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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: 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...

CityDig: When Union Bank Square Dethroned City Hall

When Union Bank Square opened its doors on December 22, 1966, the 42-story office tower claimed its crown as the tallest building in Los Angeles Read more...

CityDig: When L.A.’s Buses Had an Upper Deck

Think London meets Los Angeles Read more...

CityDig: The Dammed Past of Devil's Gate

In prehistoric times, the granitic crag in Pasadena known as Devil’s Gate was not a gate at all but a natural dam Read more...

CityDig: Before the 405 Was Paved

Today a river of concrete passes through Sepulveda Canyon, but in 1934 that mighty river—the 405 freeway—was only a modest stream, a winding, unpaved road that snaked through the Santa Monica Mountains Read more...

CityDig: The Loneliest Skyscraper in Los Angeles

Shortly before it opened in 1965 as the Occidental Center Tower, the Times compared the AT&T Center to a “Sequoia in a stand of lodgepole pine”—and little has changed since Read more...

CityDig: How Ivanhoe Canyon Became Silver Lake

In November of 1907, William Mulholland began flooding the meadowlands of Ivanhoe Canyon. The waters rose, sedges drowned, and within a few months, Silver Lake was born Read more...

CityDig: When Santa Monica Airport Was Clover Field

Before “Cloverfield” was a monster, it was an airfield. As early as 1917, aviators were landing on a grassy runway perched atop a mesa just southeast of Santa Monica Read more...

CityDig: Putting the "Marina" in Marina Del Rey

Hundreds of workers operating heavy machinery transformed tidal marshlands into the 824-acre yacht harbor (with slips for 6,200 boats) that we know today Read more...
 
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