Los Angeles has an amazing history, with tons of historical anecdotes and culture to offer to travelers. Unfortunately, being the big, bustling town it is, it can be tough to navigate through all the craziness in order to be properly introduced to the history of Los Angeles, especially for first time visitors! This walking tour is a solution to this problem! Led by a local guide, we will take you on a tour which will allow you to discover the history of Los Angeles, from its mirrored development in the early 20th Century to its eventual growth of unique landmarks, which have become new destinations for all to explore. Highlights of this tour include visiting the Angels Flight Railway, Grand Central Market, Bradbury Building, Broadway Theater District and St. Vincent’s Court at the Jewelry District.
This 2 hour walking tour immediately takes you back in time to the 1901, when the Angels Flight Railway was constructed. Angels Flight Railway was originally constructed in Bunker Hill, an important neighborhood at the time. The railway would transport people up and down the hill between Hill and Olive streets. Dismantled in 1969, the Railway was refurbished in the 1990′s. While it is just a short ride on the railway, it is an integral part of the city.
Not far from Angels Flight is another important piece of history, the Grand Central Market. Ever since its opening in 1917, it has been an institution of the city. It contains a variety of stalls which sell a variety of products, including fishmongers, butchers, delis, and dry goods. What makes Grand Central Market so important to the city’s history is that it has reflected the changing population of downtown over the years through its vendors. Today, the market continues to change and evolve along with downtown Los Angeles. Stroll through the market, chat with the vendors, and embrace the local culture!
The next stop on this walking tour is the Bradbury Building, a U.S. National Historic Landmark and the oldest landmarked building in Los Angeles. Constructed in 1893 under the watchful eye of owner and millionaire Lewis Bradbury, the building is an architectural marvel. Walking through the doors of the Bradbury Building is tantamount to stepping through a portal into the past. Stand in awe as you stand in the middle of the beautiful Victorian court which rises fifty feet high. Let your eyes rest on the cage elevators, iron railing and marble stairs!
The Broadway Theater District in Los Angeles has the largest concentration of movie palaces in the United States. From 1910 to 1931, 12 movie palaces were created between Third Street and Ninth Street. It has been the hub of Los Angeles’ entertainment scene ever since and has been the reason so many actors and actresses travel to Los Angeles! Your guide will take you past historic theaters such as the Million Dollar Theater, opened in 1918, and the Orpheum Theater, opened in 1926.
The last stop on the walking tour is at St. Vincent Court at the Jewelry District, the largest jewelry complex in the world. With over 3000 jewelers in the district, you will be able to find almost any type of jewelry in the world. Led by your guide, you will navigate through this overwhelming quarter and be introduced to its heritage and history!
We look forward to guiding you!