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It was just over one hundred years ago that Hollywood became its own city.  On November  14, 1903, the residents of the Cahuenga Valley voted to incorporate their small community and the called the City of Hollywood.  At that time, Hollywood was a small residential town which was about twelve west of downtown Los Angeles.  City hood didn’t last but a few years because of an inadequate water supply and municipal facilities.  In February 1919, the residents of Hollywood voted to annex their small community to the City of Los Angeles.  The last official act of the Board of Trade was to rename Prospect Ave to Hollywood Blvd.

One of the early residents was Daeida Wilcox and her husband, Harvey.  They purchases  several acres at what is now Hollywood Blvd. and Cahuenga Ave.  Here they built a fine home and became pillars of the community.  It was Daeida who named their small farm Hollywood.  In 1886, Harvey recorded the first tract map in the Cahuenga Valley and he called it Hollywood.  A photograph of this tract map can be seen on the hollywoodphotographs.com web site.

It wasn’t long after the first motion picture companies established movie studios in Hollywood, that the once small community began to grow.  And grow it did!  As more and more people came to Hollywood, the development of Hollywood Blvd., Sunset Blvd. and other streets began to explode with growth.  The Hollywood Hotel, at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. became a popular meeting place.

Restaurants and hotels began popping up all over Hollywood.  The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Hollywood Plaza Hotel were built in the 1920s.  Restaurants like Musso and Frank Grill and the Brown Derby became popular haunts for Hollywood residents and movie celebrities.

Real estate developments like the Outpost Estates and Hollywoodland attracted affluent buyers who wanted to live in the beautiful Hollywood hills.Pictures of all of these places can be seen on the Hollywoodphotographs.com web site, and all are available for purchase.

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