991
Historic-Cultural Monument No. 535 — Map (db m31537) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — In Honor|
| Homage to Our Mexican-American Heroes
Veterans of America's Wars.
Covered with glory, their ideals of service provide power to America, for peace and for human dignity. Long live America during this time of such power.
Homenaje a nuestros heroes Mexicano-Americanos veteranos de las guerras de Los Estados Unidos de America para la paz y dignidad humana. Viva America durante el tiempo de tal poder! — Map (db m54554) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — James Dean — 1931 - 1955|
|Key scenes from the
classic motion picture "Rebel Without a Cause"
were filmed at the Griffith Observatory
in Spring 1955. Although many movies
have been filmed at Griffith Observatory,
"Rebel Without a Cause"was the first to
portray the Observatory as what it is and to contribute positively to the
Observatory's International reputation.
This monument acknowledges Griffith Observatory's long and continuous
involvement with Hollywood film
production by remembering the young
star of . . . — Map (db m20240) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Japanese-American Soldiers — 442nd Infantry RCT, World War II Memorial — Korean War Dead - 1950 to '53|
| Text on the plaque attached to the south face of the base beneath the tall column in the northwest corner [traditionally the Japanese/Japanese-American section of the cemetery]:
In Sacred Memory
This memorial is reverently placed here by the Japanese American Community, under the auspices of the Southern California Burial and Memorial Committee, in memory of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who fought, suffered, and died in World War II that liberty, justice, and equal . . . — Map (db m74081) HM WM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Jones Building — El Pueblo de Los Angeles|
|Doria Deighton Jones was the widow of wealthy industrial John Jones who died in 1876. The Jones family formerly lived in a large adobe home which was torn down in 1886 when Bath Street was widened and made an extension of Main Street. Doria had at first planned to build a hotel on the three lots where the adobe stood, but instead, because the area was changing from residential to industrial usage, she constructed a flat-roofed one-story building divided into five separate machine shops. . . . — Map (db m64218) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Latino Blood, American Hearts|
|This site is dedicated to the Latino-American Heroes who received the Congressional Medal of Honor, our nation's highest award for bravery. For love of country, they performed above and beyond the call of duty.
Heroes y compatriotas, con orgullo y honor los saluda nuestro pueblo!
Heroes and countrymen, greet our people with pride and honor!
To all Medal of Honor Recipients
Courage and Gallantry graced their deeds and their guide . . . — Map (db m74096) WM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 156 — Los Angeles Plaza|
|This site was part of the lands originally granted to El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles in 1781 by the King of Spain, Carlos III, under the Spanish Law of the Indies. The first plaza of the pueblo had been located to the southeast, closer to the Rio Porciuncula (Los Angeles River). When the river flooded, the pueblo was moved to higher ground. Shortly after the dedication of the Plaza Church in December 1822, the plaza's location was changed again to the present site. — Map (db m50945) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal — 1939-1989|
|Constructed by the Southern Pacific, Santa Fe and Union Pacific Railroads, opened on May 7, 1939. It was considered to be the most impressive railroad station of its type in the entire west.
In it's heyday the terminal covered 52 acres, employed 1,100 persons, served 56 trains per day, and handled 23 million sacks of mail annually.
Through the portals of this historic edifice have passed the great and the near-great of the world. — Map (db m54551) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Machine Shop — El Pueblo de Los Angeles|
|The Machine Shop is a one-and-a-half story building that was built on Main Street around 1910. It is located on the site of what is believed to have been the stables of Doria Deighton Jones' adobe home which was torn down in 1886, and was built by her daughter, Constance Jones Simpson. The first tenants of the building were engaged in such industries as tinsmithing, electroplating, metal patterning and machining.
With the advent of the Mexican market place on Olvera Street in 1930, the . . . — Map (db m64220) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Main Street — El Pueblo de Los Angeles|
|Main Street is one of the oldest streets in Los Angeles. Originally called by its Spanish name, Calle Principal, it was included in the first survey map of Los Angeles, drawn by Lt. E. O. C. Ord in 1849. The street ran from south of First Street to the north side of the Plaza. In 1883 the City Council passed an ordinance declaring that Bath Street would be widened to become an extension of Main Street. The work was carried out in 1886. In 1890 the portion of Main Street that ran from . . . — Map (db m64219) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Merced Theatre — El Pueblo de Los Angeles|
|The Merced Theatre was built in 1870 and is one of the oldest structures erected in Los Angeles for the presentation of dramatic performances. It served as the center of theatrical activity in the city from 1871 to 1876. The theatre was built by William Abbot, the son of Swiss immigrants who settled in Los Angeles in 1854. In 1858, he married the woman for whom he would name the theatre, Maria Merced Garcia, the daughter of Jose Antonio Garcia and Maria Guadalupe Uribe, who were long-time . . . — Map (db m50952) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 144 — Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles — Our Lady Queen of Angels|
|This tablet commemorates the
one hundredth anniversary
of the erection of this church
Our Lady Queen of Angeles.
Built in 1814 by the Franciscan
Fathers, restored and enlarged in 1912
Right Reverend Thomas James Conaty
being Bishop of
Monterey and Los Angeles. — Map (db m50935) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 159 — Pico House — El Pueblo de Los Angeles|
|The Pico House was built by Pio Pico, last Governor of California under Mexican rule, who lived almost the entire length of the nineteenth century from 1801 to 1894. This was the first three story building and the first grand hotel in Los Angeles. Pico chose architect Ezra F. Kysor to design the "finest hotel in Los Angeles." To raise funds for the building and furnishing of the hotel, Pio and his brother Andres sold most of their vast landholdings in the San Fernando Valley. Construction began . . . — Map (db m50949) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 730 — Plaza Fire House|
|Dedicated to the firemen of the Los Angeles Fire Department - past, present and future - who, since 1871, by their courage and faithful devotion to duty have protected the lives and property of the citizens of Los Angeles from the ravages of fire. — Map (db m51301) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 655 — Portola Trail|
|Spanish colonization of California began in 1769 with the expedition of Don Gaspar de Portolá from Mexico. With Captain Don Fernando Rivera v Moncada, Lieutenant Don Pedro Fages, Sgt. José Francisco Ortega, and Fathers Juan Crespí and Francisco Gómez, he and his party camped near this spot on August 2, 1769, en route to Monterey. — Map (db m59292) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — Site of the Vine Street Brown Derby — 1628 Vine Street — #22|
|The most famous Hollywood restaurant of its day, the Brown Derby opened Valentine's Day, 1929. Owner Robert Cobb was also the inventor of the Cobb Salad. He originated furnishing telephones at tables during mealtime. celebrities popularity was gauged by the number of phone pages they received. Clark Gable proposed to Carole Lombard here in booth 54. Caricatures of movie stars decorated the walls. Damaged by fire and later by earthquake, it was demolished in 1994. — Map (db m17517) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 567 — St. Vincent's Place|
|This was the site of Saint Vincent's College from 1868 to 1887. The college, now Loyola University, was founded by the Vincentian Fathers in 1865 and was the first institution of higher learning in Southern California. — Map (db m62897) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — The Downbeat Club — Historic Central Avenue Jazz Corridor — 4201 Central Avenue|
| The Down Beat was part of what was known during the War years as “Little Harlem”. It was a popular destination for Hollywood celebrities and the upper-class residents of Beverly Hills. Buddy Collete created his Stars of Swing in 1946 at the Down Beat. The show featured Collette on saxophone and clarinet, Charles Mingus (bass), John Anderson (trumpet), Oscar Bradley (drums), Spaulding Givens (piano), Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone), and Britt Woodman (trombone). — Map (db m51234) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — The Honorable Edmund D. Edelman — Supervisor, Third District — Serving from 1974 - 1994|
|Edmund D. Edelman was first elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 1974, following a distinguished nine-year career on the Los Angeles City Council and prior public service in Washington, D.C.; Sacramento; and the U.S. Navy.
