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Robert Petersen is the creator of the Hidden History of Los Angeles podcast (www.hiddenhistoryla.com). Robert was born and raised in Pasadena and received a BA in history from UC Berkeley and a law degree from UCLA. He is currently a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California.

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Lost LA

How Public Transit Helped the 1932 Olympics Move Around Los Angeles

Streetcars, interurban trolleys, and a fleet of buses transported athletes and spectators around Los Angeles during the 1932 Summer Olympics.
Occidental students Mike Malouf, Bill Knudson, and Barack Obama, circa 1980. Courtesy of Occidental College Archives.
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Lost LA

Obama in L.A.: The 44th President’s Two Years as an Angeleno

As an undergraduate at Occidental College, Barack Obama lived in the Los Angeles area from 1979-81.
Pico Heights on an 1894 birdseye city view
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Lost LA

How a Neighborhood Disappears: The Life and Death of Pico Heights

During the 1970s, the name Pico Heights was erased from maps and today the name is all but forgotten.
Portrait of the Los Angeles Police team, posing with rifles, 1890
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Lost LA

Shootout at Temple & Main: The LAPD’s Violent Beginnings

The first LAPD officer killed in the line of duty was shot by a fellow officer over a reward for recovering a runaway Chinese prostitute.
United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles
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Lost LA

Los Angeles’ 1850s Slave Market Is Now the Site of a Federal Courthouse

Though California was technically a "free state" in the 1850s, its laws blessed a system that amounted to slavery for Native people.
Irwindale mining
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Lost LA

Irwindale: Mining the Building Blocks of Los Angeles

Much of the raw material for L.A.'s freeways and concrete structures comes from Irwindale, where rock, sand, and gravel mining has long dominated the local economy.
Mural of Queen Calafia and her Amazons in the Room of the Dons at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California.
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Departures

California, Calafia, Khalif: The Origin of the Name "California"

California, which has spawned so many of its own myths, has its origin in myth. The Spanish explorers were looking for an "island dream" when they gave California its name.
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Departures

The Hunt for Tiburcio Vasquez: A Chase Through a Californio's L.A.

Tiburcio Vasquez portrayed himself as the defender of the Californios following the American takeover of California, though he was tried as a criminal and eventually hung. The last chase of Vasquez throughout L.A. reveals a landscape in transition from...
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Departures

Clifford Clinton: The Man and His Cafeteria Shaped Food and Politics in L.A.

Clifford Clinton, best known as the founder of Clifton's Cafeteria, was not only a colorful restaurateur, but also a political reformer, mayoral candidate, and the founder of Meals for Millions.
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