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Historical Cities – Los Angeles, California is now available on Google Maps

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The history of the Los Angeles area abounds with the gargantuan, the fantastic. Settled more than sixteen miles inland from a shallow, unprotected bay, it has made itself into one of the great port cities of the world; lying far off the normal axes of transportation and isolated by high mountains, it has become one of the great railroad centers of the country; lacking a water supply adequate for a large city, it has brought in a supply from rivers and mountain streams hundreds of miles away. In little more than half a century, lots listed at a tax sale at a price of 63 cents apiece have increased in value to the point where they are worth more than that price to the square inch. It is not surprising that a city of such incredible achievements should become the home of fantasy; the film industry could not have found a more stimulating environment.

Much of the historical text of this travel guide has been provided by LOS ANGELES, A Guide to the City and Its Environ, a book in the American Guide series compiled by the workers of the Writers Program of the Work Projects Administration in Southern California.  The guide was sponsored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and published by Hastings House, New York in 1941.  The text has only been slightly edited, usually only where an adjustment to the passing of time was required.

Using the original guide as its foundation, this travel guide updates the previously mentioned time references and includes additional historic sites and landmarks from various sources.  Most importantly, provides updated location information for all listed sites with accompanying latitude and longitude coordinate data.  Over the past 70 years, the significant growth of the Los Angeles area has included the requisite street and highway designation changes, as well as the unfortunate elimination of some important historic locations.  This Historic Cities guide takes into account all of those changes, so the traveler of the present day can enjoy what was once there, and what is still present.

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Updated Catalogue of eBooks (.epub, .pdf, etc)

Historical Cities-Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 17100 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on January 12, 2011
This edition in the Historical Cities series explores the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. From the early days of the Native American, French, and Scandinavian settlers to the growth in the early part of the last century, this guide explores the historic sites and landmarks of both cities. Reference maps and GPS coordinates for all listed sites are included.

Slow Travels-Tennessee
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 101790 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on January 7, 2011
This is the Tennessee edition of the Slow Travels series. U.S. Highways 11, 25, 31, and 70 are followed through the State, examining a cross-section for Tennessee and providing a wealth of historical information along the way. Reference maps and GPS coordinates for all listed points of interest are included.

Slow Travels-Kentucky
Ebook Price: $2.99 USD. 82220 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on December 17, 2010
This edition in the Slow Travels series explores U.S. Highways 25 (Covington to Tenn Line), 31W (Louisville to Tenn Line), 41 (Ohio River near Owensboro to Tenn Line), and 68 (Maysville, KY to Paducah). Over 450 Historic sites and landmarks are described along these routes, and reference maps and GPS coordinates for all listed sites are included.

Historical Cities-Los Angeles
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 48320 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on December 13, 2010
This edition of our Historical Cities series explores the city and county of Los Angeles, including the surrounding environs of Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Long Beach, San Pedro, and Pasadena. Over 230 historical sites and landmarks are provided with historical background and GPS coordinates. Reference maps provide simple navigation aids.

Historical Cities-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ebook Price: $2.99 USD. 54040 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on November 16, 2010
This edition of the Historical Cities series explores Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States. Over 200 historical sites and landmarks are provided for walking tours of the city center and in the surrounding districts. Text is based on the work of the Federal Works Project of the 1930’s and 40’s. All sites have been verified and located with GPS coordinates.

Slow Travels-Mississippi
Ebook Price: $2.99 USD. 63960 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on November 8, 2010
Slow Travels-Mississippi explores the history of the state along U.S. Highways 45, 61, 80, 82, and 84. Based on the American Guides Series of the 1930’s and 40’s, this guide includes up to date directions, reference maps, and GPS coordinates for all listed sites. Explore Vicksburg, Natchez, Jackson, and all the history inbetween.

Slow Travels-Arkansas
Ebook Price: $2.99 USD. 47890 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on October 18, 2010
This edition explores the State of Arkansas, retracing U.S. Highways 61, 67, 70, 71, and 79 throughout the state. Each highway includes historic sites and landmarks, background information combed from the American Guide Series of the 1940’s updated for the present-day traveler, reference maps, and GPS coordinates for all listed sites.

Historical Cities-New York City
Ebook Price: $2.99 USD. 64750 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on October 8, 2010
This edition of the series explores the boroughs of New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Over 600 historical sites are described within, based on the WPA 1939 Guide to New York City. Along with historical text of each site, borough histories, reference maps, and GPS Coordinates are included. Travelers and residents alike will find enjoyment and education.

