Have you realized that as you are cruising around during each day that you are passing buildings or trees or houses or structures that are filled with history…some are 50+ years old, some 100+ years old….some even more advanced in age. Don’t you wish they could talk? I decided to share with a few that I came across today. They are all part of history and should be given the respect they deserve to have survived so long.
This sign indicates this road area was part of the Route 66 trail (now known as Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles). Route 66 served as a major path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and it supported the economies of the communities through which the road passed. People doing business along the route became prosperous due to the growing popularity of the highway. Next to the sign is an old neon sign that has its own history for the early 60s, a well-known donut stop in L.A.
Here’s the gates of the studio area that is today known as The Lot. The studios were built in 1920 and in 1928 they were known as the Pickford-Fairbanks Studios where classics like The Thief of Bagdad and Robin Hood were filmed. In 1933, Lucille Ball played a slave girl in her first movie, Roman Scandals. Since that time it has had actors like Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, Laurence Olivier, Eddie Murphy, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and many others stroll thru these gates to create the Hollywood magic of movies, TV and sound recordings. Sadly, a big section of this amazing walk in history is now just a pile of dirt as it makes room for space to build more technologically-updated space and creates a venue for the next generation of talent of Hollywood.
Can’t come to Hollywood without visiting the infamous Pink’s Hot Dogs. A landmark on LaBrea since 1939 when it was just a large wheeled push cart and hot dogs sold for 10 cents. It has changed a bit since the beginning days—hot dogs are now $3.45; but still in the same place and still draws crowds every day. You can go by here at 10 in the morning or 10 at night and there is ALWAYS a line waiting to partake of their scrumptious hot dogs!
A favorite of mine is the old Charlie Chaplin Studios built around 1917 when the area was nothing but acres and acres of orange groves. “The Little Tramp” kept his movie crew busy over the next two decades creating classics like Modern Times, City Lights and The Great Dictator. Now, the lot is the home of another mark in history—Jim Henson Productions, which gave us the beloved Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the other Muppets.
What an amazing conglomerate of many interesting and groundbreaking moments in history. As we look back, we wonder what life must have been like in this area in the early 1900s. Hundreds of orange trees growing everywhere. Some of the eucalyptus trees in this area look like they are even hundreds of years old. Amazing times for sure! Difficult times too! There are a lot of bungalows around these historical landmarks that were built by the studios to house the actors. Some of the places have nice patios in the back that were once areas where they kept a few horses for the actors to ride to the studios. How different in a town that now boasts it has more cars registered in the county than people.
It’s important to stop and appreciate these relics that are around us. I’m sure you have your own historical places in the town where you live. We need to take care of these special places and show them the respect they deserve for withstanding many “battles” in their lifetime.
So Monday Gets Historical.
Take time to appreciate the old structures and their beauty.
Many amazing craftsman’s art is being preserved for future generations to appreciate and experience.
Look at nature’s creations too that continue to reach to the sky.
Within walking distance, I am sure you can find many treasures.
So take a walk. See the beauty. Experience days gone by. And along the way take time to remember your own history and the “good ole days”
Hope it’s a history-appreciation Monday for you.