Interesting Facts about Los Angeles, CA
Every town has its little corks that make it stand out. Besides being a playground for the stars, LA is home to 4 million people and has a long history. There are probably a thousand little things that residents don’t know about their town, but here at SaveOnPaving.com we have just a few interesting facts to start.
Los Angeles, CA Was First Named ‘El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles del Río de Porciuncula’:
Back when this city was founded the founder named it this, which translates to ‘The town of our Lady Queen of the Angels of the Porciuncula River’. The name was obviously a mouth-full, so the locals shortened it to just Los Angeles after a while.
There Are More Cars in LA Than There Are People:
If you ever wondered why LA traffic was so bad, it’s because there are more cars than people. Which could also explain the parking problem.
The Hollywood Sign Read ‘Hollywoodland’ From 1923-1949:
The Hollywood sign was established as an advertisement for a real estate company of the same name. But because the sign had so much recognition, it was left up and is now a landmark for the Los Angeles, CA area showcased in movies, magazines and TV shows alike.
The Film Industry Ended Up in LA Because of Thomas Edison:
Thomas Edison, a resident of New Jersey, had so many patents on filming equipment, that filmmakers fled as far away as possible to avoid getting sued for using his intellectual properties. This is the only reason films are made in Los Angeles.
Eldred Street in LA is The Steepest Road in California:
With a 33% elevation grade, this road in Highland Park is the steepest in California. So, if you’re planning to drive on it make sure your breaks work and that your car is in tip-top shape.
There Are Tunnels Hidden Under LA:
There are 11 miles worth of tunnels underneath LA that have been used for everything including smuggling alcohol to speakeasies in the 1930’s, transporting prisoners, money, and even bodies. However, due to safety concerns, most of the tunnels have already been closed. But rumor has it that there are still some openings to the tunnel around the city.
LA is home to people from over 140 different countries and 224 different languages:
This area is a multicultural hub of people from all over the world, some arriving centuries ago, others who are just arriving now. No matter the reason for their arrival, their presence is what makes LA the diverse and culturally rich area that it is today.
The Getty Museum in CA employs a goat:
During springtime when lawn maintenance is needed for the Getty Museum grounds. Instead of hiring a lawn care service to trim some shrubbery. The Museum hires a goat to keep the grounds from overgrowing. This way might be more ecologically safe, and it does provide goat owners with a seasonal job, and keeps the goat fed, so everyone wins.
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