Lost Landmarks

In a State of Peace and Tranquility: Campo de Cahuenga and the Birth of American California

Every day busy Californians drive right over the spot where the first steps toward American statehood were taken many moons ago.

About the Author

Hadley Meares is a writer, actress and singer who traded one Southland (her home state of North Carolina) for another. Her debut novel "Absolutely" is now available on Amazon.
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What Lies Beneath: The Many Mysteries of Pioneer Cemetery

What Lies Beneath: The Many Mysteries of Pioneer Cemetery

Established in 1874, the second ever burial ground in the Valley now has only 13 or 14 gravestones, and volunteers have put in thousands of hours attempting to piece together the t ...
The Hotel of Mirth: Pasadena's Castle Green

The Hotel of Mirth: Pasadena's Castle Green

At Castle Green, one's imagination is apt to run wild.
The Catalina Casino: The Magic Isle's Art Deco Pleasure Palace

The Catalina Casino: The Magic Isle's Art Deco Pleasure Palace

There's a feeling that the party has passed its grandeur at the landmark structure built by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, as the centerpiece of his dream resort on Avalon Ba ...
Happier Hunting Grounds: The Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas

Happier Hunting Grounds: The Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in Calabasas

From Jibbs the Chimp actor to Room 8 the cat, over 40,000 animals have been buried here since its opening in 1928.
Infernal Machines: The Bombing of the Los Angeles Times and L.A.'s First 'Crime of the Century'

Infernal Machines: The Bombing of the Los Angeles Times and L.A.'s First 'Crime of the Century'

Not much is left on the northeast corner of First and Broadway where a series of blasts shook downtown Los Angeles to its foundations, dramatically capping off decades of class war ...
Marion's Playground: The Story of the Annenberg Community Beach House

Marion's Playground: The Story of the Annenberg Community Beach House

Pictures of Marion Davies were everywhere at the lavish beach retreat built by her longtime love William Randolph Hearst.
The Culver Hotel: Harry C. Culver's Flatiron of Fun

The Culver Hotel: Harry C. Culver's Flatiron of Fun

At the intersection of Washington and Culver Boulevards rises a brick triangle that looks like a wedge of tawny brown bread, which movie stars, bookies, and bums once called this b ...
Hillside Memorial Park: A Jewish Modernist Masterpiece in the Midst of the City

Hillside Memorial Park: A Jewish Modernist Masterpiece in the Midst of the City

The women and men who created this busy city, who built the movie studios, the hospitals, the charities, the schools, and the industries that make Los Angeles great, are buried in ...
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