Throughout his public life, Edelman's highest priorities always included support for the arts, and for expanding the cultural and recreational opprotunities that, in his words, "...make life in Los Angeles County worth living."
Among his . . . — Map (db m67296) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — The Indians of Southern California|
|This plaque and garden are dedicated to the memory of the first peoples who lived in what is now the County of Los Angeles. Some of the earliest Indians were members of the Uto Aztecan linguistic family or were descended from the Shoshone Tribe. They lived in villages close to the ocean or to rivers and streams.
The Indians had dishes of soapstone and steatite and simple tools such as scraping stones and fish hooks, and they made excellent baskets. Their houses were of a circular shape . . . — Map (db m54552) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — The Old Spanish Trail — El Antiguo Camino Español — 1829 - 1848|
|This plaque marks the end of the Old Spanish Trail, an historic pack trail from Santa Fe to the Pueblo of Los Angeles. This trail was used by Mexican traders who brought woolen goods from New Mexico to trade for highly prized California mules and horses, and by emigrants to California. The trail originated as a trade route between New Mexico and Utah during the Spanish colonial era and then extended west to California during the Mexican period.
Esta . . . — Map (db m54874) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — 522 — Tongva Sacred Springs|
Home of the
Gabrielino Tongva People
— Map (db m74387) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Los Angeles — William Mulholland — 1855 - 1935|
|A penniless Irish immigrant boy who rose by the force of his industry, intelligence, integrity and intrepidity to be a sturdy American citizen, a self-educated engineering genius, a whole-hearted humanitarian, the father of the city's water system, and the builder of the Los Angeles City Aqueduct:
This memorial is gratefully dedicated by those who are the recipients of his unselfish bounty and the beneficiaries of his prophetic vision. — Map (db m32188) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Malibu — Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo|
October 10, 1542
Famed Spanish Explorer Juan Rodriguez
Discovered a large Chumash Indian Village close to the sea at which he first claimed possession of Alta California lands for the King of Spain. He was greeted by the Indians who went to his ships in many swift canoes which inspired Cabrillo to name the village, "The Pueblo De Las Canoes" - The Town of the Canoes. Some historians believe the large Chumash Indian Village located here at Malibu Lagoon was indeed . . . — Map (db m74707) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Malibu — 966 — The Adamson House|
|Designed by Stiles O. Clements in 1929, this Spanish Colonial Revival home contains the best surviving examples of decorative ceramic tile produced by Malibu Potteries. During its short existence from 1926 to 1932, Malibu Potteries made an outstanding contribution to ceramic art in California through its development and production of a wide range of artistic and colorful decorative tile. The home was built for Merritt Huntley Adamson and Rhoda Rindge Adamson, daughter of Frederick Hastings . . . — Map (db m50986) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Manhattan Beach — 1018 — Manhattan Beach State Pier|
|Designed by City Engineer A.L. Harris, this pier was constructed by the City of Manhattan beach during the years 1917-1920. The roundhouse building was added a year later. Harris' innovative design featured a rounded end to the pier, which helped it withstand the pounding of the Pacific. Although the roundhouse was reconstructed in 1989, the pier itself survives as Southern California's oldest remaining example of early reinforced concrete pier construction. — Map (db m50990) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Mission Hills — "This Fountain"|
|A replica of one in Cordoba, Spain; was built around 1812-1814 and was part of the water system in San Fernando Mission garden.
100 years later this garden was the property of Mr. Leslie C. Brand, who donated a part of it to Los Angeles for a park.
When the Los Angeles Park Department undertook to restore the mission garden in Brand Park, this fountain was presented to Los Angeles by Mr. Brand; it was moved bodily from its former location, a distance of 300 feet, to its present site. July 4, 1922 — Map (db m39445) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Mission Hills — Fray Fermin Francisco DeLasuen, O.F.M. — (1736-1803)|
|Born in Victoria, Spain - 1736. Joined the Franciscan Order in 1751. Sent to the College of San Fernando in Mexico City in 1759.
Labored in Mexico and Baja, California until 1775. Spent 10 years at Mission San Diego.
Selected 2nd Presidente of the Missions succeeding Fr. Serra.
Established 9 missions, including San Fernando.
Buried at Carmel in 1803. R.I.P. — Map (db m40046) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Mission Hills — Mission San Fernando, Rey de España|
| 1. Historical Museum
The museum exhibits a pictorial history of the mission, pottery, santos, trade and commerce items, together with an extensive collection of early mission baskets given by Marie and Mark Harrington.
2. Mayordomo’s House
The foreman of the mission ranch (which was 121,542 acres) lived here. In 1806, the mission produced 12,868 bushels (mostly corn and wheat). In 1819, the livestock (principally cattle, sheep and horses) numbered 21,745. San Fernando . . . — Map (db m73663) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Mission Hills — 157 — San Fernando Mission|
|Founded in 1797 by Father Fermin Francisco Lasuen
We honor those men of faith, courage and vision who guided the founding of the mission and also those who have preserved it for posterity — Map (db m50946) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Mission Hills, Los Angeles — Mission Dam|
|Rubble masonry water storage dam built by San Fernando Mission Indians in 1808. Water Flowed to the mission via a tiled pipe. Marked by El Camino Real Parlor No. 324 Native Daughters of the Golden West March 11, 1972 — Map (db m72610) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Montebello — 385 — Battle of the Rio San Gabriel|
| . . . — Map (db m51042) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Mt Baldy Village — 514 — Pomona Water Power Plant|
|The first hydroelectric installation in California for long-distance transmission of alternating current at high voltage was built in 1892 on San Antonio Creek below this spot by the San Antonio Light and Power Company organized by Dr. Cyrus Grandison Baldwin, President of Pomona College. The first high-voltage transformers built by George Westinghouse for this installation provided for transmission of 10,000 volts from this plant to Pomona. — Map (db m155) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Newhall — 1006 — Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass|
[This site was designated as California Registered Historic Landmark No. 1006 on May 11, 1992.
