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Los Angeles County Historical Markers

Los Angeles County Churches
Mission San Fernando Rey De Espana
Mission San Fernando Rey de España was founded by Father Lasuén in September 8, 1797. A house belonging to Francisco Reyes, on Encino Rancho, f... [click for more]

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel
The mission was founded September 8, 1771 by Padres Pedro Benito Cambon and Angel Fernández de la Somera. The present church building was begun... [click for more]

Site Of Mission Vieja
Mission Vieja,' Old Mission, was the name given to the first buildings erected, and later abandoned, by the fathers for Mission San Gabriel Arcá... [click for more]

Los Angeles County Schools
First Home of Pomona College
Pomona College, incorporated October 14, 1887, held its first class in this small frame cottage on September 12, 1888. Those in attendance consisted o... [click for more]

Original Building, The University Of Southern California (USC)
Dedicated on September 4, 1880, this original building of the University of Southern California has been continuously in use for educational purposes ... [click for more]

Reform School For Juvenile Offenders (Fred C. Nelles School)
The March 11, 1889 Act of the California Legislature authorized the establishment of a school for juvenile offenders. Dedication and laying of corners... [click for more]

Los Angeles County Cemeteries
San Fernando Cemetery
Earlier known as Morningside Cemetery, this is the oldest nonsectarian cemetery in San Fernando Valley. It was used from the early 1800s until 1939, i... [click for more]

Workman Home and Family Cemetery
William Workman and John Rowland organized the first wagon train of permanent eastern settlers, which arrived in Southern California on November 5, 18... [click for more]

Los Angeles County Historic Homes & Houses
Adamson House at Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Designed by Stiles O. Clements in 1929, this Spanish Colonial Revival home contains the best surviving examples of decorative ceramic tile produced by... [click for more]

Adobe De Palomares
Completed about 1854 and restored in 1939, this was the family home of Don Ygnacio Palomares. Governor Juan B. Alvarado granted Rancho San Jose to Don... [click for more]

Avila Adobe
This adobe house was built ca. 1818 by Don Francisco Avila, alcalde (mayor) of Los Angeles in 1810. Used as Commodore Robert Stockton's headquarters i... [click for more]

Casa De Rancho San Antonio (Henry Gage Mansion)
Contained within this building are the remaining portions of an adobe house built by Francisco Salvador Lugo and his son Antonio María Lugo. Fr... [click for more]

Domínguez Ranchhouse
The central portion of the ranchhouse was built in 1826 by Manuel Domínguez. Rancho San Pedro, ten square leagues granted provisionally by Gove... [click for more]

Ennis House
Frank Lloyd Wright Textile Block Houses (thematic historical marker). This house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1924 for Charles and ... [click for more]

Freeman House
Frank Lloyd Wright Textile Block House (thematic historical marker). The Samuel and Harriet Freeman House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in... [click for more]

Governor Stoneman Adobe, Los Robles
This was the site of 'Los Robles,' the 400-acre estate of Governor George Stoneman. President Rutherford B. Hayes was entertained here in 1880. The fi... [click for more]

Heritage House
As originally built in 1869 by A. R. Loomis, the house had only two rooms, but other rooms were added by subsequent occupants. It was marked as the 'O... [click for more]

Hugo Reid Adobe
Hugo Reid, a Scotsman, petitioned the government of Mexico to grant him Rancho Santa Anita. His claim strengthened by his marriage to Victoria, a nati... [click for more]

Lugo Adobe Historical Marker
The Lugo Adobe, said to have been built in the 1840s by Don Vicente Lugo, was one of the very few two-story houses in the pueblo of Los Angeles. In 18... [click for more]

Lummis Home
This building was constructed by Charles F. Lummis (1859-1928), author, editor, poet, athlete, librarian, historian, archeologist, etc. He selected th... [click for more]

Old Plaza Firehouse
Dedicated to the firemen of the Los Angeles Fire Department-past, present, and future-who, by their courage and faithful devotion to duty, have protec... [click for more]

Pacific Asia Museum (Grace Nicholson’s Treasure House of Oriental and Western Art)
Grace Nicholson, a noted collector and authority on American Indian and Asian Art and artifacts, supervised the design of her combination gallery and ... [click for more]

Pasadena Playhouse
Founded in 1917 by Gilmor Brown, the Pasadena Playhouse was designed by architect Elmer Grey and the cornerstone laid May 31, 1924. In 1928 the Colleg... [click for more]

Pico House (Hotel)
Pío Pico constructed the Pico House in 1869-70. The first three-story hotel built in Los Angeles, it had about eighty rooms, large windows, a s... [click for more]

