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 . . . — — Map (db m76323) HM
This plaque is placed to commemorate the centennial
anniversary of golf in Griffith Park. The oldest 18-hole
municipal course West of the Rockies, the original course
opened for play in 1914. It was a model of city course
stewardship and . . . — — Map (db m165741) HM
In violation of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany initiated an ambitious military rearmament program to restore its military strength; covert air reconnaissance missions commenced. Germany began to secure its national borders.
On January 26, . . . — — Map (db m130810) HM WM
For Old College, USC’s second-oldest building,
September 20, 1948 marked the beginning of
the end. Exactly 64 years to the day alter its cornerstone was laid, USC President Fred Fagg announced that the structure had outlived its usefulness. . . . — — Map (db m130178) HM
His given name is the Trojan Shrine, but he is best-known by his nickname: Tommy Trojan. Probably the most popular and
recognizable member of the Trojan Family, he is a physical and symbolic rallying point for the entire university.
Tommy . . . — — Map (db m129746) HM
15, 1885, the
eight men and women who
made up USC’s first two graduating classes gathered in
a two-story wooden structure called the University
Building to establish an alumni association. The group
adopted a temporary constitution and . . . — — Map (db m128326) HM
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that . . . — — Map (db m114042) WM
Granted on March 22, 1843 to Maria Ygnacia Verdugo in confirmation of an earlier Spanish concession made to Vicente Feliz in 1795.
Later owned by famous California pioneers Antonio Coronel and James Lick.
Colonel Griffith Jenkins Griffith, in . . . — — Map (db m167872) HM
After a fire in 1971, which left this hilltop scorched and blackened, Amir Dialameh
climbed to the top of this hill, carrying by hand most of the plants and trees we
enjoy in the garden today. Over the years, some of those trees Amir hauled . . . — — Map (db m177491) HM
USC’s international roots are broad and deep, reaching back to its founding in 1880. Two
of the three original donors of land to the university were foreign-born, and almost from the start, its stewards were casting their eyes overseas.
. . . — — Map (db m138118) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m160015) HM
Pascual Antonio Aguilar Barraza, also known as “El Charro de Mexico” (The Mexican Cowboy), was born on May 17, 1919 in the City of Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico. He is a legendary icon of Mexican music and film, and a popular . . . — — Map (db m162037) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m144912) HM
On Friday January 6, 1961, the first day of the 35th L.A. Open, Arnold Palmer, voted Golfer of the Year and Professional Athlete of the Year, took a 12 on this hole.
As an inspiration to all golfers, the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce . . . — — Map (db m170232) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m133592) HM
The oldest building in the city, the adobe was the home of Don Francisco Avila, mayor (alcalde) of Los Angeles in 1810. After his first wife died, Avila married Encarnacion Sepulveda in 1822. He died ten years later. In 1847, during the . . . — — Map (db m163114) HM
Art Deco style. Architects - John and Donald Parkinson. Built 1930. Declared 1997,
Historic Cultural Monument No. 631,
City of Los Angeles,
Cultural Heritage Commission,
Cultural Affairs Department. — — Map (db m167936) HM
A Female Don Quixote
Oil heiress Aline Barnsdall was an artistic visionary, feminist, world traveler, political radical, and friend of the anarchist Emma Goldman. "I believe I could best describe her as a sort of 'female Don . . . — — Map (db m176271) HM
This replica of the “Bell of Dolores” was presented to the City of Los Angeles by the Republic of Mexico in 1968. This cherished relic of Mexican history represents not only Mexico’s bid for freedom, but also the beginning of democracy . . . — — Map (db m162015) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m59812) HM
The Wall Along Wilshire features ten sections of the original Berlin Wall. Measuring nearly forty feet wide, it is the world’s longest stretch of the Wall outside of Germany. The Wall Along Wilshire was assembled in 2009 as a component of The Wall . . . — — Map (db m125316) HM
Eighteen year old Biddy and her sister Hannah became the property of Robert Smith, a plantation owner in Logtown, Mississippi, 1836.
