Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Mrs. Sterling’s resolve to restore and preserve Olvera Street won the admiration and support of community leaders and city officials. The colorful Mexican marketplace opened in 1930.
Her dream was fulfilled in 1953, when the 44 acre state historic park, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, was dedicated. It stands today as a tribute to her leadership and perseverance in preserving the heritage of the city.
Erected 1981 by the Ramona Parlor, Native Sons of the Golden West. Dedicated on November 5, 1981, on the hundredth anniversary of Christine Sterling’s birth.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Colonial EraLandmarks • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 34° 3.404′ N, 118° 14.326′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Paseo de la Plaza and Olvera Street. It is in the plaza, facing the bandstand. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Los Angeles CA 90012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Original Pueblo of Los Angeles (a few steps from this marker); First Mayor of Los Angeles Under United States Rule (a few steps from this marker); Los Angeles Plaza (a few steps from this marker); Felipe de Neve, 1728–84 (a few steps from this marker); Spanish Expeditions Into Southern California (a few steps from this marker); The Old Spanish Trail (a few steps from this marker); The Founders of El Pueblo de Los Angeles (a few steps from this marker); Plaza Park (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
Also see . . . Looking back at Christine Sterling, the Maternalistic, Problematic “Mother of Olvera Street". 2017 article by Hadley Meares in LA Weekly. Excerpt:
It was then that Sterling realized she should start small. Instead(Submitted on December 15, 2020.)
“SHALL WE CONDEMN” touted the history of the Adobe and the importance of keeping its history alive: “If this old landmark is not worthy of preservation, then there is no sentiment, no patriotism, no country, no flag. Los Angeles will be forever marked a transient, orphan city if she allows her roots to rot in a soil impoverished by neglect.”
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 15, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on December 21, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.