Plummer Park And Oldest House In Hollywood
Known as the 'Oldest House in Hollywood,' this house was built in the 1870s by Eugene Raphael Plummer. ... [click for more]

Rómulo Pico Adobe (Ranchito Rómulo)
The oldest portion of the adobe was built about 1834 by ex-mission Indians. It was enlarged by Eulogio de Celís in 1846, and an upper story add... [click for more]

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site
The 27,000-acre Rancho was once part of an 18th-century Spanish land grant to soldier Manuel Nieto. The Monterey-style adobe was constructed in 1844 a... [click for more]

Rancho San Francisco
Approximately one-half mile south of the point was the adobe headquarters of Rancho San Francisco, originally built about 1804 as a granary of Mission... [click for more]

Site Of Home Of Diego Sepulveda

Diego Sepúlveda

This adobe home, built by Diego Sepúlveda in the 1850s, was the first two-story Monterey-type adobe built in Sou... [click for more]

Site of Adobe Home of José Dolores Supulveda
This adobe was built in 1818. Dolores had trouble getting his land title cleared, so he took a trip to Monterey to get the matter definitely settled a... [click for more]

Site of The Childhood Home of The Beach Boys
It was here that the childhood home of Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson developed their unique musical skills.  During Labor Day weekend 1961, they... [click for more]

The Gamble House
Built in 1908, the David B. Gamble House is a tribute to the genius of architects Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene. Its design represents... [click for more]

Los Angeles County - General Interest
Banning Park
General Phineas Banning, State Senator and pioneer in the development of transportation in Southern California, built this house in the 1850s, soon af... [click for more]

Beale’s Cut Stagecoach Pass
Beale's Cut is the only physical and cultural feature of its kind in the entire Los Angeles Basin. At the time of its construction in 1862, the actual... [click for more]

Bella Union Hotel Site
Near this spot stood the Bella Union Hotel, long a social and political center. Here, on October 7, 1858, the first Butterfield Overland Mail stage fr... [click for more]

Brand Park (Memory Garden)
Brand Park, also called Memory Garden, was given to the city for a park November 4, 1920. It is a part of the original land grant of Mission San Ferna... [click for more]

Campo De Cahuenga
'Here was made the Treaty of Cahuenga by General Andrés Pico, commanding forces for Mexico, and Lieutenant-Colonel J. C. Frémont, U.S. A... [click for more]

Casa Adobe De San Rafael
In October 1784, José María Verdugo petitioned Pedro Fages, Governor of Alta California, for a grant of land. This grant was the first a... [click for more]

Casa De Governor Píopico
Following the Mexican War, Pío Pico, last Mexican governor, acquired 9,000-acre Rancho Paso de Bartolo and built here an adobe home that was de... [click for more]

Casa De San Pedro
The first known commercial structure on the shore of San Pedro Bay was built here in 1823 by the trading firm of McCulloch and Hartnell to store cattl... [click for more]

Catalina Adobe
San Rafael was granted to José María Verdugo on October 20, 1784. Don José died April 12, 1831, leaving his estate to his son Jul... [click for more]

Cecil B. Demille Studio Barn
Cecil B. DeMille rented half of this structure, then used as a barn, as the studio in which was made the first feature-length motion picture in Hollyw... [click for more]

Centinela Springs
Bubbling springs once flowed here from their source in a deep water basin that has existed continuously since the Pleistocene Era. Prehistoric animals... [click for more]

Chatsworth Calera Site
The Chatsworth Calera is one of the few surviving representative structures of the early 19th century lime industry. This kiln marked the introduction... [click for more]

Christmas Tree Lane
The 135 Deodar Cedar trees were planted in 1885 by the Woodbury Family, the founders of Altadena. First organized by F.C. Nash in 1920, the 'Mile of C... [click for more]

Drum Barracks
Established in 1862, Drum Barracks became the United States military headquarters for Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. It was a garrison ... [click for more]

E. J. Baldwin’s Queen Anne Cottage
Designed by A. A. Bennett for entertaining, the cottage was constructed by Elias Jackson ('Lucky') Baldwin in 1881. Since there was no kitchen, meals ... [click for more]

El Monte 1st Southern California Settlement by Immigrants from United States
El Monte, on the bank of the San Gabriel River, played a significant part in California's early pioneer history. It was first an encampment on the Old... [click for more]

First Jewish Site in Los Angeles
The Hebrew Benevolent Society of Los Angeles (1854), first charitable organization in the city, acquired this site from the city council by deed of Ap... [click for more]

Glendora Bougainvillea
Planted in 1901 by the R. H. Hamlins, early citrus growers, the Glendora bougainvillea is the largest growth of this exotic plant in the United States... [click for more]

