Cahuenga Pass


CAHUENGA PASS The Cahuenga Pass is a mountain pass through the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains in the Hollywood district of the City of Los Angeles, California. It connects the Los Angeles Basin to the San Fernando Valley via the Hollywood Freeway U.S. Route 101 and Cahuenga Boulevard. With an elevation 745ft./227m, it is the lowest pass through the mountains. It was the site of two major battles, the Battle of Cahuenga Pass in 1831 (a fight between local settlers and the Mexican-appointed governor and his men; two deaths), and the Battle of La Providencia or Second Battle of Cahuenga Pass in 1845 (between locals over whether to secede from Mexico; one horse and one mule killed), both on the San Fernando Valley side near present-day Studio City; cannonballs are still occasionally found during excavations in the area. Along the route of the historic El Camino Real, the historic significance of the pass is also marked by a marker along Cahuenga Ave., which names the area as Paseo de Cahuenga. Initially, the road through the Cahuenga Pass was nothing more than a single wagon track with deep dust in the summer and rut or sticky mud in the winter. Freight wagons, canvas covered wagons and personal carriages travelled through the Cahuenga Pass on a continuous basis. The first overland mail to California also travelled through the Pass whichlay between the San Fernando Valley and the Cahuenga Valley.  At that time, the Cahuenga Vally consisted of many fields and ordhards. Because of the increased use of the road, the first oasis in the Cahuenga Pass was the Pass Hotel, or Eight-Mile House built in the early 1870s. It was largely built - an unpainted, two sstory wooded structure of the Monterey type. Two of the most prominent entertainment facilities that lie the Cahuenga Pass are the Hollywood Bowl and the Pilgrimage Theater, which were founded and built in the 1920s. As travel increased through the Cahuenga Pass, between Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, the road was widened to two lanes in each direction. However, as more and more people began living in the San Fernando Valley, particularly after WWII, the need for a larger thoroughfare was readily apparent. In order to alleviate this traffic problem, and speed up travel to and from downtown Los Angeles, the state of California allocated $55 million dollars for the building of the Hollywood Freeway. Construction of the ten mile thoroughfare began in 1947 and the first phase was dedicated in October, 1951. The second phase was completed in 1953, with the final dedication ceremony held in April, 1954. The other pass in the Hollywood area was through Laurel Canyon. Today, the Hollywood Freeway is one of the most heavily travelled and congested freeways in the country. On this site are scores of historic Cahuenga Pass photos, Cahuenga Pass images and Cahuenga Pass pictures.

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Looking NW at Cahuenga Pass
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TRAVELERS IN THE CAHUENGA PASS
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Cahuenga Pass
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Cahuenga PassLooking NW at Cahuenga Pass
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1957
Cahuenga PassTRAVELERS IN THE CAHUENGA PASS
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1892
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1896
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1897
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LOOKING SOUTH THRU CAHUENGA PASS
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Bicyclist In The Cahuenga Pass
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Widening The Cahuenga Pass
Cahuenga PassLOOKING SOUTH THRU CAHUENGA PASS
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1899
Cahuenga PassBicyclist In The Cahuenga Pass
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1900
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1910
Cahuenga PassWidening The Cahuenga Pass
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1911
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Widening Cahuenga Pass
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Early Travelers In The Cahuenga Pass
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Looking north at Cahuenga Pass
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Looking north at Cahuenga Pass (at left)
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Cahuenga PassEarly Travelers In The Cahuenga Pass
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1915
Cahuenga PassLooking north at Cahuenga Pass
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1923
Cahuenga PassLooking north at Cahuenga Pass (at left)
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