Los Angeles Historic Walks

Jun 12, 2009 by Lisa Newton

Literally on the road to see, hear, and learn about the history of Los Angeles, to find its heart, spirit, and soul is through walking the inner and outer sanctums of Los Angeles to discover its often forgotten roots.

Starting at Union Station, the hub of Amtrak and Metro in downtown, I followed the faint echoes of sound and music emanating from the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument across the street from Union Station.

Where you can literally touch, see, and experience the heart of Old Los Angeles, lays the site of one of its oldest structures–the Avila Adobe, which was built in 1818.

Letting my feet take the lead from my head; blasting through my own urban journey, I was to make not only a fertile historic visit to Los Angeles’ landmarks–city block, by block—but in doing so I was able to discover the city’s history at every turn.

In the near future, Travelin’ Local will cover and feature many of our cultural and historical locations, many times not in the front and center of our awareness; but nonetheless for today’s story here’s a walking map and some pictures from today’s march.


View Walking Union Station in a larger map

Just as with my previous Walking in LA article, if you click on the various markers, you’ll discover a photo of each location.

Travelin’ Local is just as much as what’s happening new and exciting today as well as knowing and understanding how we’ve come to this place in our history.

By walking when Travelin’ Local you can do both.

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11 Responses to “Los Angeles Historic Walks”

  1. David says:

    Lisa, your walking tours are unbelievable–with words, pictures, storytelling, and technology–you make yesterday and today become one.

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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @David, Thanks. I’m trying to introduce history of a “new” city by East Coast standards. Yes, even in LA, we have history!!

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  2. Marc - WelshScribe says:

    I agree with David. You have a way of making your photography come to life through more than just the imagery alone.

    I’ve just got to learn how you marked the map like that and linked to photos.

    Marc – WelshScribe’s last blog post..Weekend Reading | Link Love Friday

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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Marc – WelshScribe, I love taking walks in LA, and then using Google Maps to plot my route. To see a city up close and personal, walking is definitely the way to go. Walking, a camera, and Travelin’ Local combined with Google Maps makes it easy. :)

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  3. Paisley (Paisley Thoughts) says:

    LA is an interesting location. There seems to be an unending stream of information and ‘locations within locations’. I enjoyed seeing the Union Station because Bladerunner is one of my favourite movies and Charlize Theron was in the Italian Job.

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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Paisley (Paisley Thoughts), Thank you for the information, Paisley. Union Station has been used for several movie settings. :)

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  4. Marc - WelshScribe says:

    Thanks Paisley I didn’t know about the Union Station/Bladerunner thing.

    It *is* nice to see it there :)

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  5. FrugalNYC says:

    Hi Lisa,

    You never cease to amaze. I don’t know how you find the time to do all this! You must really love what you do here on this blog!!

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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @FrugalNYC, You know how it is, being from NYC. There’s always a neverending stream of things to do, places to go, and sites to see, especially in your respective backyards.

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    FrugalNYC Reply:

    @LisaNewton, I like the new reply system on your blog :)

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