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  • Nathan Masters

    Nathan Masters blogs for Los Angeles magazine on behalf of L.A. as Subject, an association hosted by the USC Libraries and dedicated to preserving and telling the history of the Los Angeles region. He also contributes regularly to Los Angeles magazine and writes weekly about Southern California history at KCET. Follow him on Twitter or Google .

 

CityDig Goes '80s: Tracking L.A.'s Railway History

Having been without fixed-rail transit for decades, it was a momentous occasion when in January 1988, workers secured the first steel rails of the new Blue Line Read more...

CityDig: Eastern Outfitting and Downtown’s Turquoise Gem

Of all the corporate logos that tower above downtown Los Angeles, the block letters spelling out “EASTERN” above the corner of Ninth and Broadway might be the most elegant Read more...

CityDig: The Mulholland Dam's Vanishing Act

In the 1930s, engineers with L.A.’s Department of Water and Power performed their most impressive trick yet: they made an entire dam disappear Read more...

CityDig: How Prospect Avenue Became Hollywood Boulevard

Prospect Avenue was just another dusty lane traversing the Cahuenga Valley countryside in 1899, when the tiny settlement of Hollywood hatched an ambitious plan to improve its main street—and with it the town’s stature Read more...

CityDig: The Second Street Tunnel's Rise to Fame

Like a veteran character actor, L.A.’s Second Street Tunnel is instantly recognizable even if few know its name. But of course, it was not built for film and TV production Read more...

CityDig: The Explosive Beginnings of Silver Lake’s Red Car Property

Was this peaceful place, now on the verge of becoming a park, really born out of man-made blasts? Read more...

CityDig: This Was L.A.’s City Hall for 39 Years

Before Los Angeles’ municipal government moved into the imposing, neoclassical skyscraper we know as City Hall in 1928, it was content with a more modest three-story structure Read more...

CityDig: The Ostriches of Griffith Park

In 1885, 34 of the large, ungainly birds arrived on an oak-dotted, 680-acre site on the bank of the Los Angeles River, largely to support a feathery trend in women's fashion Read more...

CityDig: When Model T’s Scaled the California Incline

Footpaths like the Sunset Trail and stairways like the 99 Steps preceded it, but the California Incline was the first automobile shortcut over Santa Monica’s ocean bluffs Read more...

CityDig: Before There Was Little Osaka, There Was the Sawtelle Soldiers' Home

The complex, part of a national chain of homes for Union veterans of the Civil War, hardly provided the domestic atmosphere its name suggested Read more...
 
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