Weird History 41 Mind-Blowing Photos of Historic Los Angeles  

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Travel back to a time before smog and freeways ruled Los Angeles with a list of vintage LA photos. We all have an image of LA, whether it's based on the beaches of Santa Monica or the glitz of Hollywood, but these photos from the 1800s and early 1900s show the City of Angels in a whole different light.

Los Angeles is a city that is constantly changing, which makes looking at old pictures of the LA area a strange experience. Though the city's history goes back much further, California's induction into the United States and the railroad's arrival in the mid-19th century resulted in a massive immigration boom and breakneck industrialization. That's when LA as we know it began to take shape.

These mind-blowing black and white photos from the period allow us to trace the origins of modern Los Angeles, illuminating just how much has changed and how much has stayed the same in the Southland.

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United Artists Theater, 1928


United Artists Theater, 1928 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 41 Mind-Blowing Photos of Historic Los Angeles
Photo:  uploaded by Jude Newsome
This Spanish Gothic-style theater is now a part of the Ace Hotel.
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Depot/Livery Stable, 1876


Depot/Livery Stable, 1876 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 41 Mind-Blowing Photos of Historic Los Angeles
Photo:  uploaded by Jude Newsome
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Griffith Park, 1912


Griffith Park, 1912 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 41 Mind-Blowing Photos of Historic Los Angeles
Photo:  uploaded by Jude Newsome
Some things never change: Griffith remains a popular spot for riding horses in LA.
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Broadway Street in the Rain, 1958


Broadway Street in the Rain, 1... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 41 Mind-Blowing Photos of Historic Los Angeles
Photo:  uploaded by Jude Newsome
Angelenos have never been equipped to handle the rain.