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The White Lady of Elysian Park

Mysterious L.A.: She is said to have haunted Elysian Park and environs since at least World War II.

Swastika Over LA

Before America entered World War II, the Nazis appeared to be building a fortress in Los Angeles.

Archeological Burial Site

Mysterious L.A.: What happened to cause the violent deaths of these long ago Los Angeles area residents?

Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way, Mural, 1862

Immigration has long been a hot issue in California. At one time, American citizens were the illegal immigrants.

Actually, Spanish has never been a foreign language in Los Angeles. At least, not since 1771.

Record High and Low Temperatures for Select LA County Locations

The highest recorded temperature in Downtown Los Angeles was 113 oF on September 27, 2010. The highest recorded temperature anywhere in Los Angeles County was 119 oF on July 22, 2006, in Woodland Hills.

Powers Place, Shortest Street in Los Angeles

What are the longest and shortest streets in Los Angeles County (and those with the steepest grades)?

Fosselman's Ice Cream Co., Alhambra, California

A British newspaper declared an Alhambra ice cream shop to be the best place in the world to drink a milkshake. Yes, in the world.

Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena

This wonderful and iconic bookstore in Pasadena is the oldest independent bookstore in Southern California.

Phone, Telephone, Beach, Area Code

Your Area Code says a lot about you.

Child Care Worker With Children

What are the current minimum wage rates in Los Angeles County?

The median pay of child care workers in Los Angeles County in 2018 was $13.00 per hour.

Image of 2,166 People

Los Angeles County has a population of more than 10 million people. What would 10 million people even look like, if you could imagine it?

Earthrise Over Lunar Surface, 1969

Four Apollo astronauts who set foot on the moon and their significant ties to Los Angeles County.

Workers in a Los Angeles Shirt Factory, Circa 1940s

When and how did the largest fashion industry in the United States get started?

Fort Moore Memorial Wall, Los Angeles

It was the first time ever that the 4th of July was celebrated in California.

Rosie and Earl Cadman in Avalon, Circa 1945

Santa Catalina Island has a queen. We had the privilege to meet her.

A Dad Teaches His Daughter to Surf

How can a city stand up to support fatherhood?

June Gloom Over Southern California Beach

What causes “May Gray” and “June Gloom?”

Paralegal at Work

What are the fastest growing occupations in Los Angeles County?

Michael Monsoor, Recipient of Medal of Honor, 2006

Of 3,506 Congressional Medals of Honor awarded since 1861, 30 went to persons from Los Angeles County.

Indian Girl

They are among the fastest growing Asian ethnic groups in Los Angeles County.

San Gabriel Valley Business Sign in Chinese

How did the San Gabriel Valley become America's "Suburban Chinatown?"

Indian Woman Gathering Acorns by Charles Nahl, 1859

They lived in the Los Angeles area for more than 2,000 years. By what name do we call them?

Entrance to 2017 California African American Museum Exhibit

On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles exploded.

Worshipping Hands

Although many believe Pentecostalism spread from Jerusalem long ago, its modern version spread from Los Angeles.

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Artist Rendering

And next to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, another exciting new museum is rising.

Field Workers in Whittier Narrows Strawberry Fields

At one time, Los Angeles County reigned as "King of Agriculture" in America.

Vintage McDonald's Sign in Downey, California

Before hamburgers, the McDonald brothers tried another type of business in the Los Angeles area.

Student Behind Books

So, what does it cost to attend a four-year college in Los Angeles County?

Replica of Original In-N-Out Stand Near Original Location

One of the youngest American women multibillionaires is Lynsi Synder, heiress, sole owner and president of In-N-Out, Inc. Her wealth is estimated to be about $3 billion.

Drawing of Ducommon Watch and Jewelry. 1868

The oldest business founded and still operating in California was founded here in Los Angeles.

Volcanic Eruption

There are eight threatening volcanoes in California. Is the Los Angeles region in the danger zone?

Rainfall

The most extreme amount of rainfall anywhere in California during any 24-hour period fell in our own backyard.

Artist Conception of Mars Rover

An Angeleno (or La Cañada Flintridger, to be exact) discovered evidence of water on Mars and holds the off-world driving record.

George H.W. Bush and Family, 1947

Five U.S. Presidents, at some point in their lives, made their home in Los Angeles County.

Georgia Ann Robinson, One of the First U.S. African American Police Officers

When she became an LAPD officer, she was one of the first African American woman police officers.

