A History of Los Angeles in 232 Objects - Los Angeles magazine

The history of Los Angeles
as told through 232 objects

By Chris Nichols

Founded on September 4, 1781, Los Angeles is 232 years old. It's older than Chicago, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. In fact, when L.A.’s founders were gathering at El Pueblo, the city's birthplace, New York City was still occupied by the British army. Which means we have a long history to tell. To do that, we are sharing the stories behind iconic objects that represent our city. Check in daily to see new additions.


Feel free to add to this exhibition. E-mail your ideas to askchris@lamag.com

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  1. Phylis Martinelli posted on 09/10/2013 02:04 PM
    Fascinating the way objects can tell such a story. The tools Roda used for his iconic towers look so primitive.
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