With so much change to southern California in 2017, it was an ideal year to look back at our region's past. From terrifying floods to sleek new freeways, KCET unearthed a trove of stories that reflected who we were, and perhaps will offer a glimpse of where we're heading. Follow the links below to our most read history articles of 2017.
The Pike was one of southern California's largest playgrounds by the sea.
Taken from a hot air balloon, it was probably the first aerial photo of L.A.
Freeways once represented L.A.'s best hope for the future, as these photos illustrate.
With its 32 percent grade, how did Baxter Street ever get built?
L.A.'s most hated stretch of freeway began as a bucolic country road through the Santa Monica Mountains.
Endorsed by New Deal-era federal housing policy, "redlining" encouraged housing inequality in U.S. cities.
Call it 19th-century L.A.’s idea of a thrill ride.
It was the flood that convinced southern California to dam and channelize its untrustworthy rivers.
The Orange County amusement park started as a roadside fruit stand.