Los Angeles County
1887 to 1909
Orange County is formed from a
portion of Los Angeles County. The city of Pomona is incorporated. A great speculative
land boom occurs, driving up the price of city land 500 percent. Whittier is settled by a
group of Quakers. Burbank and Glendale are incorporated. The first public high school in
Los Angeles opens. Pomona College is founded in Claremont. Prohibitionist
Harvey Wilcox founds Hollywood.
occur. The Los Angeles Chamber of
Commerce is established at a meeting of the citys principal boosters. Los Angeles
Times publisher, Harrison Gray Otis, makes the motion. The first African-American
community in Los Angeles is founded at First and Los Angeles Streets. Occidental College
is founded in Eagle Rock.
occur. The first college football game
in Los Angeles is played between USC and Saint Vincents College (Loyola).
After 20 years of political maneuvering, voters in the southern
portion of Los Angeles County decide to break away and form a new
Heavy floods occur. The first Tournament of Roses
Parade is held in Pasadena. Edwin T. Earl invents the refrigerated railcar in which to
ship oranges to the east coast. The park becomes known as Griffith Park. The
official flag of the City of Los Angeles is designed.
occur. Amos G. Throop founds the Throop
Polytechnic Institute of Pasadena, which would later become the California Institute of
Technology. Visiting Pasadena, President Benjamin Harrison becomes the first U.S.
President to visit the Los Angeles area. Whittier College is founded.
makes the first oil discovery within the City of Los Angeles. Abbot Kinney buys swampy coastal land upon which he planned to build a
"Temple of Culture." The location would later be named Venice. The Banning
brothers begin developing Avalon on Santa Catalina Island as a summer resort. The Angeles
National Forest is established, the first national forest in California.
Four Los Angeles banks close due
to nationwide economic problems. Sunkist is adopted as the brand name of all
California oranges. Mt. Lowe Railway opens. The Bradbury Building opens.
During the nationwide railroad
strike, labor rioting breaks out in Los Angeles. U.S. Army troops are deployed to Los
Angeles to restore order.
A heavily traveled Los Angeles
thoroughfare is given the name Wilshire Boulevard. William Denton discovers the
first saber-tooth tiger fossil at La Brea Tar Pits. Later, in 1901, Union Oil geologist
William Orcutt uncovers more fossils.
Congress appropriates $3.9
million to build an artificial harbor at San Pedro. Griffith J. Griffith donates donates 3,015 acres to the City of Los Angeles
that will ultimately become Griffith Park, the largest urban park in the nation.
The first known automobile to
appear on Los Angeles streets arrives, built by S.D. Sturgis in a downtown Los
Angeles shop for J. Philip Erie. Erie drives the vehicle with W.W.
Workman along for the first ride as L.A.s first auto passenger. The Mission San
Fernando is restored. The City of Long Beach is disincorporated by
residents dissatisfied with taxes and prohibition. It is
reincorporated within the year.
Los Angeles forms the fifth
symphony orchestra in the nation.
The Los Angeles Stock Exchange is
established. San Pedro is selected over Santa Monica and Redondo Beach to become
the new deep water port for Los Angeles.
The Automobile Club of Southern
California is established. Rapid communications between Los Angeles and Catalina Island
are established via carrier pigeon.
Huntington forms the Pacific Electric Railway Company that would link
Los Angeles by a network of rail cars.
The first Japanese settlers arrive in Los Angeles. They begin the
fishing and fish-canning industry in Los Angeles. President William McKinley becomes the
first U.S. President to visit the city of Los Angeles. Angels flight is built. The famous
cable cars continue to run until 1969.
Jan 1 The first Tournament of
Roses football game is played between Michigan and Stanford. Michigan wins 49-0.
Randolph Hearst establishes the Los Angeles Examiner (later to become
the LA Herald-Examiner).
William Mulholland announces that Los Angeles has
outgrown its local sources of water. The Los Angeles Board of Water
Commissioners begins looking into Owens Valley as the new source of much needed water. Fred
Eaton, formerly mayor of Los Angeles, had already begun buying up properties in the Owens
Valley and champions the idea. Thus begins a long battle between Los Angeles and Owens
Valley residents known as the Owens Valley Water Wars. The Mount Wilson Observatory is
founded. The number of automobiles in Los Angeles reaches 1,600. Clarence Thompson becomes the
first African American to graduate from the University of Southern
The Owens Valley water project is
publicly announced. Los Angeles voters approve a bond to build an aqueduct from the Owens
Using access to water as a
bargaining tool, the City of Los Angeles manages to annex a shoestring strip of land
extending south to San Pedro. The first motion picture studio in Los Angeles is
established Immaculate Heart College opens. Los Angeles gets its first movie theater.
Fossil excavations begin at the La Brea Tar Pits. San Francisco is originally
set as the launching point for the first
Transpacific Yacht Race to
Hawaii, but, due to the destruction by the 1906 San Francisco
Earthquake, the race launches from Point Fermin in Los Angeles to
Hawaii. Except for a nostalgic 1939 launch from San Francisco, the
race has started in Southern California since.
The great Sunkist advertising
campaign begins. Francis Boggs finishes his motion picture The Count of Monte Cristo
in Los Angeles. Boggs is later instructed by his Chicago-based employer to set up a
permanent film operation in Los Angeles. George Feeth, an Anglo-Hawaiian, introduces
surfing to California at Redondo Beach.
Filmmaker Francis Boggs completes
In the Sultans Power, the first motion picture completely made in Los
Angeles. Taxicabs appear in Los Angeles for the first time.
Wilmington and San Pedro are
annexed by the City of Los Angeles. Los Angeles is the first large city in the nation to
adopt zoning ordinances that distinguish between residential and commercial properties.
Los Angeles Mayor Arthur Harper is successfully recalled for corruption and vice
protection. Southern California Edison is founded.