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A small cache with log and room for small trade items in the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument.
Los Angeles started out as a small farming town in an area inhabited by friendly Native American Indians. Under the orders of King Carlos III of Spain, a "pueblo" was founded in 1781 to grow food for the soldiers guarding this far-off territory of Spain.
As the town grew and prospered, retired soldiers were given large portions of land on which to graze their cattle. In 1821 Mexico declared her independence from Spain and successive governors of Alta California gave additional land grants to other settlers including new arrivals from Europe and the east coast of America who liked the climate and the life here. They joined the Californios in becoming ranchers, merchants and winemakers.
In 1846 the Mexican American War began and the United States troops took Los Angeles the following year. At first the town retained its customs and traditions but gradually, as the population grew, the professional heart of the city moved southwards. The plaza area then saw many changes. The old landowners who had owned houses around the plaza moved away, new buildings were constructed and the area gradually changed to light industrial and business use. These changes brought in new settlers and the east side of the Plaza became the heart of the city's first Chinatown. French and Italian settlers also arrived in large numbers. All this activity could not prevent the gradual decline of the former pueblo area, which, soon after the turn of the century, turned into a slum.
Thanks to the efforts of a determined woman, Christine Sterling, who recognized the value of the old historic buildings and who cherished the Spanish and Mexican heritage of the City, the Avila Adobe (the city's oldest landmark), was rescued from demolition and became the focal point of Olvera Street which began a new life as a colorful Mexican market place in 1930.
In 1953 a strong effort to preserve the area resulted in the creation of a state historic park. The State of California and the County and City of Los Angeles joined together to purchase the buildings and sites around the plaza. Many years later, recognizing that it is hard for governmental agencies to operate jointly a state historic park in the heart of the city, in 1989 an act was passed turning the Park over to the City of Los Angeles. Now the Monument, as it is called, is a run by the City of Los Angeles.
This cache will take you to the south end of the monument, Take time to visit the church, Museums and other public works of art that must people rush pass on their way to Olvera Street.
MUSEUMS AND HISTORIC EXHIBITS
Of the Monument’s twenty-seven historic buildings, four are restored as museums. Take a walk through time and see a greater range of architectural styles than can be found anywhere else in Los Angeles from an Adobe dwelling of 1818 to a Spanish style church of 1926.
Admission to the museum is FREE. The museum hours are: Avila Adobe: 9 am. to 5: pm daily except during the winter (10 am to 4 pm)Sepulveda House:10 am to 3 pm Monday to Saturday Fire House Museum:10 am to 3 pm Tuesday to Sunday Masonic Hall:10 am to 3 pm Tuesday to Friday,
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum