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Via the Daily Mail in the UK we came across some old photos of LA as it used to be, including this intersection, where this man (now dead) and his horses (also, now dead) crossed a now nonexistent stream bed presumably on his way home after a bitch of a commute through the Cahuenga Pass. Behind this location you might find yourself wandering a mile into the hills where a quarry would have been set up in 1903 to excavate rock that would be crushed for the paving of City streets. By the 1930s, this area would be very familiar to the Hollywood set, being anchored by its very own chateau. The chateau was rumored to have been built with "hush money" -- a payoff to a widow of the property owner who had accidentally been gunned down by William Randolph Hearst (the bullet was meant for Charlie Chaplin). Guesses in the comments please!
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