El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, USA
www.ci.la.ca.us/elp/index.htm - 213-485-6855
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Reviews
The roots of Los Angeles Oct 25, 2010
On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers founded El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles (The town of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels) on a riverbank in Alta California. The settlers, an ethnically diverse group, had come from Sinaloa in Mexico, fulfilling the desire of Carlos III to establish a second Spanish settlement in the upper California frontier.
That was the founding of the city that grew into today's Los Angeles. But, the center of the old city, The Plaza, remains as the anchor of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Around the Plaza are numerous preserved and restored structures from the Spanish, Mexican, and early American periods of Los Angeles. To one side is Olvera Street. To the other, the Pico House and other American buildings built in the 1870s as the city began to grow. The Avila Adobe on Olvera Street, dating from 1818, is the oldest house in Los Angeles.
The Historical Monument is maintained by the city. Many of the structures are open with interpretive exhibits. But the area is not simply a static open-air musuem. It retains the vitality of a diverse and active community. The Plaza Church continues to be a center of the Latino community. Displays document the numerous peoples who have come to live in Los Angeles.
Olvera Street bustles with street vendors and restaurants among the historic buildings. Many visitors to Los Angeles may think of Olvera Street as a touristy place and avoid it. But it has evolved greatly since it was reimagined as a "Mexican Marketplace" in 1930. The local community takes the annual festivals celebrated on Olvera Street, including Dia de los Muertos and Las Posadas, very seriously. When viewing one of the festivals, I think you are seeing the soul of Los Angeles.
Highly recommended! Enjoy a meal at one of the Olvera Street restaurants while you are learning about LA's past.
Please see my journal entry for more photos of El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Olvera Street.
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