Los Angeles from the Mountains to the Sea: With Selected Biography of Actors and Witnesses to the Period of Growth and Achievement, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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American Historical Society, 1921 - Los Angeles (Calif.)
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I have read selections from this wonderful accounting of early Los Angeles and of the many contributions of those who established and contributed to its growth and history.
Some of them , my
ancestors on my mother's side and others were and are still significant in the history of California generally.
I hope to acquire more information by purchasing an edition of this.
 

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