Historical Cities-San Antonio, Texas
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 7870 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on August 28, 2010
The San Antonio edition of Historical Cities explores the multi-national past of this south Texas city. Fifty-one historic sites and landmarks in the city’s downtown and surrounding area are explored. A concise history is also provided. Reference maps for the downtown and San Antonio’s environs are included, along with GPS coordinates for all listed historic sites.

Slow Travels-Louisiana
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 66960 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on August 22, 2010
This version of Slow Travels-Louisiana takes the driver on an historical journey through Louisiana. U.S. 61 follows the Great River Road from Miss. to New Orleans, U.S. 80 retraces the Vicksburg, Shreveport, & Pacific Railroad from Vicksburg to the Texas Line, U.S. 84 explores the old Texas Road from Natchez to Logansport, and U.S. 90 retraces the Old Spanish Trail through Southern Louisiana.

Slow Travels-Nevada
Ebook Price: $1.49 USD. 69880 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on August 14, 2010
Slow Travels-Nevada explores the historic sites along the routes of U.S. Highways 6, 40, 50, 93, and 95 through the Silver State. Based on the American Guide Series of the 1930’s and 40’s, these sites include abandoned mining camps, scenic rivers and canyons, as well as the cities of Reno and Las Vegas. Reference maps and GPS coordinates are included.

Slow Travels-California
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 101950 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on July 25, 2010
The updated version of Slow Travels-California explores this State’s history along the present and previous routes of U.S. Highways 40, 50, 60, 99, and 395. Come explore the rich and varied history of the Golden State. This guide provides in-depth information about historic sites, landmarks, and legends along California’s highways. Maps and GPS Coordinates for listed sites are included.

Historical Cities-Savannah, Georgia
Ebook Price: $1.49 USD. 7460 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on July 2, 2010
Historical Cities-Savannah explores the rich history of Savannah, Georgia, and over 45 historic sites and landmarks within the city. A walkable map is included, as well as GPS coordinates for all listed historic sites. The history of Savannah and the background information for each site are based on the American Guides of the 1930’s and 40’s.

Historical Cities-Baltimore, Maryland
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 8680 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on July 2, 2010
Historical Cities-Baltimore explores the history of Baltimore and over 50 of its historic sites. The background text is based on the American Guides of the 1930’s and 40’s. Guide maps are provided for walking and driving tours, and GPS coordinates for listed historic sites are also included.

Slow Travels-Virginia
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 128720 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on June 19, 2010
This guide explores Virginia and its history on U.S. Highways 11, 15, 17, 50, and 60, as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. Historical text for each site and landmark along the highways are derived from the American Guides of the 1930’s and 40’s. Reference maps and GPS Coordinates for all listed sites are included.

Slow Travels-Blue Ridge Parkway
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 19090 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on June 14, 2010
This edition of the Slow Travels Series commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway construction. The segments of the parkway are separated into the Virginia and North Carolina sections. This guide is not intended to be a history of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but a guide to the history which lies along it and in the surrounding region.

Slow Travels-Georgia
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 158630 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on June 4, 2010
U.S. Highways 17, 23, 41, and 27 travel the state from north to south, and U.S. 80 and 84 explore from the Atlantic to the Alabama State Line. Along these highways, historic sites and landmarks are laid out for the leisure driver to enjoy. Entertaining and educational, these guides are for both the individual traveler and the entire family. Maps and GPS Coordinates are provided.

Slow Travels-Florida
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 82120 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on May 30, 2010
This edition of Slow Travels follows U.S. Highways 1, 27, 90, and 301 through the State, examining a cross-section of Florida and providing a wealth of historical information along the way. Also included is U.S. Highway 41 along the Tamiami Trail. Maps provide a reference guide, and GPS Coordinates are listed at the end of each route. Look for others in the series at http://www.americanautotrails.com.

Slow Travels-South Carolina
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 43190 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on May 16, 2010
This installment of the Slow Travels series explores the Palmetto State of South Carolina. The routes followed in this exploration are U.S. Highways 17, 25, 52, and 178. From the Atlantic Coast, including Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Beaufort, and Hilton Head, to the Cherokee Piedmont on the North Carolina State Line, South Carolina’s history is unveiled along these routes.

American Auto Trails-South Carolina’s U.S. Highways 25 and 178
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 20260 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on May 8, 2010
This edition in the American Auto Trails series explores U.S. Highways 25 and 178 through the western side of South Carolina, from the Cherokee Foothills along the North Carolina Line to the Low Country along the Savannah River. Driving Maps as well as GPS Coordinates for all listed Historic Sites are included.