There are three rock and concrete bases which at one time displayed three different plaques. The plaques are now missing.]
California Office of Historic Preservation Statement of Significance:
Beale's Cut is the only physical and cultural feature of its kind in the entire Los Angeles Basin. At the time of its construction in 1862, the actual creation and maintenance of the Cut was . . . — Map (db m60396) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Newhall — Eternal Valley|
In 1769 Spanish padres sent out by Father Junipero Serra recommended this property as a mission site. It became instead a farm and ranch for the San Fernando Mission.
A stage coach stop called Lyons Station, was established here in 1854 & by the end of the Civil War internments had been made in this cemetery
In 1888 when the property was . . . — Map (db m20114) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Newhall — Last Horse Drawn Hearse of Los Angeles County|
|This vehicle was manufactured at about the same time the first internments were made in this cemetery – 1860. — Map (db m20097) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Newhall — 688 — Lyons Station|
|This site was the location of a combination store, post office, telegraph office, tavern, and stage depot accommodating travelers during the Kern River gold rush in the early 1850s. A regular stop for Butterfield and other early California stage lines, it was purchased by Sanford and Cyrus Lyons in 1855, and by 1868 at least twenty families lived here. Eternal Valley Memorial Park has called their final resting place "The Garden of the Pioneers."
California Registered Historical Landmark . . . — Map (db m20098) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Newhall — Oak of the Golden Dream|
In 1839, the Mexican Government granted to
Antonio del Valle some 48,000 acres of
The Santa Clarita Valley known as the Del Valle Rancho.
On March 9, 1842, Francisco Lopez y Arbello, the brother-in-law of Antonio del Valle, visited the Rancho. While napping under a great oak tree, he dreamt that he was surrounded by gold and was very rich. Upon awaking, he picked a bunch of wild onions that were growing around some sycamore trees just north of the great oak tree. Attached to the onion . . . — Map (db m20112) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Newhall — 168 — Oak of the Golden Dream|
|Francisco Lopez made California’s first authenticated gold discovery on March 9, 1842. While gathering wild onions near an oak tree in Placerita Canyon he found gold particles clinging to the roots of the bulbs. The San Fernando placers and nearby San Feliciano Canyon were worked by Sonoran miners using panning, sluicing and dry washing methods. Lopez’s find predated James Marshall’s strike at Sutter’s Mill by six years.
California Registered Historical Landmark No.168
First registered . . . — Map (db m51516) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Newhall — 136 — Oak of the Golden Dream — * ← 9 Miles *|
|In Placeritas Canyon, March 1842, Francisco Lopez Y Arballo, while gathering wild onions from around an old oak, discovered gold particles clinging to the roots of the bulbs. It is estimated that $80,000 in gold was discovered as a result of this discovery. — Map (db m51669) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Newhall — 172 — Pioneer Oil Refinery — ← 3 Miles|
|In 1875 the Star Oil Company, one of the predecessors of the Standard Oil Company of California, drilled its first Pico Canyon well, which yielded about one hundred barrels per day. The discovery resulted in the erection of the first commercial oil refinery in California the following year. — Map (db m30665) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), North Hollywood — Pierce Brothers Valhalla Dignity Memorial — Vietnam Wall Experience|
| “Solders rest thy warfare O’er.
Dream of fighting fields no more
sleep the sleep that knows not breaking
morn of toil, nor night of waking.”
~Sir Walter Scott — Map (db m55760) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), North Hollywood — 980000246 — Portal of the Folded Wing — Shrine to Aviation|
Dedicated To The Honored Dead Of American Aviation On
The 50th Anniversary Of Powered Flight, Dec. 17, 1953,
By Lt. Gen. Ira C. Eaker USAF (Ret.)
- - - - - - - - - - - -
Beneath The Memorial tablets in this sacred portal
rest the cremated remains of famous flyers who
contributed so much to the history and development
of aviation. The bronze plaques upon the marble walls
memorialize beloved Americans who devoted their lives
to the advancement of the air age. Administered . . . — Map (db m29365) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Norwalk — American Legion Norwalk Post 359|
Historical Landmark — Map (db m65828) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Norwalk — Norwalk Square|
Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company
Logo showing a famous Giant Redwood view with a cutout for the road to go through.
"Giant of the Pacific"
Undertaken in behalf of the company's half-million policyholders as an investment in American enterprise to serve the people of Norwalk and southeastern Los Angeles County.
Architect Stiles Clements
Contractor Jackson Brothers — Map (db m65827) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pacific Palisades — 881 — Port Los Angeles — "The Long Wharf"|
|In 1893 the Southern Pacific Railroad Company completed its 4,720-foot wharf which served as a deep water port for the Los Angeles area. After San Pedro became Los Angeles' official harbor in 1897, shipping activity at Port Los Angeles declined. Ultimately abandoned and dismantled. No trace remained of what was once the longest wooden pier in the world. — Map (db m50984) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pacoima — 716 — The Griffith Ranch|
| Originally part of the San Fernando mission lands, this ranch was purchased by David Wark Griffith, revered pioneer of silent motion pictures in 1912, it provided the locale for many western thrillers, including "Custer's Last Stand", and was the inspiration for the immortal production, "Birth of a Nation." It was acquired by Fritz B. Burns in 1948, who has perpetuated the Griffith name in memory of the great film pioneer. — Map (db m54717) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Palmdale — A.W. "Tony" LeVier 1913-1998|
|Born in Duluth, Minnesota, on February 14th, 1913. In the 1930s he won the junior pilot aerobatic meet, barnstormed the country, operated two flying schools and competed in air races. In 1941 he joined the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation and tested the P-38 Lighting, XP-80A jet fighter and the XP-80 Shooting Star. Authored "Pilots Report on Supersonic Flight."
Flight tested the XF-104 Starfighter, the T-33 trainer, and the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft and made several safety improvements to . . . — Map (db m64621) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Palmdale — B-2 Spirit — Nicknamed "Stealth Bomber" — General Information|
| Manufacturer: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Production Period: 1993 to 1997
Number Produced: 21
Production Series: Production Blocks 10, 20, and 30
Roles: Originally designed as a land-based all-weather intercontinental heavy-bomber for the US Air Force for nuclear weapons delivery, able to penetrate the most sophisticated air defenses with its low-observable (stealth) characteristics for the Cold War; later modified to also deliver conventional and guided weapons. . . . — Map (db m47722) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Palmdale — Blackbird Air Park — Air Force Plant 42|
Blackbird Wind Tunnel Model
Aircraft models such as this are used in high-speed wind tunnels to test aerodynamic shapes, stresses, and temperatures. This particular model was used for testing all three versions of the Blackbird--the A-12, YF-12, and SR-71--through the use of different nose sections. It is displayed with an SR-71 nose section installed. The nose section on the left is a YF-12 and the one on the right is an A-12.
