Angeles, an Illustrated History by Bruce Henstell.
Knopf; ASIN: 0394509412; (November 1980)
Another great collection of
historic photos of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth
(Creating the North American Landscape) by Blake
Gumprecht. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; ISBN: 0801860474; (June
Angeles Then and Now by Rosemary Lord. Thunder Bay
Press; ISBN: 1571457941; (July 2002)
A collection of historic
photographs, contrasted with equivalent photographs
Los Angeles: Planning the Twentieth-Century Metropolis
(Creating the North American Landscape) by Greg Hise.
Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; ISBN: 0801862558; (September 1999)
A look at urban planning, in
particular, the construction of planned communities.
Includes information on the development of Leimert Park,
Westechester, and Panorama City.
St. to Malibu: Yesterday & Today by F. Basten.
Graphics Pr; ASIN: 0937536008; (October 1980)
Probably out of print. A collection
of vintage photographs of Los Angeles, which are
compared with contemporary photographs taken from the
Dreams: Southern California Through the 1920's by
Kevin Starr Oxford Univ Pr on Demand; ISBN: 019507260X;
Reprint edition (October 1991)
in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s by Tom Sitton
(Editor), William Francis Deverell (Editor). University of
California Press; ISBN: 0520226275; (August 6, 2001)
I just picked this up at the
bookstore at the Gene Autry Museum. It has a nice
chapter on the construction of Mulholland Highway, as
well as a chapter on the construction of Forest Lawn.
Missions of California by Melba Levick, Stanley Young,
Sally B. Woodbridge. Chronicle Books; ISBN: 0811819388; Rev
update edition (June 1998)
Mojave: A Portrait of the Definitive American Desert
by David Darlington. Henry Holt (Paper); ISBN: 0805055940;
Reprint edition (November 1997)
- Old Town, New Town: A Community History by Mary
Alice Rail Boyce. Rosemar Pub; ASIN: 0964863405; (October
The history of Murrieta, including
the history of Murrieta Hot Springs (which I remember
visiting as a boy). Murrieta was on old US 395.
The California Emigrant Trail of 1841-1870 by Greg
MacGregor, and Walter Truett Anderson (Introduction).
University of New Mexico Press; ASIN: 0826317049; (June
Electric and the Growth of the San Fernando Valley by
David Coscia. Shade Tree Books, Bellflower, CA; ISBN-10:
1578647355; (December 2011)
Astride The Freeway (The Development of Good Automobile
Roads) by Frank Ensoc Moor. Moore Historical
Foundation. ISBN 0-914167-07-3. 1995. (Out of Print)
Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los
Angeles by William B. Fulton. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr;
ISBN: 0801865069; Reprint edition (August 2001)
in the Desert by Margaret Leslie Davis, Kevin Starr.
Olmstead Press; ISBN: 1587541076; (May 1, 2001)
Francisco Then and Now by Bill Yenne. Thunder Bay
Press; ISBN: 1571451560; (October 1998)
Fernando Valley: Then and Now by Jake Klein. Gibbs
Smith (September 2003). ISBN: 1586852299
A nice collection of old and new
pictures of the valley. Includes one photo of early US
San Fernando Valley: America's Suburb by Kevin
Roderick. Los Angeles Times; ISBN: 188379255X; (August 1,
A nice summary of the history of
the San Fernando Valley. Includes some information on
early Sepulveda Bl and Sherman Way, and some nice
pictures of freeways under construction.
Monica Bay: The First 100 Years by Fred E. Basten.
Douglas West Publishers; ASIN: 0913264172; (November 1974)
The history of Santa Monica, with
lots of Historic Photographs.
Monica Bay: Paradise by the Sea: A Pictorial History of
Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Ocean Part, Pacific
Palisades, Topanga & Malibu by Fred E. Basten,
Carolyn See (Introduction). Hennessey & Ingalls; ISBN:
0940512300; (May 2001)
California: An Island on the Land by Carey McWilliams.
Gibbs Smith Publisher; ISBN: 0879050071; 9th edition (August
A classic book on the unique entity
that is Southern California
California in the '50s: Sun, Fun and Fantasy by
Charles Phoenix. Angel City Pr; ; 1st edition (September
2001). ISBN 1883318491
A visual story of Los Angeles in
its innocent days, the 50ths, when even the swimming
pools had fins, and Googie architecture was everywhere.
Remember the toasters at Ships?
Railways and the Growth of Los Angeles: Horse, Cable,
Electric Lines by Robert C. Post. Golden West Books;
ASIN: 0870951041; (November 1989)
Explores how the development of
street railroads affected the development of the city of
and Wealth: Los Angeles in the Twenties and the Thirties
by Bruce Henstell. Chronicle Books; ASIN: 087701275X;
Explores the image of Los Angeles
as presented through Orange Crate labels.
and the Shaping of California: A Literary, Political, and
Technological Perspective on the Power of Water by Sue
McClurg, Kevin Starr. Heyday Books; ISBN: 1890771333; 1st
edition (July 2000)
Water Seekers by Remi A. Nadeau. Crest Pub; ISBN:
0962710458; 4th edition (July 1997)
the Road Begins: The Saga of Big Sur's Pioneer Families
by Peter Gray Scott. Central Coast Books; ISBN: 0615451470;
1st edition (March 3, 2011)
A summary of the development of Big
Sur. You can find a review here.
Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles by Catherine
Mulholland. University of California Press; ISBN:
0520217241; (August 22, 2000)
I recently picked up a copy of
this, and it was a wonderful read. It gives one a
tremendous insight into the home-grown engineering skill
of Mr. Mulholland, as well as the political battles
involved in creating the 1st Los Angeles
Aqueduct. It also blows apart the conspiracy theory
about the Owens Valley. I also like the quote of
Mulholland: "I can deal with the shit; it's the farts
that wear me down".