Lost Landmarks

Pasadena the Beautiful: Blossoms in Bloom at the Original Busch Gardens

The ruins of the once world famous public gardens of Adolphus and Lilly Busch, of "Budweiser" beer fame, are scattered around Pasadena along the Arroyo Seco.

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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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From Hip Hotel to Holy Home: The Self-Realization Fellowship on Mount Washington

From Hip Hotel to Holy Home: The Self-Realization Fellowship on Mount Washington

How an Indian guru found his spiritual home in an abandoned hotel on top of Mount Washington in Northeast Los Angeles.
The Flood: St. Francis Dam Disaster, William Mulholland, and the Casualties of L.A. Imperialism

The Flood: St. Francis Dam Disaster, William Mulholland, and the Casualties of L.A. Imperialism

The 1928 failure resulted in one of the worst civic disasters in L.A. history.
Brand Park and the Gates of Miradero: The Strange Life of Glendale's First Family

Brand Park and the Gates of Miradero: The Strange Life of Glendale's First Family

Inside a pyramid-shaped tomb lays the man responsible for El Miradero, the Glendale palace built by a man just as odd as the park which bears his name.
Phantom Fast Lanes: Whitnall Highway and the Footprint of Best Laid Plans

Phantom Fast Lanes: Whitnall Highway and the Footprint of Best Laid Plans

The grand vision of one of L.A.'s first city planners included a highway that would have connect Hollywood to Newhall via a tunnel through Griffith Park.
The Gaylord Apartments: Luxury, Socialism, and L.A.'s First Failed Co-op

The Gaylord Apartments: Luxury, Socialism, and L.A.'s First Failed Co-op

Wilshire Boulevard's iconic Gaylord Apartments today represents more of the socialist ideal than Henry Gaylord Wilshire could have ever truly imagined.
The Many Lives of Fort Moore Hill: The Shifting and Shrinking of a Los Angeles Icon

The Many Lives of Fort Moore Hill: The Shifting and Shrinking of a Los Angeles Icon

This is a hill where the white man watched, where they built a fort, celebrated L.A.'s first Fourth of July, buried their dead, built their finest homes and newest schools, and end ...
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Sarno's Pasticceria: Munchies, Music, and Murder in the Little Italy of Los Feliz

Tragedy struck the bakery and "Opera Cafe" that served as the center of the Italian community in Los Feliz.
Pioneers, Politics, and Punches: Dan the Miner, Carthay Circle, and Dirty Dealings in the Golden West

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The legacy of Daniel "The Miner" McCarthy and his son J. Harvey lives on with a bronze monument and the neighborhood of Carthay Circle.
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