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First Gas Service in Southern California

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, December 4, 2018
1. First Gas Service in Southern California Marker
Inscription.  Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding in the Plaza area of the first gas service in Southern California June 28, 1867.
 
Erected 1967 by Southern California Gas Company.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 34° 3.416′ N, 118° 14.309′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Olvera Street and Paseo de la Plaza, on the right when traveling north on Olvera Street. It is at the plaza entrance to the Olvera Street arcade. 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. Olvera Street Cross (here, next to this marker); Simpson/Jones Building (a few steps from this marker); The Founders of El Pueblo de Los Angeles (a few steps from this marker); First Mayor of Los Angeles Under United States Rule (a few steps from this marker); Camero (a few steps from this marker); Plaza Methodist Church
First Gas Service in Southern California Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, December 4, 2018
2. First Gas Service in Southern California Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Los Angeles Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); The Original Pueblo of Los Angeles (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for SoCalGas. Excerpt:
This gas company’s roots trace back to the 1800s when new settlers arrived in Los Angeles in search of a new frontier. In 1867, Los Angeles Gas Company, the forerunner of today's Southern California Gas Company, installed 43 new gas lamps along Main Street, making the city safer at night. The gas lighting business was run by five entrepreneurs who manufactured the gas from asphalt, a tar-like substance, and later from oil.
(Submitted on December 20, 2020.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 20, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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