Dodger Stadium, the Capitol Records Building, Redondo Beach. These are just a few of the legendary attractions that everybody knows about in Los Angeles, but we’re willing to bet there’s a lot about the City of Angels that you didn’t know! Here are five things you may not know about Los Angeles:
Thomas Edison: The Father of Hollywood?
Well, not directly, but he did have a big hand in the reason for it. The great inventor Thomas Edison held hundreds of patents during his life, including patents over many of the technologies that were needed to create movies. In order to escape Edison and his Motion Picture Patent Company in New Jersey, many filmmakers “fled” to California where judges were less stringent on enforcing the patents and it was difficult for lawmakers to enforce the laws cross-country. Thus, Hollywood was born and became the premier location of the motion picture industry!
Beverly Hills Wasn’t Always a Destination of the Stars
Today Beverly Hills stands as an area of Los Angeles for the truly elite, but did you know this wasn’t always the case? In fact, in the late 19th century, Beverly Hills’ roots lied in the ground, as the land was used primarily for farming lima beans! It wasn’t until Thomas Edison forced the motion picture company to California that it begun its transformation into the glitz and glamour you see today.
The Hollywood sign is one of the most recognizable American landmarks in the entire world, but like most things in Los Angeles, its origins were quite different! In fact, the sign itself used to read Hollywoodland, as a way to advertise the name of a new segregated housing development in the Hollywood district in the early 1920’s. The sign was initially designed to only stand for approximately 18 months and so it quickly suffered damage and deteriorated, and it wasn’t until a campaign in the late 1970’s by none other than Hugh Hefner where the sign was rebuilt and became the iconic symbol it is today.
The Melting Pot of the West Coast
One of the greatest things about Los Angeles is that it is a true blend of cultures and people unlike anywhere else in the United States. Did you know that only 40% of the people who live in Los Angeles speak English as a primary language? The people of LA are diverse and speak Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and much more! It is truly the melting pot of the West Coast!
Los Angeles Wasn’t Always the Name
It’s not uncommon for cities to change their names in their history, but to say the original name of Los Angeles was a mouthful would be an understatement! The original name for Los Angeles was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles sobre El Río Porciúncula,” or The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on the Portiuncula River; we think they made the right choice in shortening the name!
These are just a few of the things you may not have known about Los Angeles, and so we invite you to come stop by our city and learn even more about what makes it so incredible! And when you do, make sure to contact Luxury Rental Group. We can provide you with an amazing rental property here in the LA area that will truly make your next vacation unforgettable.