History and Heritage of the Southland

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Visiting gives us a chance to view both the present state of a place and also opportunities to glimpse history, the past of a locale and its culture. Below are locations that celebrate the heritage of the American West and the history of Los Angeles; included are historic buildings, famous cemeteries, and museums. For more notable destinations, also see our guides L.A. Architecture and L.A. Art Deco.

Day 1: Westside
Day 2: Closer to downtown
Day 3: Pasadena and eastward
Day 4: Farther flung

Photo of Skull Rock, Disneyland 1979 courtesy of Gene Spesard

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Author: John Speke


Day 1 - Santa Monica, Los Angeles


Westside


3

Camera Obscura

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Location:

1450 Ocean Avenue
Senior Recreation Center
Santa Monica, CA 90407

Phone:

(310) 458 8644


4

Will Rogers State Historical Park

Location:

1501 Will Rogers State Park Road
Los Angeles, CA 90272

Phone:

+1 310 454 8212


5

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery

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Location:

1218 Glendon Avenue
(South of Wilshire)
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone:

+1 310 474 1579


Day 2 - Los Angeles


Centrally located


2

Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills

Location:

6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Phone:

+1 323 254 7251 / +1 800 204 3131 (Toll Free)


3

Hollywood Heritage Museum

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Location:

2100 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Phone:

+1 323 874 4005


4

Hollywood Bowl

Location:

2301 N. Highland Ave
Los Angeles, 90068

Phone:

323 850 2000


5

Autry National Center - Museum of the American West

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Location:

4700 Western Heritage Way
(Griffith Park)
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

Phone:

+1 323 667 2000


6

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Location:

6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Phone:

+1 323 469 1181


7

Forest Lawn Museum of Mexican and American History

Location:

1712 South Glendale Boulevard
(Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills)
Los Angeles, CA 91205

Phone:

+1 800 204 3131


8

Grier Musser Museum

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Location:

403 South Bonnie Brae St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Phone:

+1 213 413 1814


9

Angelus Temple

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Location:

1100 Glendale Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Phone:

+1 213 484 1100


10

Chinese Historical Society

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Location:

411 Bernard Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone:

+1 323 222 0856


12

Avila Adobe

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Location:

10 East Olvera Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone:

+1 213 680 2525


13

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument

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Location:

Los Angeles, CA 90021


14

Our Lady Queen of Angels/La Placita

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Location:

535 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone:

+1 213 629 3101


15

Sepulveda House

Location:

W-12 Olvera Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone:

+1 213 624 7300(Tourist Information)


16

Historic Theater District

Location:

Along Broadway between 3rd and 9th streets
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Phone:

+1 213 623 2489 (Los Angeles Conservancy)


17

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

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Location:

506 S Grand Ave
Between 5th and 6th Sts
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Phone:

+1 213 624 1011 / +1 800 245 8673 (Reservations)


18

Old Plaza Firehouse

Location:

501 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone:

+1 213 625 3741


19

Doheny Mansion and Chester Place

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Location:

10 Chester Place
Mount St. Mary's College
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Phone:

+1 213 477 2962


20

Los Angeles Conservancy

Location:

523 West 6th Street
Suite 826
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Phone:

+1 213 623 2489


Day 3 - Los Angeles, Pasadena


Pasadena/farther east


1

Evergreen Cemetery

Location:

204 North Evergreen Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Phone:

(323) 268-6714


2

SouthWest Museum

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Location:

234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Phone:

+1 323 221 2164


3

Heritage Square Museum

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Location:

3800 Homer Street
Lincoln Heights
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Phone:

+1 323 225 2700


4

Mission San Gabriel Arcangel

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Location:

428 S. Mission Dr
San Gabriel (15 min. south of Pasadena)
Pasadena, CA 91776

Phone:

626/457-3048


5

El Molino Viejo

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Location:

1120 Old Mill Road
Los Angeles, CA 91108

Phone:

+1 626 449 5458


6

El Alisal

Location:

200 E. Ave. 43
Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Phone:

323/222-0546


Day 4 - Los Angeles, Studio City


Outskirts/outside of the city


1

Los Encinos State Historic Park

Location:

16756 Moorpark St.
Los Angeles, CA 91436

Phone:

310-454-8212


2

Mission San Fernando

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Location:

15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd
Mission Hills
Studio City, CA 91345

Phone:

818/361-0186


3

William S. Hart Park

Location:

24151 San Fernando Road
Newhall
Los Angeles, CA 91321

Phone:

+1 661 259 0855 / +1 661 254 4584


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