Combining a blend of historic photographs from the Seaver Center for Western History Research along with contemporary images, the following video is an homage to our everyday street names in Los Angeles and the people behind them.
There are many poignant stories about those pictured in the video, more than the short video can express - among images of families, couples, and single men in the once dusty, remote city. Further below is a description guide to the people portraits in the video.
Music credit to the song "Time and Space," goes to Darryl Holter, singer, songwriter, and historian.
Apologies that the video resolution is poor on the big screen! BlogSpot can only handle a small video file.
A Guide to the People Portraits From the Video
Maria Jesus Guirado was a Californio. She died tragically in a train crash in the Tehachapi Mountains in 1883 after married for 31 years.
about Pico and also the mothers of Pico.
L.A. Convention Center blog post.
Lieutenant Edward Otho Cresap Ord gave the city its first American land survey. Ord Street was named for him in 1890. Read more here.
New Mexican Julian Chavez settled in the hills later known as Quarry Hills and Elysian Hills. Chavez was a member of the newly formed L.A. County Board of Supervisors in 1852.
Macy Street neighborhood blog post.
Read more here.
At first glance one might guess the photo above to be of a father and child. The man was Romulo Pico, son of Andres Pico (and nephew to Pio Pico). The girl was Catalina (or Catarina), a ward of Andres Pico, and later was married to Romulo.
Spring Street was named.
this blog post.