Sunday, September 4, 2011

Los Angeles Celebrates 230th Birthday!

On September 4, 1781, a small village in California was christened El Pueblo de la Reina de Los Angeles (The Town of the Queen of Angels). Although it is likely the village was founded several months earlier, today is the day chosen for celebration. More history of the founding of Los Angeles can be read at the LA as Subject post of September 1, 2011.

Los Angeles Plaza 1869.
Public domain image from Wikimedia Commons.
Over two centuries later, Los Angeles has grown from that tiny pueblo to become the 2nd largest city in the United States, home to over 4 million people. Many Angelenos are from families who have been here from the beginning, others have only just arrived. Some have ancestors who came during the Gold Rush, others had family migrate here during the Great Depression.

Los Angeles as seen from Grand Central Market, 2004.
Photo released into the public domain by
author and copyright holder Jon Sullivan.

Do you have ancestors who came to California? Tell us about them and join in celebrating the history of Los Angeles.

© 2011 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research

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