When Los Angeles was a horse town—stables and a saddlery shop at the corner of First and Broadway circa 1890. (Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.)

When Los Angeles was a horse town—stables and a saddlery shop at the corner of First and Broadway circa 1890. (Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.)

Artist’s rendering of the west side of Broadway in Los Angeles between Second and Third streets, ca.1890s.
Courtesy of the USC Libraries - California Historical Society Collection.

Artist’s rendering of the west side of Broadway in Los Angeles between Second and Third streets, ca.1890s.

Courtesy of the USC Libraries - California Historical Society Collection.

View of Broadway looking north from Olympic Boulevard (then Tenth Street), circa 1929. The United Artists Theatre is visible on the left. In the distance behind it is future site of the Art Deco-style Eastern Columbia building, completed in 1930.
Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

View of Broadway looking north from Olympic Boulevard (then Tenth Street), circa 1929. The United Artists Theatre is visible on the left. In the distance behind it is future site of the Art Deco-style Eastern Columbia building, completed in 1930.

Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Today is National Bike to Work Day. Here, Los Angeles Police Department officers ride their bicycles down Broadway in May 1904.
Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Today is National Bike to Work Day. Here, Los Angeles Police Department officers ride their bicycles down Broadway in May 1904.

Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

After a nearly fifty-year absence, electric trolleys will soon return to to downtown Los Angeles’ streets. From the USC Digital Library’s TICOR/Pierce Collection, here’s a ca. 1909 view of a streetcar rolling down Broadway between Fourth and Fifth streets.

After a nearly fifty-year absence, electric trolleys will soon return to to downtown Los Angeles’ streets. From the USC Digital Library’s TICOR/Pierce Collection, here’s a ca. 1909 view of a streetcar rolling down Broadway between Fourth and Fifth streets.