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An arresting entry for 10,000 needles in a 1781 requisition from the Santa Barbara Presidio leads to an exploration of the purposes they would serve on the remote Alta California frontier, illuminating issues of power relationships between the Chumash and the Spanish colonizers, adaptation and...
This article identifies the 1863–1876 period in Los Angeles as a boom, preceding the better-known boom of the 1880s. The author attributes the early boom to the 1860s drought and the costly legal cases stemming from the Land Act of 1851 that, together, decimated the Mexican-era ranchos and the...
A sequel to the author’s article in the preceding issue on the origins, purpose, and planners of Los Angeles’s scenic Mulholland Drive, this article traces the phenomenal accomplishment of the 24-mile mountain road’s construction in one year and under budget. It details the supervision and...
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