Smith transported slaves to California, a free state, where Judge Hayes declares Biddy Mason’s family . . . — — Map (db m180005) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m54751) HM
Mining Tycoon L. Bradbury Makes His Mark
His name endures in the eponymous town of wealth and horseflesh set against the San Gabriel Mountains, but mining tycoon Louis Bradbury made his loveliest mark on Southern California with the . . . — — Map (db m167742) HM
When Women Carried
The gleaming skyscrapers of Bunker Hill that now symbolize Los Angeles' towering ambitions are the modern incarnation of the hilltop's first buildings - the elegant, gingerbread mansions that made the . . . — — Map (db m170223) HM
Treasure hunters believe there is 20th-century loot hidden at the Bowl. Many have searched, but the treasure is still a mystery.
The legend of the Cahuenga Pass treasure begins in 1864 when, under Napoleon's rule, France invaded Mexico and . . . — — Map (db m129805) HM
The Founders of the City of Los Angeles Lara · Mesa · Moreno · Rosas · Camero · Rosas · Navarro · Villavicencio · Rodriguez · Quintero · Vanegas
Manuel Camero came from Acaponeta, Nayarit, and María Tomasa García came from . . . — — Map (db m162793) HM
For many decades, the Trojan Spirit has been rooted in USC’s rich campus life. In each era, however, the environment that has fostered
that spirit has taken on a radically different character.
The university’s first students filled their . . . — — Map (db m130079) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m118074) HM WM
King Carlos III of Spain ordered the founding of El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles in 1781. This statue was presented in 1976, in honor of the 200th anniversary of American Independence. It was dedicated in the Plaza by the King and . . . — — Map (db m162531) HM
We dedicate the planting of these 100 trees on this date as part of a beautification project in honor of J. Harvey McCarthy, a pioneer in the field of urban planning, who developed Carthay Circle as a cohesive residential community in 1924. That our . . . — — Map (db m106331) HM
Visited the USC campus in 1982, 1985 and 1989.
“The end of all education should surely be service to others” • “El próposito de toda educacíon verdaderamente deberia servir a otros” — — Map (db m130214) HM
Charles C. Chapman Building, Beaux Arts style. Los Angeles Investment Company. Ernest McConnell, architect. Built 1912.
Declared 2007, Historic-Cultural Monument No. 899, Cultural Heritage Commission, City of Los Angeles. — — Map (db m164426) HM
The Adventures Begin
Charles Fletcher Lummis was a journalist, adventurer, preservationist, librarian, poet, and life-long activist on behalf of Native Americans. He was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1859. His mother died of . . . — — Map (db m135777) HM
The heart-tugging reunion in The Kid (1921) played between Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp and his “adopted” son (Jackie Coogan) remains one of the most emotionally charged scenes in all of film history.
Remarkably, the setting for this . . . — — Map (db m129617) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m51436) HM
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. . . . — — Map (db m149116) HM
Chinese immigrants established their first community in Los Angeles in what is now part of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. By 1870 about two hundred Chinese had settled in
Los Angeles Street across from the Garnier Building, then . . . — — Map (db m140033) HM
Without the determined effort of Christine Sterling and a handful of supporters, the birthplace of the City of Los Angeles would have been lost forever. By 1900 the city center had moved south, leaving the old plaza area to deteriorate. Finally, in . . . — — Map (db m162598) HM
Born in Genoa, Italy, in 1451; Died May 20, 1506, at the age of 55, in Valladolid, Spain; Sailed to the New World under the coat of arms of Castile and Aragon; Landed October 12, 1492 at the isle of San Salvador in the West Indies; Made three . . . — — Map (db m126092) HM
Tall, Dark And Prosperous
City National Plaza’s sleek, gleaming, granite-sheathed, 52-story twin towers are monuments to Los Angeles’ long history and oil
capital, and to the banking money that followed the black gold.
For more . . . — — Map (db m164082) HM
One of the oldest continuously operated
restaurants in Los Angeles. From this Pacific Electric building ran the world’s largest
interurban railway system.
