Looking down Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills, circa 1918.
Courtesy of the USC Libraries - California Historical Society Collection.

Looking down Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills, circa 1918.

Courtesy of the USC Libraries - California Historical Society Collection.

1918 aerial view, looking east, of a six-way intersection in Beverly Hills. Beverly Drive runs left-right in the photo, crossed diagonally by Lomitas Avenue and Canon Drive.

1918 aerial view, looking east, of a six-way intersection in Beverly Hills. Beverly Drive runs left-right in the photo, crossed diagonally by Lomitas Avenue and Canon Drive.

1922 aerial view of the intersection of Wilshire and San Vicente boulevards, near Beverly Hills

1922 aerial view of the intersection of Wilshire and San Vicente boulevards, near Beverly Hills

Beginning in 1920, motor cars raced around the Beverly Hills Speedway, located on the south side of Wilshire between Santa Monica Boulevard and Rexford Drive. Built out of wooden 2-by-4s, the one-mile track ranked among the top speedways in the United States before it was torn down in 1924.

Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, circa 1940s.

Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, circa 1940s.