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Hollywood was established in 1853, with a single adobe hut on land outside Los Angeles, California. Growing crops was so successful there that by 1870, Hollywood became a thriving agricultural community.

One of its most notable historic figures was real estate tycoon, Harvey Henderson Wilcox and his wife, Daeida, who moved to Los Angeles from Topeka, Kansas, in the 1880s. Wilcox, having lost the use of his legs from a bout with typhoid fever prior to moving out west, bought 160 acres of land west of the city, at the foothills near the Cahuenga Pass.

The town's name came from Daeida, who, while on a train trip east met a woman that described her country home in Ohio, that had been named for the Dutch settlement of Hollywood. Liking the name, Daeida christened their ranch "Hollywood," upon her return.

On February 1, 1887, Wilcox submitted a grid map of his new town to the Los Angeles County recorder's office. This was the first official document with the name "Hollywood" printed on it. The first street in town was named Prospect Avenue, but was later changed to Hollywood Boulevard, where city lots were carved out around dirt avenues and pepper trees. At one time, English holly was planted in the area, but it didn't survive in the arid climate.

By 1900, Hollywood had a population of 500, a post office, a newspaper, a hotel, and two markets. In neighboring Los Angeles, through seven miles of orange groves, the population had reached 100,000. There was a single-track streetcar line that twisted its way along Prospect Avenue, on an irregular schedule, into the city on a two-hour trip.

By 1902, the first portion of the famous Hollywood Hotel was built. A new trolley car system was installed in 1904, cutting the travel time dramatically. The system was called the "Hollywood Boulevard." Due to its ongoing struggles to maintain an adequate water supply, residents voted to have Hollywood annexed by the City of Los Angeles and its new aqueduct system.http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h3871.html

  • Last visit to Hollywood: Jul 2013
  • Intro Updated Jul 24, 2013
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Hello, Dee! Thanks for your interesting story about the famous Hollywood!)

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    Dec 31, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Lovely travel page on the Holywood. The Holywood sign is of course very famous throughout the world. We are very impressed by the Holywood bowl and nice to have picnics at the bowl. Thanks for your virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Thank you Dee for bringing back memory about the famous symbol of the American cinema of Hollywood which I was fortunate to see in July of 2012...

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    Oct 2, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Interesting to read about the early history of Hollywood. Something I didn't know anything about before.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    Wow, attending a 4th of July concert here would be fabulous. How much were tickets or was this free? It's a shame people weren't taking advantage of the free museum.

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      Aug 1, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Hi Sylvia, it was $64 for the two of us and $10 for the park and ride, which was well worth the money. Josh Groban and Los Angeles Philharmonic was fabulous. We had such a wonderful time!

    • starship's Profile Photo
      Aug 2, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      Wow, what a terrific deal!! I wouldn't mind seeing Josh Groban myself!!

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    Jul 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Very nice page. Did not know about "HollywoodlLAND"

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Nice new page on Hollywood! When I see a photo like that I always think of a certain song, namely ‘Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign’ by Dory Previn.
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