Declared Historic-Cultural Monument No. 104 by the Cultural Heritage Board, . . . — — Map (db m167975) HM
Colonel (USAF) Ellison Shoji Onizuka
Astronaut/National Aeronautics and Space Administration, June 24, 1946 — January 28, 1986.
Colonel Onizuka was the first Japanese American astronaut selected to
participate in America's . . . — — Map (db m183925) HM
The Arroyo Seco flows down from the San Gabriel Mountains to join the Los Angeles River on its way to the ocean. This spot, where the two rivers flow together, the “confluence”, is near the birthplace of the city of Los Angeles.
The . . . — — Map (db m145223) HM
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. . . . — — Map (db m54748) HM
This fountain is a
to the Gallant Pioneers of ’49
of whom Daniel O. McCarthy, patriot, miner, leader, was an outstanding example. He was born [in] Raleigh, N.C., August 24, 1830. Died Los Angeles, August 13, 1919. Through his . . . — — Map (db m101457) HM
From pueblo to metropolis, the history of the City of Los Angeles is indelibly linked with the development of community
water and power supplies. This building is dedicated to that enduring relationship past, present and future.
Water for . . . — — Map (db m155788) HM
In 1913, Edward A. Dickson, a 33-year-old Los Angeles business and civic leader, became the first Southern Californian appointed to the University of California Board of Regents. At that time, the only University of California campus was in . . . — — Map (db m127625) HM
Classical Revival style. Reid Brothers, architect. Thomas Douglas Stimson,
developer. Built 1899. Declared 2009, Historic-Cultural
Monument No. 966, Cultural Heritage Commission, City of Los Angeles. — — Map (db m178708) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m51500) HM
Here once stood the grandest of all sycamore (Sha’var) trees measuring 60 feet high with a canopy spreading 200 feet wide. The tree was given the Spanish name of El Aliso. The original inhabitants of this area, the Kizh (keech) or Gabrieleño were . . . — — Map (db m177327) HM
The Franciscans arrived from México in 1769 led by Fr. Junipero Serra who founded California Missions from San Diego to Sonoma. This trail was known as “El Camino Real” (the King’s Highway). The “El Camino Real . . . — — Map (db m162931) HM
Established in 1877, Evergreen Cemetery is the oldest secular cemetery still operating
in Los Angeles and is the final resting place of many prominent Los Angeles citizens.
At its inception, Evergreen Cemetery dedicated land for a public . . . — — Map (db m149115) HM
The record-breaking F-104 Starfighter was created by Clarence L “Kelly" Johnson and his Advanced Development Projects engineering unit (the "Skunk Works") at the Lockheed-California Company in Burbank. Johnson received the Collier Trophy in 1959 . . . — — Map (db m137699) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m54556) HM
In 1781, on the orders of King Carlos III of Spain, Felipe de Neve selected a site near the River Porciuncula and laid out the town of El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles, one of two Spanish pueblos he founded in Alta California.
. . . — — Map (db m162735) HM
Architects - Walker and Eisen.
Built 1927. Declared 1974, Historic-Cultural Monument No. 125,
City of Los Angeles,
Cultural Heritage Commission,
Cultural Affairs Department. — — Map (db m183788) HM
Fire Station No. 1,
Streamline Moderne style. Architects — Public Works Administration.
Historic-Cultural Monument No. 156. — — Map (db m134911) HM
On this corner, March 30, 1916,
was erected the first pole of the
municipal electric distribution system of the City of Los Angeles.
This plaque placed February 5, 1952,
by the Department of Water and Power
as a part of the commemoration . . . — — Map (db m147324) HM
The Hebrew Benevolent Society of Los Angeles (1854), first charitable organization in the city, acquired this site from the city council by deed of April 9, 1855. This purchase of a sacred burial ground represented the first organized community . . . — — Map (db m122688) HM
The Founders of the City of Los Angeles Lara · Mesa · Moreno · Rosas · Camero · Rosas · Navarro · Villavicencio · Rodriguez · Quintero · Vanegas
Before 1850, the chief executive of the pueblo was the alcalde, who sat on . . . — — Map (db m55296) HM
The Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California met for the first time on September 3, 1880, culminating years of efforts by leaders of the Methodist Episcopal Conference of Southern California. The Board accepted the gift of this . . . — — Map (db m129945) HM
Beginning in 1929, government authorities and certain private sector entities in California and throughout the United States undertook an aggressive program to forcibly remove persons of Mexican ancestry from the United States. In . . . — — Map (db m141610) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m128896) HM
Established here July 29, 1879, to the Glory of GOD and to the Preservation of the Republic.