Postcard of Denny's Coffee Shop

Origins of some of our local food empires.

Los Angeles Councilwoman Rosalind Wyman, ca. 1953

Do you bleed Dodger Blue? Thank this woman.

Map of Native Peoples in and Around Los Angeles County

Local place names Azusa, Cahuenga, Cucamonga, Malibu, Pacoima, and Saticoy, were derived from the languages of native people who lived in the Los Angeles area. The primary group in the area, the Kizh, numbered anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 when the first Europeans arrived in 1542. The Kizh are related culturally and linguistically to the Shoshone and Uto-Aztecan (Utes, Paiutes, Pueblos, Yaquis and Aztecs). The Spaniards assigned a label of their own to the Kizh - Gabrielenos, naming them after the Mission San Gabriel which proselytized them and sought to subjugate them.

Los Angeles Alligator Farm, ca. 1900

Angelenos once mounted ostriches and alligators, gawked at celebrity lions, threw peanuts at monkeys, and cheered killer whales.

Map of Wyoming From TV Series Longmire

So, when did Wyoming begin looking a lot like Los Angeles?

Valley Relics Museum

It's almost like visiting the garage for the whole of the San Fernando Valley.

2003 Los Angeles City Proclamation of Official Song of LAX

Los Angeles International Airport actually has an official song and the song was actually a hit.

Archways of Light in the Moonlight Forest

The Los Angeles County Arboretum offers a new delight for the holidays.

Mel Torme, Nat King Cole and Oscar Moore

Some of the inspiration of a much-beloved Christmas song came from a hot San Fernando Valley day.

Docent-Led Tour at Heritage Square Museum

Heritage Square Museum is a time portal that will take you back into an earlier Los Angeles.

Captain William Shaler, circa 1805

He led the first Americans known to visit the Los Angeles area. He was also trying to avoid the authorities.

Adamm’s Stained Glass Studio & Art Gallery, Santa Monica, California

What does a former Navy pilot have to do with some of the most historic stained glass artwork in Southern California?

Map of Los Angeles County in English Language

For English-only speakers, we offer a new map of Los Angeles County in the English language. It will probably appear quite foreign.

Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, California

Without contest, it is the most unusual museum in Los Angeles County. It is also the most unusual museum we've visited anywhere in the world.

DC-3 Passenger Plane at Flight Path Museum

There are a number of places at or near LAX to indulge your interest in aviation and aviation history.

Pets need love, too.

Not very long ago, as many as 18,000 animals were being killed in Los Angeles animal shelters each year. That was then.

First Ralphs Grocery Store Opened in Los Angeles, 1886

There are food retailers still operating today that launched their business in Los Angeles as far back as 1873.

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

During the 2017-2018 school year, the 22 community colleges in Los Angeles County enrolled a combined total of 623,558 students. The largest community college district in the county, the Los Angeles Community College District, is also the largest in the nation. Its nine campuses enrolled more than 230,000 students.

2007 Little League World Series Game in South Williamsport, PA

In the Little League World Series, two significant "Firsts" for the United States came out of Long Beach and San Pedro.

L.A. County Population Ratios

Just how big is Los Angeles County's population in California, the U.S., and the World?

Baskin Robbins Ice Cream

How a passion for ice cream beginning in Glendale and Pasadena came to reach around the world.

Imagined Tornado Over Los Angeles

Do tornadoes occur in Los Angeles County?

Guy Orlando Rose in Giverny, France, Circa 1890

He was was the first native Southern California to achieve international fame.

Aircraft in Flight

Air travellers are often less than happy these days, but those using an air transporation service operating from Santa Monica Airport appear to be the exception.

Mars Rovers

JPL/NASA image

16 things that were invented or introduced in Los Angeles County.

DisneySea, Long Beach Concept, 1990

Long Beach was going to be the location of a new $3 billion Disney theme park.

Pacific Coast of California

Will Los Angeles really eventually fall into the ocean?

America's Next Great City

According to an article in GQ Magazine, what part of Los Angeles may be America's Next Great City?

Foods Straight Out of LA

They are the foods and beverages believed to have originated in Los Angeles (and in Pasadena).

Looking South Toward Mouth of Los Angeles River in Long Beach

The Los Angeles River empties into the ocean at Long Beach. That wasn't always the case.

