Circa 1940s view of the California Incline in Santa Monica. Courtesy of the USC Libraries - Dick Whittington Photography Collection.

Circa 1940s view of the California Incline in Santa Monica. Courtesy of the USC Libraries - Dick Whittington Photography Collection.

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 1905 view of the Santa Monica shoreline from Palisades Park. The tracks of the Los Angeles & Independence R.R. run where Pacific Coast Highway is today. To the right, a motorcar ascends an early version of the California Incline.

Circa 1905 view of the Santa Monica shoreline from Palisades Park. The tracks of the Los Angeles & Independence R.R. run where Pacific Coast Highway is today. To the right, a motorcar ascends an early version of the California Incline.