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Hiking Hollywood

Hollywood Hikes

Hollywood is often seen as the grittiest, most urban part of Los Angeles. Yet Hollywood contains some of LA's greenest pastures, for hiking, dog walking, photography, or simply enjoying green space and spectacular vistas.

For many people, Hollywood hiking doesn't extend beyond strolling down Hollywood Boulevard, visiting the famous stars on the Walk of Fame, or watching wanna-bees in costume impersonate real and imaginary characters like Superman and Michael Jackson.

But leaving the flats and climbing the hills of Hollywood will bring an unexpected reward. Just above the city, where the Hollywood Hills meet the Santa Monica Mountains, a network of trails and parks puts the city below (and the Hollywood sign above) in perspective. Places like Runyon Canyon, Lake Hollywood and Griffith Park not only provide a respite from the urban jungle, but have themselves been featured in famous Hollywood productions.

Photo of Runyon Canyon entrance...

Hollywood Today Photos

Hollywood Today Photos

Our Hollywood is not just another neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, it is one of the most special places in the world.  No other community anywhere gets as much attention. Throughout its history, people from all over the world and from everywhere in the U.S. have come here to build a life, start a career or re-invent themselves. There are as many Hollywood stories and here’s mine.

Today’s Hollywood Leaders

Those early months were magical for me. I was hooked on Hollywood photos! Although I was new here, I could see that Hollywood was a place that had seen better days and one had the sense there was little interest in caring for it. There was essentially no economic growth, no new construction, and no momentum.

The only decent hotel for visitors was the Holiday Inn, site of the current Loews Hotel. Considerable blight affected just about every neighborhood but,...

Hollywood Today

Hollywood Today

Our Hollywood is not just another neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, it is one of the most special places in the world.  No other community anywhere gets as much attention. Throughout its history, people from all over the world and from everywhere in the U.S. have come here to build a life, start a career or re-invent themselves. There are as many Hollywood stories and here’s mine. One of this country's greatest growth towns was the community of Hollywood. hollywoodphotographs.com has the largest collection of vintage and historical photos of Hollywood.

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Today’s Hollywood Leaders

Those early months were magical for me. I was hooked on Hollywood! Although I was new here, I could see that Hollywood was a place that had seen better days and one had...

Historic Photos of Hollywood

Historic Photos of Hollywood

For many years, Hollywood has been the subject of  thousands of news shows, documentaries, newspaper articles, movies and television shows.  The most complete website that deals with Hollywood history and historic Hollywood photos is the hollywoodphotographs.com website.

With more than 8,000 historic photos of Hollywood, hollywoodphotographs.com is the largest and most complete collection of historic Hollywood photos in the world. The website has more than 90 subject categories from which to choose.

The collection was founded by Bruce Torrence in 1970 and, today, it is one of the most popular photograph websites on the internet.  Some of the interesting subject categories include, Hollywood Aerials, Cahuenga Pass, Gilmore Field, Hollywood Blvd., Theaters, and Schwab’s Pharmacy.

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Hiking In The Hollywood Hills

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Hollywood Hiking

For many people, Hollywood hiking doesn't extend the on strolling down Hollywood Boulevard, visiting the famous stars on the Hollywood walk of fame, or watching wannabes in costume impersonating real and imaginary characters like Elton John and Michael Jackson.

But leaving the flats and climbing the hills of Hollywood will bring antics unexpected reward. Just above the city, where the Hollywood Hills meet the Santa Monica Mountains, a network of trails and parks put the city below in perspective. Places like Runyon Canyon, Lake Hollywood and Griffith Park not only provide a respite from the urban jungle but have themselves been featured in famous Hollywood productions.  Runyon Canyon...

Hollywood Becomes A City

Hollywood Community

The United States government recognized the existence of Hollywood in November 1987 by establishing a post office in the second hotel, with Linus Matthews as postmaster. Over the next six years the village of Hollywood was faced with three pressing problems that the Cahuenga Valley improvement Association, were recognized in 1895, seemed incapable of solving: Hollywood streets were not getting attention in proportion to the tax levied by the county on Hollywood property; a lack of school facilities; and a growing sentiment for prohibition.

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The Hollywood Board of trade was formed in June 1903 to supersede the improvement Association, and the following months meeting it was suggested that many of the communities problems could be solved by incorporating as...

The Naming of Hollywood

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The naming of Hollywood is credited to Daeida Wilcox who, with her husband, Harvey, arrived in Los Angeles in 1883.  In 1886, they purchased 120 acres at what, is now, Hollywood Blvd. & Cahuenga Ave.  At that time, the area was known as the cahuenga Valley. That same year, Daeida traveled east and, while on the train, met a lady who spoke of her Chicago home, which she called “Hollywood.”  When Mrs. Wilcox returned home, she prevailed on her husband to name their small farm, Hollywood.  The following year, in 1887, Mr. Wilcox put on the first real estate subdivision in the Cahuenga Valley, which he called Hollywood.

LOS ANGELES ANNEX

In 1903, the residents of the Cahuenga Valley elected to incorporate their small community and call it Hollywood.  That lasted for seven years.  Because of uncertain municipal facilities and a continued water supply,...

Hollywood and The Great Depression

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Hollywood and The Great Depression

Hollywood was having a wonderful time and doing terrific business when the stock market crashed in October, 1929. A place like Hollywood, with huge sums of capital were on the line in projects such as subdivisions, new stores, and studio expansion, was his especially hard by the collapse of the big-money superstructure.  Banks failed; the President of the Guaranty Building and Loan Association confessed to the embezzlement of $8 million of the bank’s assets. Hundreds of bank depositors, large and small, were wiped out.  Foreclosures were common, and many people lost their homes and businesses.

At the time of the crash, the motion picture was still reeling from the advent of “sound.”  Large studios, led by warner Bros., rushed to develop sound stages, recording equipment, and other technology for the...