[Panel . . . — Map (db m51182) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Palmdale — F-86F-30|
| [Right Panel:]
A/C SN: 23231
FAA Registration N91FS
Date Acquired: August, 1998
From: Own, donated by Tractor Corp
Displayed: October, 1998
23 April 54 - First Flight
11 May 54 - Assigned to the RCAF and assigned to 421 Sq, RCAF at Grostenquin, France
1960 - Assigned to Maritime Aircraft Repair and Overhaul, Moncton, Canada
1972 - Sold to Bankers Leasing Inc, Washington DC and registered as N231X
1978 - Sold to Ronald . . . — Map (db m47721) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Palmdale — James J. Stegman 1920 - 2009 / A-4C Skyhawk|
|James J. Stegman
1920 - 2009
Born Aug 23, 1920, in Offerle, Kansas. He was the 6th son of 18 children. In 1940, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a Private. As he worked up in rank to Sergeant, he also was sent to pilot school. He received his wings in 1943. A few months later, he was sent to the South Pacific for 14 months duty in World War II flying dive bombers. In 1951, he was recalled to active duty in Korea where he flew missions in jets for 10 months and attained the rank of . . . — Map (db m47729) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Palmdale — Lamont Odett Vista Point — Dedicated to — Lamont "Monty" Odett|
|Monty Odett believed in and continuously worked for progress and development in the Antelope Valley. The Antelope Valley Freeway will remain a lasting testimonial to his dedication. Concrete monument to the cooperation between community leadership and government. — Map (db m78267)|
|California (Los Angeles County), Palmdale — Palmdale School House|
|Built in 1886
Dedicated to the Citizens of Palmdale.
October 16, 1986
On April 10, 1888 the Palmdale School District was formed and this building served as its first school. The school, located near 27th East & Ave R-8, was attended by the children of the German Lutheran settlers from Nebraska and Illinois. In 1899 the colony was disbanded and in 1908 the school was moved to Lancaster, where it served as a residence. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Settle purchased the building in 1960, at which . . . — Map (db m53031) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Palmdale — Stanley P Butchart 1928 - 2008 / C-140 Jetstar|
|Stanley P Butchart
1928 - 2008
After receiving primary and secondary civilian pilot training. Butchart enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1942. Upon his completion of flight training at Corpus Christi, Tex., he joined torpedo-bomber Air Group VT-51 and flew the Grumman-General Motors TBM Avenger from the aircraft carrier San Jacinto in South Pacific during World War II. He earned a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Presidential Unit Citation among other service medals. While continuing . . . — Map (db m47723) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Palmdale — The Aerospace Valley — They All Had The Right Stuff|
|With more than 150 "First Flight" records and numerous milestone in flight, the Antelope Valley has been home to Aerospace throughout the century. These numerous accomplishments include:
-Air Force Capt. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager's breaking of the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 in 1947.
-Air Force Maj. Arthur "Kitt" Murray becoming the First Man to see the curvature of the earth in the Bell X-1A in 1954.
-Air Force Maj. William J. "Pete" Knight's record as the "Fastest Man Alive" flying . . . — Map (db m55372) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Palmdale — The San Andreas Fault|
|One of the most outstanding geological feautures in California, extending for over 650 miles from Point Arena, North of San Francisco, to south of San Corconio Pass. Between twenty and thirty miles deep and more than a mile wide in some locations. The faulted sandstone and shale, contorted and sheared may be seen by looking northward from this point, where the Antelope Valley Freeway cuts through the upthrusted ridge to the north. This fault is responisble for two of the greatest earthquakes in . . . — Map (db m55474) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Benjamin Davis Wilson — Don Benito|
|To the memory of
Benjamin Davis Wilson
1811 – 1878
Pioneer trapper and settler
who came to California in 1841
and in 1864 blazed the trail
up this mountain which bears his name — Map (db m57271) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Bonham Alley|
|Named for Perry P. Bonham, a plumber who occupied 45 West Colorado Boulevard in the Hugus and Bonham Block. Today, the late nineteenth-century masonry buildings are grouped behind a two-story Spanish Colonial facade. Bonham served as a police commissioner from 1901-1902 and was on the Board of Trade (now Chamber of Commerce) in 1904. — Map (db m72695) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Brainard Alley|
|Named for J.C. Brainard who was a partner in the development of Prospect Park, one of Pasadena's first prestigious residential subdivisions. He was the first President of the Pasadena Board of Realtors (1908) and was an officer of the Home Telephone & Telegraph Company (70 North Raymond Avenue) which, by 1912, was the only provider of residential telephone service to Pasadena subscribers. — Map (db m72644) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Braley Building|
|Built in 1906 for Edgar R. Braley, an influential figure in early Pasadena. Braley was a well respected businessman who also served as a park, fire, and police commissioner. The Braley Building at 35 South Raymond Avenue was the former site of two earlier structures owned by Braley which housed his produce market and bicycle shop. The new building was home to Pasadena's first electric automobile dealership and was designed by C.W. Buchanan who interpreted the Chicago style detailing in the . . . — Map (db m71231) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Christensen Alley|
|Named for the family that founded the Penn Oil and Supply Company in 1903, the First Independent Firestone and Union Oil Dealership on the West Coast. In the early 1930s, G.C. Christensen opened the largest and most modern automotive service facility on the west coast at 100 West Union Street. The building was designed by J. Cyril Bennett who also designed many well known cultural, civic and commercial buildings in Pasadena. — Map (db m72694) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Edwin Alley|
|Named for General Edwin Ward, a major real estate investor and owner of the Ward Block and the Grand Hotel at the southwest corner of Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue originally named "Grimes Alley" after Charles Grimes whose restaurant and billiard hall at 19-25 South Fair Oaks Avenue was an important gathering place at the end of the 19th century. — Map (db m72689) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Electric Alley|
|Named for the Pacific Electric Railway Company. The now-vanished Pacific Alley Intersected Electric Alley at mid-block. Owned by Henry E. Huntingon, the Pacific Electric System was the largest electric railway in the world, covering Southern California with over 1,100 miles of track. By 1906, Pasadena was served by three interurban routes of the Pacific Electric. — Map (db m72682) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Exchange Alley|
|Named for the "Exchange Block Building" at 13-27 East Colorado Boulevard whose most important business was the Carlton Hotel, a first-class business hotel established in 1886. On the first floor were Harper & Reynolds Hardware Company and Alexander Cruikshank's Dry Goods Store, later known as "The Bon Accord." In 1904, The First National Bank of Pasadena moved from the northwest corner to the northeast corner of Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue, thereby locating it immediately south of Exchange Alley. — Map (db m71145) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Fenyes Estate|