Grave Of George Caralambo, (Greek George)
This is the grave of 'Greek George,' a camel driver from Asia Minor who came to the United States with the second load of camels purchased by the War ... [click for more]

Griffith Ranch
Originally part of the San Fernando Mission lands, this ranch was purchased by David Wark Griffith, revered pioneer of silent motion pictures, in 1912... [click for more]

Hancock Park La Brea
The bones of thousands of prehistoric animals that had been entrapped during the Ice Age in pools of tar that bubbled from beneath the ground were exh... [click for more]

Harold Lloyd Estate (Greenacres)
Greenacres, one of the greatest estates of Hollywood's Golden Era, was built in 1929 for the internationally known silent screen comedian, Harold Lloy... [click for more]

Hay Tree
The Hay Tree is an old, 50 foot high camphor tree standing in the middle of a grassy area in downtown Paramount.  The tree is a rare remnant of t... [click for more]

La Casa De Carrión
This house, built in 1868 by Saturnino Carrión, was restored in 1951 by Paul E. Traweek. ... [click for more]

La Mesa Battlefield
La Mesa Battlefield served as a campsite for the California forces under General Castro in the summer of 1846, during the United States' occupation of... [click for more]

On September 5, 1876, Charles Crocker, President of the Southern Pacific Company, drove a gold spike here to complete his company's San Joaquin Valley... [click for more]

Liberty Hill Site
In 1923 the Marine Transport Workers Industrial Union 510, a branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), called a strike that immobilized 90 ... [click for more]

Long Beach Marine Stadium
Created in 1932 for the rowing events of the Xth Olympiad, the Stadium was the first manmade rowing course in the United States. Its width allowed fou... [click for more]

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
This stadium was originally completed in 1923. It was partially redesigned and enlarged for the 1932 Olympic Games. Both designs were by architects Jo... [click for more]

Los Angeles Plaza
A part of the original pueblo lands of El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula founded in 1781 under the Spanish Laws of the Indies during... [click for more]

Los Encinos State Historic Park
The Franciscan padres used Encino as their headquarters while exploring the valley before establishing Mission San Fernando in 1797. In 1849 Vincente ... [click for more]

Lyons Station Stagecoach Stop
This site was the location of a combination store, post office, telegraph office, tavern, and stage depot accommodating travelers during the Kern Rive... [click for more]

Manhattan Beach State Pier
Designed by City Engineer A.L. Harris, this pier was constructed by the City of Manhattan Beach during the years 1917-1920. The roundhouse building wa... [click for more]

Named after pioneer oil developer Charles Alexander Mentry, who in 1876 drilled the first successful oil well in California. His restored home and bar... [click for more]

Merced Theatre
The Merced Theatre, erected in 1870 on North Main Street next to the Pico House, was the first building built expressly for theatrical purposes in Los... [click for more]

Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center
Designed as the largest enclosed structure without walls in the world by noted California architects Robert Clements and Associates, this Art Deco bui... [click for more]

Nuestra Señora La Reina De Los Angeles
La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles-the Church of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels-was dedicated on December 8, 1822 during Californi... [click for more]

Oak of the Golden Dream
Francisco López made California's first authenticated gold discovery on March 9, 1842. While gathering wild onions near an oak tree in Placerita Canyo... [click for more]

Old Mill
The Old Mill, El Molino Viejo, was designed by Father José María Zalvidea and built of fired bricks and adobe about 1816 to serve Missio... [click for more]

Old Salt Lake
The Indians of this area obtained salt from this lake. Sometime in the 1850s, Johnson and Allanson erected the necessary works to manufacture salt by ... [click for more]

Old Santa Monica Forestry Station
In 1887, the State Board of Forestry established the nation's first experimental forestry station. Located in Rustic Canyon, the station tested exotic... [click for more]

Old Short Cut
This is California's first ranger station, built in 1900 by Louie Newcomb and Phillip Begue, early Forest Service men. The cabin took its name from th... [click for more]

Old Trapper’s Lodge
Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments (thematic historical marker). Charles Kasling began sculpturing near Andrade in 1967, and his creations now fi... [click for more]

Paradox Hybrid Walnut Tree
Planted in 1907 by George Weinshank and assistants under the direction of Professor Ralph Smith as part of an experimental planting for the University... [click for more]

Pioneer Oil Refinery
In 1875 the Star Oil Company, one of the predecessors of the Standard Oil Company of California, drilled its first Pico Canyon well, which yielded abo... [click for more]

Point Dume
On November 24, 1793, English explorer George Vancouver, commander of an expedition to determine the extent of settlement of the northwest coast of Am... [click for more]

