At Our Leisure: A Photograph of Echo Rock at Mt. Wilson, ca. 1910

by Paul R. Spitzzeri For roughly four decades, during the "Great Hiking Era" of the 1890s to the 1930s, the San Gabriel Mountains were a highly popular place for outdoor activity of many kinds: camping, fishing, resort stays and visits and, especially, hiking.  Documenting much of this activity with hundreds of published photographs, usually in... Continue Reading →

At Our Leisure: A Tent Cabin in the San Gabriel Mountains, March 1910

by Paul R. Spitzzeri From about the late 1880s, when a massive growth boom engulfed greater Los Angeles, and for decades afterward, our local mountains, including the San Gabriel range, were heavily used for hiking, hunting, fishing and camping during what is often called "The Great Hiking Era," when outdoor activity flourished in America broadly.... Continue Reading →

At Our Leisure at the Selig/Luna Park Zoo, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, 1920s

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Small collections of animals available for public viewing can be found in Los Angeles back to the late nineteenth century, including the 35-acre Washington Gardens, between Grand Avenue and Main Street (west and east) and Washington Boulevard and 21st Street (north and south) and one in Eastlake Park that lasted from... Continue Reading →

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