The Lady of La Brea: Madame Ida Hancock Ross, Los Angeles' Forgotten Matriarch

She was the first to open the La Brea tar pits to scientific excavation, and was once known as the wealthiest woman in L.A. But history has largely forgotten Ida Hancock Ross, an important figure in early L.A.

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Hadley Meares is a writer, historian, and singer who traded one Southland (her home state of North Carolina) for another. She is a frequent contributor to Curbed and Atlas Obscura, and leads historical tours all around Los Angeles for Obscura Society LA.
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