Been Placed on the
of Historic Places
By the United States
Department of the Interior — Map (db m74140) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Fraiser Alley|
|Named for Dr. J. Carvasso Fraser, Physician for the Raymond Hotel in the 1890s. The Raymond Hotel, perhaps the finest of Pasadena's early grand resort hotels, was located on South Raymond Avenue on Raymond Hill, two miles south of Colorado Boulevard. In 1900, Dr. Fraser served as President of the First National Bank of Pasadena. The original Victorian Bank Building, located at the Northeast corner of Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue, was destroyed by fire in 1929. — Map (db m72693) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Harvard’s Mount Wilson Station|
1889–1890 — Map (db m57273) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Hayes Alley|
|Named for Orrin Henry Hayes, an early Pasadena Hay and Feed Merchant. His father, W.F. Hayes, opened a family grocery store on South Fair Oaks Avenue in 1881, one of the community's earliest business enterprises. — Map (db m72678) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Hopkins Alley|
|Named for Casper T. Hopkins, a major proponent for the establishment of a Public Library in Pasadena. In 1880, he purchased the eighty acre "Olivewood Tract" that fronted Colorado Boulevard between El Molino and Lake Avenues. Hopkins served as President of the Lake Vineyard Water Company whose headquarters were on the West Union Street. He also was a published writer on the topics of Civil Government and Economics. — Map (db m72685) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Kendall Alley|
|Named for Bela Otis Kendall, a well-known businessman in Pasadena. During the boom of 1886, he built the B.O. Kendall Company, located at 35 North Raymond Avenue, into a thriving real estate business. Among the noteworthy buildings erected by the company is the three-story Kinney-Kendall building, designed by Charles and Henry Greene, at the Northwest corner of Colorado Boulevard and Raymond Avenue, another significant Kendall building is the two-story auditorium building, designed by Seymour . . . — Map (db m72675) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Legge Alley|
|Named for Charles Legge, a real estate man who came to Pasadena from Iowa in 1875. He donated land for the community's First Public Library, which was built in Memorial Park in 1887. Legge was a director of the First National Bank of Pasadena located at the northwest corner of Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue. He also developed both sides of North Raymond Avenue between Union and Holly Streets. — Map (db m72642) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Martin Alley|
|Named for T.E. Martin who build The Webster Hotel in 1884 at the Southwest Corner of Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue. Later called The Grand Hotel, it was the scene of many social events in early Pasadena. — Map (db m72692) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — McCormick Alley|
|Named for E.L. McCormick, President of the American Bank & Trust Company from 1907-1910. The American Bank & Trust Company, organized in 1905, was located at the northeast corner of Colorado Street and Broadway at 135 East Colorado Street. A good portion of the small bank building was demolished in 1928 when Colorado and Broadway Streets were widened and renamed Colorado Boulevard and Arroyo Parkway, respectively. The remainder of the bank building was incorporated into the F.C. Nash & Company Department Store Building. — Map (db m72691) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Mercantile Place|
|This well-named service road ran behind some of the most important retail merchants that fronted Colorado Boulevard from 1887 to the end of the 19th century. Among the retailers in this block were Hertel's Dry Goods, J.W. Woods (The Druggist who later became a well-known local historian), and Conrad & Hotaling, Men's Outfitters. A.C. Vroman established his first bookshop on this block in 1894. This block also was the location of Valley Union Newspaper Offices and shops for a grocer, a confectioner, a baker and a jeweler. — Map (db m71144) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Mercantile Place|
|This well-named service road ran behind some of the most important retail merchants that fronted Colorado Boulevard from 1887 to the end of the 19th century. Among the retailers in this block were Hertel's Dry Goods, J.W. Woods (The Druggist who later became a well-known local historian), and Conrad & Hotaling, Men's Outfitters. A.C. Vroman established his first bookshop on this block in 1894. This block also was the location of Valley Union Newspaper offices and shops for a grocer, a confectioner, a baker and a jeweler. — Map (db m71234) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Michelson Pier on Mount Wilson|
|On this pier in 1926
Albert Abraham Michelson
measured the velocity of light by means of a
beam of light transmitted to
Mount San Antonio
and reflected back to this station
— Map (db m57274) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Mills Place|
|Named for Alexander Fraser Mills, a nurseryman who planted a citrus grove on 7 1/2 acres at the northwest corner of Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue in 1878. Mills Place was originally named "Ward Alley." In 1885, a fire at this site destroyed a laundry establishment owned by Chinese settlers. — Map (db m72687) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pacific Alley|
|Named for the Pacific Electric Railway Company owned by Henry E. Huntington. The Pacific Electric System was the largest Electric Railway in the world, covering southern California with over 1,100 miles of track. By 1906, Pasadena was served by three interurban routes of the Pacific Electric. Pacific Alley originally extended East-West from Raymond Avenue to Fair Oaks Avenue. In Memory of William C. Reynolds Director, Housing and Development Department City of Pasadena 1981-1998 — Map (db m72684) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — 988 — Pacific Asia Museum|
|Grace Nicholson, a noted collector and authority on American Indian and Asian Art and artifacts, supervised the design of her combination gallery and museum which was completed in 1929. It has been called an outstanding example of 1920s revival architecture and is unique for its use of Chinese ornamentation. — Map (db m59818) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pasadena City Hall — 1902-1931|
|In 1902 Pasadena erected their first City Hall on this side, C.H. Brown designed the two story masonry building and the firm of Dawson & Eldridge constructed the building for $36,532. The building was dedicated on November 19, 1902 and remained Pasadena's City Hall until 1927 when our present city hall was completed. The police department occupied the entire building until 1930. The building was then torn down in 1931.
The building presently on this site was designed by Rothenberg Sawasy . . . — Map (db m71139) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pasadena Public Library — (1890-1927)|
|The stone memorial on this site represents the only remaining portion of the second Pasadena Public Library, an impressive castle-like structure built in the Romanesque architectural style.
Designed by Pasadena architect, Harry Ridgeway, the library opened with fanfare on Sept 9, 1890 after three years of stalled construction. It was originally praised for its "splendid...opportunities for service".