Slow Travels-North Carolina
Ebook Price: $1.99 USD. 60130 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 30, 2010
This edition of Slow Travels explores North Carolina. U.S. 1 hosts from Virginia, through Raleigh to Rockingham. U.S. 17 parallels the Atlantic through the state’s Albemarle to Cape Fear. U.S. 52 bisects the state from the upper Piedmont to the Pee Dee River. U.S. 70 travels from the Atlantic to the Blue Ridge. Finally, the Blue Ridge Parkway travels the crest of the Appalachians.

American Auto Trail-North Carolina’s U.S. Highway 1
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 8930 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 29, 2010
This edition of the American Auto Trails series explores U.S. Highway 1, America’s Main Street, as it crosses the state of North Carolina from north to south. Along its journey, it passes through the capital of Raleigh and past the industrial mines which produced coal and gold. A Driving Map and GPS Coordinates for all listed historic sites are included.

American Auto Trail-North Carolina’s U.S. Highway 17
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 15830 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 29, 2010
This edition of the American Auto Trails series travels the Ocean Highway, as U.S. 17 is also known as, through the Albemarle region of North Carolina, inland of the Outer Banks and Albemarle Sound. This territory is rich in American Colonial history, with many references to the sailing trade which once flourished here. A Driving Map and a list of GPS Coordinates for all listed historic sites.

American Auto Trail-North Carolina’s U.S. Highway 70
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 22190 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 29, 2010
This edition in the American Auto Trails series explores the route of U.S. 70 across North Carolina, from the coastal town of Atlantic to the Smoky Mountains on the Tennessee State Line. U.S. 70 travels through the heart of the state, connecting the cities of Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Asheville. Driving maps and GPS Coordinates are provided for all listed historic sites.

Historical Cities-New Orleans, Louisiana
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 4890 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 25, 2010
This edition in the Historical Cities series explores the French Quarter and surrounding area of New Orleans. Simple to use maps provide make a walking tour of the city’s historic sites entertaining and educational. GPS coordinates are provided for the more tech savvy user. More than 50 sites are identified, with text backgrounds based on the 1930’s and 40’s American Guide Series.

Historical Cities-Boston, Massachusetts
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 10290 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 24, 2010
This guide contains historical sites and landmarks for the city of Boston, as well as the adjacent Cambridge and Charlestown areas. It is not intended to be all inclusive, although future editions will follow with additional listings. In all, close to 90 sites are listed within this guide, along with detailed maps to assist in locating them. At the back of the guide is a table of GPS coordinates.

Historical Cities-San Francisco, California
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 6950 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 23, 2010
This edition in the Historical Cities series explores landmarks and sites within the city of San Francisco. Over 50 sites are divided into the east and west side of the northern end of the Peninsula. Maps and GPS coordinates are included.

Historical Cities-Providence, Rhode Island
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 11840 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 23, 2010
This edition of the Historical Cities series explores the many historical sites and landmarks of Providence, Rhode Island.Over 85 historical buildings, sites, houses, and other landmarks are described with detailed backgrounds and easy-to-use walking and driving maps. GPS coordinates are also provided for the more tech savvy traveler. Historical information is based on the American Guide Series.

Historical Cities-Charleston, South Carolina
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 6060 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 23, 2010
The proverbial powder keg of the American Civil War, Charleston also claims a rich history reaching back to the early days of the American colonies and beyond. Descriptions are derived from the extensive information provided in the American Guide Series of the 1930’s and 1940’s, and GPS coordinates are located at the end of the guide for the more technically proficient.

Historical Cities-Chicago, Illinois
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 14570 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 23, 2010
This installment in the Historical Cities series explores the varied ethnic and industrial history of Chicago. Over 70 historical points of interest are described, in the Loop as well as the North, West, and South Sides. Historical backgrounds are based on the American Guides series of the 1930’s and 40’s. GPS coordinates are provided for those who would like to plan out their own tour.

Historical Cities-Newport, Rhode Island
Ebook Price: $0.99 USD. 17870 words. Non-Fiction by Lyn Wilkerson on April 20, 2010
This edition in the Historical Cities series explores the colonial seaport of Newport, Rhode Island. Over 75 historical sites and landmarks are identified with historic backgrounds and maps providing easy navigation to each site, by both on foot and by car.

