Red Gold

Red Gold: The Rise of Los Angeles and the Demise of California's Redwood Forest

In the course of its relentless growth, Los Angeles paved over its local prairies and drained its wetlands. But the city’s ecological destruction extended far beyond Southern California. Take the once-mighty temperate rainforests of California’s redwood coast. Only five percent of the state’s old-growth redwood forests now remain – a fact for which Los Angeles deserves a great deal of blame. In the early 20th century, the port of Los Angeles was a leading importer of redwood lumber, the choice building material for the residential structures of Angelenos who saw little connection to the city’s adobe past. Today, beneath the painted clapboard of Angelino Heights’ Victorian mansions, stand skeletons of redwood timber.

LA as SubjectA collaboration between the USC Libraries and KCETLink, Lost LA features the member collections of L.A. as Subject, a research alliance dedicated to preserving and telling the sometimes-hidden stories and histories of the Los Angeles region.

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Three Views of Manzanar: Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake

Despite the trauma of their incarceration during World War II, Japanese Americans built new lives while detained at concentration camps like Manzanar. They played baseball, planted gardens and made the honor roll. Three renowned photographers captured these scenes: outsiders Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams and incarceree Tōyō Miyatake who boldly smuggled in a camera lens to document life from within the camp. All three trained their lenses on small yet profound moments of dignity and domesticity, documenting resilience in the face of civil injustice.

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Bootlegger Tunnels: A Journey Through LA’s Prohibition Lore

Prohibition may have outlawed liquor, but that didn’t mean the booze stopped flowing. Explore the myths of subterranean Los Angeles, crawl through prohibition-era tunnels, and visit some of the city’s oldest speakeasies.

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Paul Revere Williams: An African-American Architect in Jet-Age L.A.

Although best known for designing the homes of celebrities like Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra, the pioneering African-American architect Paul Revere Williams also contributed to some of the city’ s most recognizable civic structures—all while confronting racial barriers. Visit LAX’s iconic Theme Building, a Williams-designed church, and the Pueblo del Rio public housing project

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Discovering the Universe: Exploring the Cosmos Atop Mount Wilson

As recently as a century ago, scientists doubted whether the universe extended beyond our own Milky Way — until astronomer Edwin Hubble, working with the world’s most powerful telescope in the mountains high above Los Angeles, discovered just how vast the universe truly is. Visit the underground vault of the Carnegie Observatories, where paradigm-shifting discoveries are annotated by hand on glass photographic slides; and the historic Mount Wilson observatory.

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