Westside Chronicles: Historic Stories of West Los Angeles

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Los Angeles sprawled westward toward the sand and sea of Santa Monica Bay throughout the twentieth century as land-grant ranchos gave way to capitalists and promoters. Developers subdivided the coastal land into neighborhoods and communities: Santa Monica, Brentwood, Bel-Air, Westwood, Venice, Ocean Park, Pacific Palisades, Malibu and Marina del Rey. These became places known to the nation at large for movie stars, moguls and business tycoons; for Will Rogers, Henry Huntington and UCLA; and for estate homes, amusement piers and surfing beaches. Join Jan Loomis, a former West L.A. magazine publisher and historian, as she tells the stories behind how it all came to be West Los Angeles.
ISBN: 9781609496234
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 75
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
A fascination with old photographic images led Jan Loomis to her interest in the development of West Los Angeles. The photographs were part of the records of the Santa Monica Land & Water Company (SML&WCo). Her career has included stints as an editor and publisher of magazines and newsletters. She has also developed numerous electronic information sites for both publishers and dot-com companies. Loomis has published many articles about local Los Angeles history and about electronic content. She is also a frequent speaker at historical associations and library groups in West Los Angeles. On a personal note, she has been married to her husband, Bob Loomis, who is related to most of the people mentioned in this book, for almost fifty years and has five grandchildren whom she hopes will eventually come to know where their ancestors lived and worked through her writing.
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