Forgotten Landmark-Bernheimer Oriental Gardens, Pacific Palisades (CA)

Site of Bernheimer Oriental Gardens, 16980 Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades, CA (Pic from Microsoft Bing Maps 12/10/2010)

From an Oriental gatehouse, a palm-lined private road led to a hill crowned by a group of small one-room Japanese houses the home of Adolph Bernheimer, a cotton exporter and designer of the gardens, who in 50 years made 17 trips to the Orient collecting the treasures in the house and gardens. To the left of the gatehouse was a reproduction of the stables in the temple grounds at Nikko, Japan, in the black, mauve, and gold colors characterizing all the buildings. Beside the stables was a rock-lined lily pool with a bronze miniature of Lao-tse, Chinese philosopher of the 6th century B.C., mounted on a horse.

The exceptionally life-like bronze figure of Ten-Jin, ninth-century Japanese religious teacher, mounted on a representation of a sacred ox, watched over the entrance to the flower and bronze-lined path which winds to the Bernheimer home. Each room of the home was a separate house, although the four units were connected by pergolas. Treasures included color paintings on rice paper many hundreds of years old, bridal and temple kimonos, fingernail tapestries woven by specially-grown fingernails; and two pairs of devil-dogs, the traditional protectors from evil spirits, the female of each pair represented with suckling pups. More bronzes enhanced the downward path to the Sunken Garden, among them a Burmese Buddha in a “wishing well.” At the bottom was a miniature lake, replete with miniature temples and figures of warriors and elephants.

Bernheimer, a native of New York, began collecting Oriental objects in 1887, came to Los Angeles in 1913, and in 1915 created an Oriental garden on a hilltop near Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue. Work was begun on the present location in 1925 and completed in 1927. Total expenditures came to $3,000,000.

Forgotten Landmark-Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale (CA)

Grand Central Air Terminal, Air Way between Grandview and Sonora Avenues, Glendale, CA (Photo taken in 2002 by Gabriel Shadid)

The Grand Central Air Terminal was the Los Angeles terminus of the Pan-American Airways and the Mexican Aviation Company.  It also served as a United States Customs port of air entry. The offices and waiting rooms were in a tan stucco Terminal Building, on the Air Way side of the 220-acre landing field. The government-approved Grand Central Flying School had its headquarters at the field, around which were several private flying schools and many aircraft shops. The air squad of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office was based here; hangars provided space for private planes.

The “crate” in which Douglas Corrigan “lost his way” on an announced flight from New York City to California in 1938, landing next day in Ireland, was pieced together and tuned up on this field. The field, established in 1928 by a small group of aviation enthusiasts, passed the following year into the hands of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation which enlarged and developed it. It was later been superseded in large part as a transcontinental and international airport by the Union Air Terminal at Burbank (now Bob Hope Airport).

Gabrielino Tongva Springs Foundation (CA)

 

It is the goal of the Gabrielino Tongva Springs Foundation to work together with the community to preserve and protect the Kuruvungna Springs (located on the University High School campus). This historic landmark is one of the last sacred sites of the Gabrielino Tongva People.

We invite you to participate in our activities and be part of preserving an important piece of the history of Los Angeles

The Gabrielino Tongva Springs Foundation is a non-profit organization established for the intent to preserve and protect the Kuruvungna Springs Site area.

The Foundation will be a community organization that will be involved in the education and preservation of cultural and historic resources of the springs.

We would like to see a cultural center that would house cultural and historical resources, act as a repository of artifacts, historical documents, oral histories, photo collections and other cultural and historical related resources directly associated with the history of the Gabrielino Tongva people.

We would like to see an ethno botanical garden that would not only be involved in the growing of native plants, but also the re-establishment of native plants that have been endangered (e.g. juncus, deer grass for traditional basket making.).

We would like outreach programs in which teachers educate school age children as well as the public about California Native American history.

 

Kuruvungna Springs,
University High School,
Los Angeles, California

for vendor info call

310-472-2415
310-397-0180
or Click Here to email.

Forgotten Landmark-Los Angeles Examiner Building

Los Angeles Examiner Building, 1111 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA (Pic from Microsoft Bing Maps 12/5/2010)

This is a reproduction of the California Building at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

The structure was the plant of the Los Angeles Examiner, a morning Hearst-chain newspaper. Visible from the street on the Broadway side were five giant presses, each with a capacity of 32,000 forty-eight- page papers an hour.

Forgotten Landmark-CA Walnut Growers Asso Packing House

California Walnut Growers Association Building, 1745 E. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA (Pic from Google Streetview 12/4/2010)

The state association, a federation of 28 local co-operative walnut packing groups, was incorporated in 1912 as a non-profit organization, wholly owned by its grower members.