Looking south on downtown Los Angeles from Poundcake Hill, circa 1869. Broadway appears here as a dirt road, then known as Fort Street. Bunker Hill is the bald ridge on the right.
Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Looking south on downtown Los Angeles from Poundcake Hill, circa 1869. Broadway appears here as a dirt road, then known as Fort Street. Bunker Hill is the bald ridge on the right.

Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

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.

A bridle path once ran down the median of Rodeo Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. 
Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A bridle path once ran down the median of Rodeo Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. 

Part of the California Historical Society Collection in the USC Digital Library.