The need for an even larger library became evident as Pasadena's population boomed. . . . — Map (db m71141) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Pasadena Robinson Memorial — Jackie and Mack Robinson — Bronze Scultpures, 9 ft by 6 ft by 7 ft, 2,700 lbs each|
|The Pasadena Robison Memorial sculptures were created through a community effort spearheaded by the Board of Directors of Pasadena Robinson Memorial and the City of Pasadena. The monumental bronze portraitures of Mack and Jackie Robinson focus on the brothers’ lifelong accomplishments.
Mack Robison won the silver medal for the 200-meter dash in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He attended John Muir High School, Pasadena Junior College and University of Oregon. Jackie Robinson lettered in all four . . . — Map (db m71143) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Plotkin Alley|
|Named in 2010 for James Plotkin, the "Unoffical Mayor of Old Pasadena", and a well known businessman and community leader dedicated to the revitalization of Old Pasadena. As a founding member of the Pasadena Central Improvement Association, Plotkin had the unique energy and foresight to rally people to the common purpose of a better Old Pasadena. Plotkin was instrumental in the inception of the Old Pasadena Streetscapes and alley walkways plan, and the Old Pasadena parking garages. He was very . . . — Map (db m72681) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — 871 — The Gamble House|
|Built in 1908, the David B. Gamble House is a tribute to the genius of architects Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene. Its design represents a unique California lifestyle and is a masterpiece of American craftsmanship. In 1966 it was made a gift by the Gamble family to the City of Pasadena in a joint agreement with the University of Southern California. — Map (db m59811) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pasadena — Vietnam Veterans Memorial — City of Pasadena|
| We remember those who gave their lives and those who remain missing.
Vernon Brackins * Bruce Brogoitti * James Carter * David Cash * Dale Chamberlain * Michael D'Aiello * Walter Davis * Timothy Duncan * Mark Enari * James Fullerton * Charles Girard * Chester Goins * Jerry Guerra * Fred Hardy * John Hodge * Abbott Jones * Daniel Kirstein * Robert Kurilich * Holtin Lau * James Lavelle * William Levett * Floyd Long * Alfred Mahoney Jr. * William Phillips * Thomas Raschel * Jay Richter * . . . — Map (db m71146) WM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pearblossom — The Devil's Punchbowl — Department of Parks & Recreation — County of Los Angeles|
|The hills where you stand are a part of one the world's geological wonders, The San Andreas Rift -- A great fault and earthquake zone.
Because of the movements along this fault zone, the pink and tan colored punchbowl rocks seen below have been compresses and folded broken and faulted since they were deposited during miocene time about 13 million years ago.
Fossil remains of extinct animals discovered and collected in the surrounding punchbowl rocks include a . . . — Map (db m79148)|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pomona — 372 — Adobe de Palomares|
|Completed about 1854 and restored in 1939, this was the family home of Don Ygnacio Palomares, who with Don Ricardo Vejar was granted Rancho San Jose in 1837 by Governor Juan B. Alvarado. — Map (db m62384) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Pomona — 289 — First Home of Pomona College|
|On this site, September 12, 1888,
was held the first session of Pomona College. — Map (db m170) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Rancho Palos Verdes — Palos Verdes Peninsula Habitat|
|The Palos Verdes Peninsula supports a plant community called coastal bluff scrub that contains elements of coastal sage scrub. Coastal sage scrub communities are composed of soft, witty sub-shrubs. Coastal sage scrub seen at this site is dominated by lemonadeberry (Rhus integrifolia), California sagebrush (Artemisia californica), California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) and small amounts of cactus.
The California sagebrush and California buckwheat are the natural habitat of a bird . . . — Map (db m81923)|
|California (Los Angeles County), Rancho Palos Verdes — Point Vicente Lighthouse|
|The site was explored by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo on Oct. 9, 1542, and named Pointe Vicente Bante Maria by Captain George Vancouver in 1793. Placed in service by the U.S. Lighthouse Service on May 1, 1926, it was renamed Point Vicente by the Pacific Geographical Society in 1933. Operation was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939. Radio distress monitoring capability was added in 1942. — Map (db m82001) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Rancho Palos Verdes — 381 — Portuguese Bend Whaling Station|
|On the slopes below and west of this plaque stood the quarters of Portuguese whalemen who put out through the surf in boats under oars and sail to harpoon passing gray whales to be towed ashore where the blubber was stripped and "tried out" in large black iron try-pots to produce valuable whale oil for lamps and lubricants. Active from 1860 to 1885, this station began its decline with the advent of fossil oil; however, three of the original structures, the try-pots and crumbling furnaces . . . — Map (db m50975) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Rancho Palos Verdes — Site of the First Japanese American Farm on the Palos Verdes Peninsula|
|This site was designated a Point of Historical Interest at a meeting in regular session on May 1, 1992 in Sacramento. It particularly honors Kumekichi Ishibashi, who built the first Japanese-American farmhouse in 1906. He was born in Japan and came to San Francisco in 1905. Taking odd jobs, he worked his way through great difficulties to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, saving gold coins until he could lease land. When he reached Portuguese Bend, he felt that he found the perfect area. However, the . . . — Map (db m31245) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Rancho Palos Verdes — Villa Francesca|
|This plaque identifies the estate of Harry E. Benedict (1890-1977). Mr. Benedict, an associate of Frank A. Vanderlip, the initial developer of 16,000 acres of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, completed the gatehouse and the farmstead in 1930. The name "Villa Francesca" honors Mrs. Francis Homberg Benedict, his wife. The architect was Gordon B. Kaufmann, one of Southern California's masters of the Mediterranean style. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dedicated as an historic site October 10, 1987 — Map (db m81901) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), Redondo Beach — 373 — Old Salt Lake|
|This marker locates the site near which the Indians and early California settlers came to obtain their salt, which at many times was more valuable than gold. — Map (db m50973) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Dimas — La Cienega Mud Springs, Birthplace of San Dimas|
|La Cienega—Mud Springs, Los Angeles - San Bernardino - Sonora Road
Stage Station and campground.
A place favored by the Indians.
Near here in 1774 and 1776
Juan Bautisa de Anza—trailblazer, colonizer—and his followers passed on their way from
Sonora, Mexico to Monterrey, California.
And on November 12 1826
Jedediah Strong Smith,
trader, trapper, pathfinder,
one of the most heroic pioneers of the nation,
and the first American
to make his way overland to . . . — Map (db m241) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Fernando — Casa de Lopez|
| Erected by Valentine Lopez - 1882
Occupied by Geronimo Lopez - 1884
Purchased by City of San Fernando - 1971
Survived Major Earthquake - 1971
Restored by San Fernando - 1974-75 — Map (db m48392) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Fernando — César Chávez Memorial — March 31, 1927 - April 23, 1993|
| Panel 1:
“Show me the suffering of the most miserable
So I will know my people’s plight.”
“Free me to pray for others
For you are present in every person.”