Pomona Water Powerplant
The first hydroelectric installation in California for long-distance transmission of alternating current at high voltage was built in 1892 on San Anto... [click for more]

Portolá Trail Campsite (i)
Spanish colonization of California began in 1769 with the expedition of Don Gaspar de Portolá from Mexico. With Captain Don Fernando Rivera v M... [click for more]

Portolá Trail Campsite, 2
The expedition of Don Gaspar de Portolá from Mexico passed this way en route to Monterey to begin the Spanish colonization of California. With ... [click for more]

Rio San Gabriel Battlefield
Near this site on January 8, 1847, American forces commanded by Captain Robert F. Stockton, U.S. Navy, Commander in Chief, and Brigadier General Steph... [click for more]

S.S. Catalina
Commonly referred to as the Great White Steamer, the ship was specially built by William Wrigley to serve his Catalina Island as a passenger ferry. Sh... [click for more]

Santa Anita Assembly Center and Pomona Assembly Center, Temporary Detention Camps for Japanese Americans
The temporary detention camps (also known as 'assembly centers') represent the first phase of the mass incarceration of 97,785 Californians of Japanes... [click for more]

Serra Springs
The Portolá Expedition of 1769 encamped at this spring, and it is reported that in 1770 Father Serra said Mass here to the Indians of this area... [click for more]

Site Of Llano Del Rio Cooperative Colony
This was the site of the most important non-religious Utopian experiment in western American history. Its founder, Job Harriman, was Eugene Debs' runn... [click for more]

Site Of Old Whaling Station
The whaling industry is said to have been started by Captain Clark in 1864. Captain Frank Anderson, a Portuguese, tried 2,166 barrels of whale oil at ... [click for more]

Site Of The Initial United States Air Meet
About a half mile southeast of this spot, on Dominquez Hill in historic Rancho San Pedro, the first air meet in the United States was held during Janu... [click for more]

Site of Port Los Angeles Long Wharf
In 1893 the Southern Pacific Railroad Company completed its 4,720-foot wharf, which served as a deep water port for the Los Angeles area. But after Sa... [click for more]

St. Francis Dam Disaster Site
The 185-foot concrete St. Francis Dam, part of the Los Angeles aqueduct system, stood a mile and a half north of this spot. On March 12, 1928, just be... [click for more]

St. Vincent’s Place
This was the site of Saint Vincent's College from 1868 to 1887. The college, now Loyola University, was founded by the Vincentian Fathers in 1865 and ... [click for more]

The Angeles National Forest
The first national forest in the State of California and second in the United States, Angeles National Forest was created by proclamation of President... [click for more]

The Cascades
This is the terminus of the Los Angeles-Owens River Aqueduct, which brings water 338 miles from the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada to the City of... [click for more]

The Los Angeles Star Newspaper (original site)
Southern California's first newspaper, The Los Angeles Star, was founded in this block on May 17, 1851 and for many years exerted a major influence up... [click for more]

The Mirror Building (site of Butterfield Stage Station)
The Butterfield Overland Mail Company took an option on this piece of property in August 1858 and acquired it on December 7, 1859. A large brick build... [click for more]

The Mojave Road
Long ago, Mohave Indians used a network of pathways to cross the Mojave Desert. In 1826, American trapper Jedediah Smith used their paths and became t... [click for more]

The Ortega-Vigare Adobe
Erected during mission days, 1792-1805, this is the second oldest adobe in this region. Originally 'L'-shaped, it is now only half its original size. ... [click for more]

Timms’ Point and Landing
In 1852 German immigrant Augustus W. Timms obtained Sepúlveda's Landing on the mudflats near here. He built a wharf, added a warehouse, corral ... [click for more]

Tuna Club of Avalon
The Tuna Club of Avalon marks the birthplace of modern big game sportfishing in 1898. Led by Dr. Charles Frederick Holder, the club's founding members... [click for more]

Watts Towers of Simon Rodia
The Watts Towers are perhaps the nation's best known work of folk art sculpture. Using simple hand tools, cast off materials (glass, shell, pottery pi... [click for more]

Well, Alamitos 1
One of the world's most famous wells. Started on March 23,1921, it flowed 590 barrels of oil a day when it was completed June 25, 1921, at a depth of ... [click for more]

Well, CSO 4 (Pico 4)
On this site stands CSO-4 (Pico 4), California's first commercially productive well. It was spudded in early 1876 under direction of Demetrious G. Sco... [click for more]

Western Hotel
Erected by the Gilroy family in 1876 this building was purchased in 1902 by George T. Webber.... [click for more]

This page last updated: 11/11/2009