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Traversing the Music Box Steps

Aug 15, 2010 by Lisa Newton

When walking around the Echo Park, and Silver Lake area, you’re bound to encounter an area where there’s quite a few steps–more germane, several thousand steps.

Some of the steps are hidden, others are in plain sight, some have been illegally sequestered by the local homeowners, more than a few are famous in their own artistic, historical, and cultural domain.

Currently, there’s over 200 sets of stairs in and around the Los Angeles area; and there’s no doubt that they’re several that are yet to be discovered.

The City’s most famous stairs are the Music Box Steps, made famous in the 1932 Laurel and Hardy short comedy film. Hauling a piano up a flight of stairs is never easy, but Laurel and Hardy manage to make it harder, and funnier than one could imagine.

At the start of the uphill climb on Vendome Street, there’s a small plaque commemorating both the movie, the Music Box and stairs, and Laurel and Hardy.

At the top of its grand total of 131 steps, you’re able to see many of the sights of the city you probably weren’t able to see before, and of course, your legs will get quite the workout at the same time.

For the homeowners in the houses that border the steps, climbing them is just part of their daily routine. As I was walking down, a woman emerged from her house with two large white dogs in tow, ready for her daily walk.

If you’d like to learn more about the many staircases in Los Angeles, Dan Koeppel’s Big Parade site is a wonderful resource.

And if you’re not on the Eastside, there’s quite a few steps on Westside. In fact, I discovered a great way to get to the beach via a set of steps.

Steps are a great literal, physical, allegorical, architectural, metaphysical, and a way to get from here to there.

To others they’re just a hassle.

In any case, when Travelin’ Local, we’re on top of the local cool spots so that you know when and where to go to find the things to do and places to go to fit into your lifestyle.

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