Santa Monica’s coastal bluffs, circa 1898. This week for Los Angeles magazine, L.A. as Subject has the story of how this cliff-top land was made into the beach city’s treasured Palisades Park.

Santa Monica’s coastal bluffs, circa 1898. This week for Los Angeles magazine, L.A. as Subject has the story of how this cliff-top land was made into the beach city’s treasured Palisades Park.

Circa 1895 view of Santa Monica’s seaside bluffs. The Arcadia Hotel and a wharf - forerunner to today’s Santa Monica Pier - are both visible in the distance.

Circa 1895 view of Santa Monica’s seaside bluffs. The Arcadia Hotel and a wharf - forerunner to today’s Santa Monica Pier - are both visible in the distance.