Los Angeles we are finally ready for you!
Please join us for the long-awaited Grand Opening of Los Angeles State Historic Park.
We are planning a day-long celebration of music, performance, family-friendly activities and food trucks.
The park is easily accessible by the Chinatown Gold Line Station or by bicycle. Limited parking in the park.
Music Performers to be announced shortly.
More details to follow as the date approaches. Please help us spread the word!
Beginning to Uncover the Past
Visitors to Los Angeles State Historic Park (LASHP) often wonder what exactly makes our park historical. This is due to the fact that most of our material history is underground. This past week, State Park archaeologists have been at LASHP uncovering some of that history.
The Dig Begins
In 1875, the Southern Pacific Railroad made its way into what is now downtown Los Angeles, connecting the city to the transcontinental railroad in the north. The property chosen for the new passenger depot and yard was located in what is now the middle section of the park and was considered far from the existing town center at the time. 4 years later, in 1879, passenger traffic had increased to the extent that a hotel was constructed next to the depot, offering weary travelers a respite with a “parlor sitting room” and restaurant serving quick “25 minute meals.”
The Entrance of the Hotel
This past week State archaeologists uncovered the foundation of the hotel and what was once the ice house for the rail yard. Based on their current excavation, we now know that the ice house walls went much further down than originally thought. It appears the ice was kept cool below ground in something much like a basement. They also located what they believe to be a hotel water closet, based on terra cotta and metal piping that was found.
Here are a few photos documenting the dig and illustrating how the layers of history within our park continue to reveal hidden stories about the park and the city’s past.
Foundations of Rooms at the Hotel
The Ice House