“Help me take responsibility for my own life
So that I can be free at last.”
“Grant me courage to serve others
For in service there is true life.”
“Give me honesty and patience
So that I can work with other workers.”
“Bring forth . . . — Map (db m79107) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Fernando — Father Junipero Serra / Fray Junipero Serra|
Father Junipero Serra
Donated by Wm Hannon Foundation
Commemorating San Fernando Mission
Sept 1797 - Sept 1997
Fray Junipero Serra
Founder of the California Missions
In Memory of Eugenie B. Hannon — Map (db m48389) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — 1776 Overland Immigration Expedition|
|In January of 1776, San Gabriel Mission was host to trailblazer Colonel Juan Bautista De Anza and over 200 colonists and soldiers, enroute from Sonora, Mexico, to become the first residents of San Francisco. This was the first overland immigration into Uper Alta California.
Father Font, Diarist, said of San Gabriel, "On our arrival, they killed 4 sheep, whose meat was good. I do not remember having eaten mutton more fat and tender, also chicken. All of us loved San Gariel Mission, its fat . . . — Map (db m67294) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — Bovard - Wilson - Hayes House and Jail|
|The Victorian house was built in 1887 for Revered George Finley Bovard who later became the fourth President of the University of Southern California.
Milton Scott Wilson purchased the house in 1893. He served as Justice of the Peace for the San Gabriel Township and many weddings took place in his parlor. In 1904, his daughter, Mary Leticia, married Edwin Hayes who helped organize the first San Gabriel City Council and the San Gariel Union Church.
Their daughter, Mary Ruth Hayes . . . — Map (db m66581) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — Early California — Outdoor Mural by — Artist Donald "Putt" Putman|
|The 72 foot mural depicts life in early California with scenes of Native Americans, Francisan Padres and Senoritas. It was painted over a period of three months. Images projected against the wall at night provided the basic outline necessary to complete the painting during the day. Finished in June 2001, it instantly became a modern day landmark in the historic San Gabriel Mission District.
Putt Putman was raised in Alhambra, California and has been an artist for most of his life. He was an . . . — Map (db m67295) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — Joseph Chapman’s Millrace|
|This is the location where the millrace turned due south, carrying water another 200 feet from this point into Chapman’s grist mill, built in 1822-25. The spring-fed water supply that flowed through the millrace came from two sources: Mission Lake to the northwest (now Lacy Park) and La Presa Dam to the northeast (now Sunny Slope Water Co. property). The open zanjas, or ditches, joined together on the west side of the mission quadrangle at Mission Drive. After turning the 13’ 6” . . . — Map (db m79460) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista De Anza|
|Lt. Colonel Juan Bautista De Anza by decree of Carlos III of Spain. Led an expedition to this site the mission being to colonize the San Francisco Bay Area. De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 — Map (db m67293) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — Mission San Gabriel Archangel / El Camino Real Door|
| Top Marker:
Founded September 8, 1771, by Franciscan Friars on Rio Temblores - due to flooding, the expedition moved to this 2nd site in 1774, where the Old Mission of stone and red brick was built with the help of Gabrieleno Indians.
The exterior has exceptional beauty with its huge buttresses, massive bells in Campanorio, built to replace the bell tower detroyed by the 1812 Earthquake. Note - outside stairs to choir loft.
In 1781, "Los Pobladores" from . . . — Map (db m66721) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — Old Spanish Trail — 1829-1848|
|The Old Spanish Trail was an historic pack trail connecting Santa Fe to the pueblo of Los Angeles. Travelers from Santa Fe aimed for the San Gabriel Mission as a welcome destination and gathering place. Traders brought woolen goods from New Mexico and returned with highly prized California mules and horses. The trail originated as a trade route from Santa Fe into central Utah during the Spanish Colonial days but was also used as an emigrant trail to California during the Mexican period. . . . — Map (db m66587) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — San Gabriel Mission — Founded September 8, 1771|
|This marks the oldest building in Southern California of brick, stone and mortar. Built 1791-1805, completed and dedicated. — Map (db m50947) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — San Gabriel Mission|
|San Gabriel Mission was founded by Fr. Pedro Benito Cambon (statue above right) and Fr. Angel Fernandez de la Somera (state above left) on Sept. 8, 1771 in nearby Montebello by the Rio Hondo River, and moved to this location in 1775. This mission's Cross above the entrance door was first installed about 1959, taken down for earthquake retrofit in early 1990's, was restored and rededicated on March 7, 2009 at 11 a.m. The El Camino Real bell in front of the church was cast, and then placed here . . . — Map (db m66716) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — San Gabriel Veterans War Memorial|
|Be it known by all who read these words that this Veterans War Memorial is dedicated to those men and women from San Gabriel who so gallantly served their country in times of national peril.
City of San Gabriel 50th Anniversary Seal
Dedicated April 24, 1963, The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of San Gabriel
Mrs. Alick Barlow • Mrs. Amos Dubois • Mrs. Karl Lunt — Map (db m66584) WM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Gabriel — The Mission Playhouse|
|The Mission Playhouse, now the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, was built by John Steven McGroaty to present his epic Mission Play. The play told the story of the California Missions and the lives of the people around them. Beginning in 1912, it drew people from all over the world to San Gabriel. The Playhouse was planned and completed for the 1927 season, with stage and dressing rooms large enough to accommodate the cast of 150 for the 4 1/2 hour production. The exterior is patterned after . . . — Map (db m66583) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial|
| Panel 1: American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial
The United States Merchant Marine has faithfully served our country in times of war and peace, hauling life and cargo to every corner of the world.
This memorial is dedicated to those brave men and women of all races, creeds and colors who answered that call to serve.
Dedicated National Maritime Day May 22, 1989 Panel 2:
Jasper D’Ambrosi [1926 – 1986]
The sculptor, Jasper D’Ambrosi was born and . . . — Map (db m67059) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor|
| American Merchant Marine Veterans
Wall of Honor
Dedication: National Maritime Day, May 22, 2003
[List of state and local government officials]
Gene Frank Construction, Builder
Randall B. Montgomery, Engraver
Jerry Sturm, JSA, Design Architect
American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial Committee, Inc.
