1904 groundbreaking for the Hotel Alexandria, which still stands today at 5th and Spring in downtown Los Angeles.

1904 groundbreaking for the Hotel Alexandria, which still stands today at 5th and Spring in downtown Los Angeles.

There was an auto racing speedway in Beverly Hills from 1920-24. (USC Libraries – California Historical Society Collection)

There was an auto racing speedway in Beverly Hills from 1920-24. (USC Libraries – California Historical Society Collection)

Oil! A gusher on Long Beach’s Dominguez Oil Field in 1925.
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Oil! A gusher on Long Beach’s Dominguez Oil Field in 1925.

Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

In 1926, an Oxnard beach got a glitzy new name: “Hollywood-by-the-Sea.”
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

In 1926, an Oxnard beach got a glitzy new name: “Hollywood-by-the-Sea.”

Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

In the 1930s, health guru Paul Bragg led group hikes up to the “fresh air” of Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park. Commissioned by Bragg, this 1932 photo is part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

In the 1930s, health guru Paul Bragg led group hikes up to the “fresh air” of Mt. Hollywood in Griffith Park. Commissioned by Bragg, this 1932 photo is part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.