An institution of higher learning dedicated to the search for and the dissemination of the truth to freedom of thought and discussion. To intelligent, . . . — — Map (db m130534) HM
Philippe Garnier, a settler from Gap, France, hired Abraham Edelman to design this brick and sandstone building for Chinese tenants. This was the oldest and most significant building of the original Chinatown of Los Angeles which was located here. . . . — — Map (db m155778) HM
Placed high above the towering main entrance, nine enrobed figures stand vigil and greet visitors to LAC+USC General Hospital and half-way up the building, three classically robed figures stand atop columns in window niches.
Completed . . . — — Map (db m145460) HM
This is the site of the ballpark where the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League
played from May 2, 1939, through September 5,
1957. More than 1,700 games were played in the
park, which had a seating capacity of 11,200.
The Stars . . . — — Map (db m166087) HM
On November 3, 1954, Toho Studios in Japan released a monster movie that was an allegory of the atomic bombings and fire raids visited upon the Japanese during the closing months of the Second World War. Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, directed by . . . — — Map (db m171972) HM
75 Years Ago
Walt Disney made Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs.
Emelia Erhart disappeared flying around the world.
The Golden Gate Bridge opened.
The Hindenburg crashed.
Franklin Roosevelt was President.
Shirley Temple . . . — — Map (db m137297) HM
Gwynn Wilson, an exemplary student who graduated in 1921, has enhanced the University in many ways. He served USC with great distinction as a student body president and as president of the General Alumni Association. As general manager of the . . . — — Map (db m128482) HM
While their date of origin is unknown, synagogues were common
in the Land of Israel by the first century CE. With the destruction
of the Jerusalem Temple in the year 70, they emerged as the
nucleus of Jewish religious activity. . . . — — Map (db m183316) HM
The Hammel Building on Main Street was constructed in 1909. Originally built as four light industrial shops with a partial basement storage area along Olvera Street, the building now fronts on Olvera Street and houses two ground level shops . . . — — Map (db m165330) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m126874) HM
According to Catholic Church records, approximately 693 early residents of Los Angeles were buried in this cemetery.
This memorial garden honors these early residents.
Words surround this sacred place from the Spanish, English, . . . — — Map (db m164890) HM
This historic palm tree stood for more than 25 years at the entrance of the Southern Pacific Station. At this railroad portal of the city it became a familiar landmark to many thousands of Los Angeles and Southern California citizens and visitors . . . — — Map (db m155323) HM
This block is the site of:
First brick school house in Los Angeles known as School No. 1, built 1854-1855;
Butterfield Overland Mail Company office and corral, 1858-1861;
Office of U.S. Quartermaster, 1861;
Corral for camels from Fort Tejon, . . . — — Map (db m164547) HM
Hollyhock House, as part of the 20th-century architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, has been inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Inscription on this List confirms that this property deserves for the benefit of all humanity because of its . . . — — Map (db m154492) HM
Capacity 2,500,000,000 gallons.
Maximum depth of water 183 feet.
Work started August 1923.
Dam completed December 1924.
172,000 cubic yards of concrete.
Elevation of . . . — — Map (db m167864) HM
Like many chapters in the history of Los
Angeles, the Hollywood sign began as a
real estate promotion. A gigantic billboard
was commissioned in 1923 to promote the
development called “Hollywoodland.” Mules
hauled telegraph poles, sheet metal, . . . — — Map (db m177227) HM
is listed in the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior.
Holmes-Shannon House, Craftsman style.
Train & Williams, architect.
Built 1911. Declared 2007, . . . — — Map (db m177505) HM
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. . . . — — Map (db m153408) HM WM
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