Long before Hollywood’s stars descended on Los Angeles, the city was a modest farming settlement inhabited by thousands of Native Americans.
Now home to approximately 3.9 million residents and counting, Los Angeles has clearly changed a lot since then.
Here are the maps, illustrations, and old-time photographs that show the journey of the City of Angels.
An 1887 aerial photo of Los Angeles, taken from a balloon.
Source: City of Los Angeles
California Historical Society Collection
A Los Angeles farm, circa 1900.
Source: LA Times
The Los Angeles & San Pedro Railroad was the first railroad in Los Angeles, circa 1880.
Huge crowds on the corner of Spring Street and Sixth Street in Los Angeles, April, 1910
Source: Los Angeles Almanac
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