[Lists of Officers, Directors, Committee Members and Advisers]
[Lists of "Platinum," "Gold" and "Silver" Contributors]
[Additional . . . — Map (db m50928) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — Anna Lee Fisher - Astronaut — Los Angeles Maritme Museum|
| San Pedro’s
First Woman in Space
Aboard Space Shuttle Discovery
Nov. 8, 1984
Presented by an Admiring Community
Dec. 11, 1984 — Map (db m52529) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — Battery Osgood-Farley Historic Site — "Home of the Fort MacArthur Museum" — Battle Honors, Third Coast Artillery|
|+ Battle Honors
Third Coast Artillery
War of 1812
Fort Nelson, VA. - June 22, 1813
Fort Oswego, NY. - May 5-6, 1814
Palo Alto - May 8. 1846
Resaca de La Palma - May 9, 1846
Monterey - Sept. 21-23, 1846
Vera Cruz - March 9-28, 1847
Cerro Gordo Contreras
Churubusco Molino Del Rey
Seminole - 1832-39
Creek - 1836
Cherokee - 1838
Seminole - 1849-50
Rogue River -1855
Washington - 1858
Civil War . . . — Map (db m81750) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — Fishing Industry Memorial — 1883-1999|
| In 1892 Southern California Fish Corp. was the first cannery in Los Angeles Harbor. In 1903 a technique of preparing and canning was developed to can sardines, mackerel, bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna and albacore. In 1912 the first fresh fish market was introduced in San Pedro and along with other markets that followed, they eventually supplied fresh and iced fish throughout our nation.
Before long, flotillas of purse seine boats were sailing down from northern waters to fish in San Pedro. . . . — Map (db m72147) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — Fort MacArthur / 500 Varas Square Historic District — [Port of Los Angeles]|
| Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo, exploring for Spain, discovered Alta California and named San Pedro Bay, “Bahia de los Fumos” (Bay of Smokes, October 1542. The smoke on the Bay shore came from the native Suang-Na Indian Fires. Sebastian Vizcaino named San Pedro Bay in honor of Saint Peter of Alexandria (a 4th Century Christian Martyr of Egypt), November 1632.
Juan Jose Dominguez a retired Spanish soldier, received in 1784 one of the first land grants from Pedro Fages, the Spanish . . . — Map (db m51010) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — Friendship Bell — Korean Bell of Friendship and Bell Pavilion, Angels Gate Park|
| The friendship bell, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, was presented as a gift from the people of the Republic of Korea to the people of the United States of America on the occasion of the American Bicentennial Jubilee to further the friendship and trust between the two nations. Cast with and alloy of tin, copper, cold, silver and phosphorus, the bell reflects the distinct characteristics and beauty of traditional Korean bells.
The knob of the bell comprises a dragon-shaped figure and a . . . — Map (db m51064) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — Harry Bridges Memorial — ILWU|
| Panel 1:
1901 – 1990
of the ILWU
Harry Bridges was an Australian seaman who came ashore and started longshoring in San Francisco in 1922. Unsafe working conditions, corrupt hiring practices and low wages convinced Harry to join with other waterfront workers along the Pacific Coast to form a Union to fight for and protect workers interests. Their successful efforts led to the Big Strike of 1934 and creation of a . . . — Map (db m72148) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — 1021 — Liberty Hill|
|In 1923 the Marine Transport Industrial Workers Union 510, a branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), called a strike that immobilized 90 ships here in San Pedro. The Union protested low wages, bad working conditions, and imprisonment of union activists under California's criminal syndicalism law. Denied access to public property, strikers and supporters rallied here at this site they called "Liberty Hill." Writer Upton Sinclair was arrested for reading from the Bill of Rights to a . . . — Map (db m42107) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — 146 — Municipal Ferry Building - Maritime Museum|
| Municipal Ferry Building – 1941
linked San Pedro and Terminal Island
Maritime Museum since 1979
Declared Historio-Cultural Monument No. 146
by the Cultural Heritage Commission
Cultural Affairs Department City of Los Angeles — Map (db m52539) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — Point Fermin Light House|
| Panel 1:
Point Fermin Light House
Dedicated by Stephen M. White
and Rudecinda Parlors
Native Sons and Native Daughters
of the Golden West
San Pedro, California
May 2, 1940 - Built 1874
Point Fermin Lighthouse
a Monument of American Seafaring
Susan B. Anthony Chapter DAR, 1974
U.S.A. Bicentennial — Map (db m51006) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — Portuguese Bend|
|The Palos Verdes Peninsula is an up lifted block of land forced out of the sea at a rate of about 0.4 millimeters per year over the last 2 million years. Once an island, the peninsula is encircled by thirteen wave cut terraces. These broad "benches" were cut out of the rock by ocean waves when the rising land was still at sea level.
Portuguese bend is surrounded by the Abalone Cove and Portuguese Bend Landslides, and stands as a sentinel against the waves of the Pacific Ocean. The strata . . . — Map (db m42124) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — S.S. Lane Victory — [Port of Los Angeles]|
| Panel 1:
March: Lane Victory is named for the former slave, Isaac Lane, founder of Lane College, in Jackson, Tennessee. The Victory Ship was one of a class of cargo ships designed and built during World War II by the United States Maritime Commission.
June: Sea Trials completed.
June 27: The Lane Victory delivered to the American President Lines by the War Shipping Administration.
July 2: Lane Victory begins her first assignment, World War . . . — Map (db m50864) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — Santa Catalina Island|
|Located approximately 20 miles from the mainland, Santa Catalina Island rises 2000 feet above sea level, approximately 500 feet higher than the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The island is over 20 miles long, making it the longest of the eight California Channel Islands. People have inhabited Santa Catalina Island for at least 7,000 years. Archaeologists have found evidence of complex material cultures with strong maritime traditions. Prior to the Spanish discovery of the island on October 7, 1542, it . . . — Map (db m42129) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — Stephen M. White — 1853 – 1901|
| Stephen M. White was elected Los Angeles County District Attorney in 1882, State Senator in 1886 and United States Senator in 1893. During his term in the United States Senate, Senator White’s most notable accomplishment was his successful leadership of the fight to create the Los Angeles Harbor in San Pedro as opposed to Santa Monica Bay, the site that was being advocated by powerful railroad interests. It is believed that the rigors of his battle with the railroad barons contributed to . . . — Map (db m52155) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — Terminal Island Japanese Memorial|
| Panel 1:
Terminal Island Memorial
From the early 1900s until World War II, the fishing village of "Fish Harbor" on Terminal Island was a thriving community of 3,000 people – primarily Japanese immigrants and their U.S.-born children. The local canneries and fishing boats played a vital role in the American fishing industry. In the village’s neat rows of shops and homes people loved, laughed, worked, played and raised families. On February 25, 1942, all villagers of . . . — Map (db m72145) HM|
|California (Los Angeles County), San Pedro — 98001633 — The Warner Grand Theatre|
|Opened as the Warner Brothers Theatre on January 20, 1931, it was designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca and interior designer Anthony B. Heinsbergen and was the first sound-equipped theater in the South Bay. Jack Warner called it "The castle of your dreams." Today the Warners Grand is one of the nation's few surviving Art Deco motion picture palaces, with original decor intact. — Map (db m81922) HM|