Entrance to the Pike in Long Beach, 1960

It was the leading amusement attraction in the Los Angeles area before there was a Disneyland.

Fairfax Farmer's Market, Los Angeles

Farmers Market, located at the corner of Fairfax and Third Street in Los Angeles, opened in 1934 at what was then known as the Gilmore Ranch. 18 farmers parked their trucks on the corner and began selling produce from their tailgates. The Market now features more than 100 shops visited by an estimated 3 million people each year (approximately one-third of which are tourists). Vendors at The Market speak about 23 different languages. The Farmers Market website offers other interesting facts about The Market.

Fortune Cookie and Fortune

Was the fortune cookie actually invented in Los Angeles?

Estelle Lawton Lindsey, 1915

On September 10, 1915, Los Angeles became the first major U.S. city to have a woman mayor.

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

The nation's oldest Holocaust museum founded by survivors takes visitors into the depths of Holocaust history.

Katherine Cheung, Pioneer Aviatrix

An young immigrant Asian woman becomes one of America's aviation pioneers.

Los Angeles County Health Workers

With 92,708 employees, it is the single largest employer in Southern California.

Luxury Apartment for Lease

Angelenos know that their city is expensive to live in. How does it rank against the cities of the world?.

Disneyland Entrance

Walt Disney planned to build Disneyland in Burbank. How did it end up in Anaheim?

Mexican American Indian Performers

Los Angeles County is home to the largest concentration of American Indians in the United States.

La Raza Exhibition at Autry Museum

La Raza was the best known and most influential of Chicano activist publications during the late 1960s and into the 1970s.

Clara Shortridge Foltz, Circa 1900

If you have no means to hire a defense attorney if facing a criminal charge, you should thank Clara Shortridge Foltz.

The Bunny Museum, Altadena, California

If ever there is a unique example of passion and love, there is The Bunny Museum in Altadena.

The Original Saugus Cafe, Santa Clarita

Longest operating restaurant in Los Angeles County

Time Travel Mart, Echo Park

The Time Travel Mart is a “convenience store for time travelers.”

Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport

Among the three designers of the iconic “Theme Building” at the center of Los Angeles International Airport was a rather unique architect, especially for his time.

Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park

Ten Romantic Movies Set in Los Angeles

Birthday Celebration

According the last census in 2010, more people in Los Angeles County are living to age 100 and over.

Valley Speak

Valspeak or Valley Speak is a social class dialect said to have originated among materialistic young upper-class white women in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley.

The rainiest day on record in Downtown Los Angeles was March 2, 1938, recording 5.88 inches of rain.

Victorian Homes in the Angelino Heights District, Los Angeles

Angelino Heights is the oldest surviving residential suburb of Los Angeles.

Catalina Mahogany Tree

A species of tree found only on Santa Catalina Island is one of the rarest trees in North America.

Boy With Menorah

A Los Angeles department store was the first to use commercial advertising to promote Hanukkah gift-giving.

The Christmas Tree by Winslow Homer, 1858

It was believed to be the first Christmas tree erected in Southern California.

Las Posadas Procession on Olvera Street, 2017

Celebrated every December at Olvera Street, it is said to be the oldest, continuously-celebrated Christmas event in Los Angeles.

Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds Singing White Christmas in Film Holiday Inn, 1942

This very famous Christmas song was actually written from the viewpoint of a New Yorker who found himself in sunny Beverly Hills during Christmas.

Amelia Earhart, 1936

Amelia Earhart...Where Her Love of Flying Began.

Southern California Beach at Sunset

The geographic label "Southern California" (or “SoCal”) has fairly recent origins.

1930s Auto Club highway patrol in Southern California

Before the California Highway Patrol (CHP), they patrolled California roadways as the Highway Patrol Service.

Denny's Restaurant, Monrovia

This now ubiquitous nationwide chain of restaurants had its humble origins in Lakewood.

Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena

These bookstores are Southern California's oldest, California's largest, the nation's largest university bookstore and the nation's oldest children's bookstore.

Los Angeles County has the largest foreign-born population of any county in the United States.

Origin of the Name "Dodgers" for the Los Angeles Dodgers

Beverly Hills' first land owner.

"The Grapevine"

The first woman physician in Los Angeles

The most intense earthquake ever recorded in the United States occured in the Los Angeles area.

Immigration has long been a hot issue in California. What was said about it more than 170 years ago.