Angeles, an Illustrated History by Bruce Henstell. Knopf;
ASIN: 0394509412; (November 1980)
Another great collection of historic
photos of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles River: Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth
(Creating the North American Landscape) by Blake Gumprecht.
Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; ISBN: 0801860474; (June 1999)
Angeles Then and Now by Rosemary Lord. Thunder Bay Press;
ISBN: 1571457941; (July 2002)
A collection of historic photographs,
contrasted with equivalent photographs taken today.
Los Angeles: Planning the Twentieth-Century Metropolis
(Creating the North American Landscape) by Greg Hise. Johns
Hopkins Univ Pr; ISBN: 0801862558; (September 1999)
A look at urban planning, in
particular, the construction of planned communities. Includes
information on the development of Leimert Park, Westechester,
and Panorama City.
St. to Malibu: Yesterday & Today by F. Basten. Graphics
Pr; ASIN: 0937536008; (October 1980)
Probably out of print. A collection of
vintage photographs of Los Angeles, which are compared with
contemporary photographs taken from the same location.
Dreams: Southern California Through the 1920's by Kevin
Starr Oxford Univ Pr on Demand; ISBN: 019507260X; Reprint
edition (October 1991)
in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s by Tom Sitton
(Editor), William Francis Deverell (Editor). University of
California Press; ISBN: 0520226275; (August 6, 2001)
I just picked this up at the bookstore
at the Gene Autry Museum. It has a nice chapter on the
construction of Mulholland Highway, as well as a chapter on the
construction of Forest Lawn.
Missions of California by Melba Levick, Stanley Young,
Sally B. Woodbridge. Chronicle Books; ISBN: 0811819388; Rev
update edition (June 1998)
Mojave: A Portrait of the Definitive American Desert by
David Darlington. Henry Holt (Paper); ISBN: 0805055940; Reprint
edition (November 1997)
- Old Town, New Town: A Community History by Mary Alice
Rail Boyce. Rosemar Pub; ASIN: 0964863405; (October 1995)
The history of Murrieta, including the
history of Murrieta Hot Springs (which I remember visiting as a
boy). Murrieta was on old US 395.
The California Emigrant Trail of 1841-1870 by Greg
MacGregor, and Walter Truett Anderson (Introduction).
University of New Mexico Press; ASIN: 0826317049; (June
Electric and the Growth of the San Fernando Valley by David
Coscia. Shade Tree Books, Bellflower, CA; ISBN-10: 1578647355;
Astride The Freeway (The Development of Good Automobile
Roads) by Frank Ensoc Moor. Moore Historical Foundation.
ISBN 0-914167-07-3. 1995. (Out of Print)
Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los
Angeles by William B. Fulton. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; ISBN:
0801865069; Reprint edition (August 2001)
in the Desert by Margaret Leslie Davis, Kevin Starr.
Olmstead Press; ISBN: 1587541076; (May 1, 2001)
Francisco Then and Now by Bill Yenne. Thunder Bay Press;
ISBN: 1571451560; (October 1998)
Fernando Valley: Then and Now by Jake Klein. Gibbs Smith
(September 2003). ISBN: 1586852299
A nice collection of old and new
pictures of the valley. Includes one photo of early US
San Fernando Valley: America's Suburb by Kevin Roderick.
Los Angeles Times; ISBN: 188379255X; (August 1, 2001)
A nice summary of the history of the
San Fernando Valley. Includes some information on early
Sepulveda Bl and Sherman Way, and some nice pictures of
freeways under construction.
Monica Bay: The First 100 Years by Fred E. Basten. Douglas
West Publishers; ASIN: 0913264172; (November 1974)
The history of Santa Monica, with lots
of Historic Photographs.
Monica Bay: Paradise by the Sea: A Pictorial History of Santa
Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Ocean Part, Pacific Palisades,
Topanga & Malibu by Fred E. Basten, Carolyn See
(Introduction). Hennessey & Ingalls; ISBN: 0940512300; (May
California: An Island on the Land by Carey McWilliams.
Gibbs Smith Publisher; ISBN: 0879050071; 9th edition (August
A classic book on the unique entity
that is Southern California
California in the '50s: Sun, Fun and Fantasy by Charles
Phoenix. Angel City Pr; ; 1st edition (September 2001). ISBN
A visual story of Los Angeles in its
innocent days, the 50ths, when even the swimming pools had
fins, and Googie architecture was everywhere. Remember the
toasters at Ships?
Railways and the Growth of Los Angeles: Horse, Cable, Electric
Lines by Robert C. Post. Golden West Books; ASIN:
0870951041; (November 1989)
Explores how the development of street
railroads affected the development of the city of Los
and Wealth: Los Angeles in the Twenties and the Thirties by
Bruce Henstell. Chronicle Books; ASIN: 087701275X; (October
Explores the image of Los Angeles as
presented through Orange Crate labels.
and the Shaping of California: A Literary, Political, and
Technological Perspective on the Power of Water by Sue
McClurg, Kevin Starr. Heyday Books; ISBN: 1890771333; 1st
edition (July 2000)
Water Seekers by Remi A. Nadeau. Crest Pub; ISBN:
0962710458; 4th edition (July 1997)
the Road Begins: The Saga of Big Sur's Pioneer Families by
Peter Gray Scott. Central Coast Books; ISBN: 0615451470; 1st
edition (March 3, 2011)
A summary of the development of Big Sur.
You can find a review here.
Mulholland and the Rise of Los Angeles by Catherine
Mulholland. University of California Press; ISBN: 0520217241;
(August 22, 2000)
I recently picked up a copy of this,
and it was a wonderful read. It gives one a tremendous insight
into the home-grown engineering skill of Mr. Mulholland, as
well as the political battles involved in creating the
1st Los Angeles Aqueduct. It also blows apart the
conspiracy theory about the Owens Valley. I also like the quote
of Mulholland: "I can deal with the shit; it's the farts that
wear me down".