What Hollywood Once Looked Like

What Hollywood Once Looked Like 1880s-1910
February 07, 2013

Fairfax and Sunset, 1901

Franklin Avenue Bridge near Bronson Ave. , 1904

Future site of Hollywood High School, 1901

Future site of Melrose and Normandie, 1906

Gower and Beachwood from Krotona Hill, 1899

Hammel and Denker Ranch, 1900

Highland Avenue north of Hollywood Boulevard, 1906

Hollywood and Cahuenga Blvds, 1901

Hollywood taken from Laughlin Park at Franklin and Western Avenues, 1909

Hollywood, seen from Whitley Heights c.1905

Hollywood’s first grocery store, established in the 1890s on the northwest corner of Sunset and Cahuenga, 1903

Krotona Hill, located near Gower and Beachwood Drive, 1880

Laurel Canyon, 1898

Looking north toward the later Vermont Ave. and Los Feliz Blvd. area from Olive Hill, 1896

Looking southeast from Laughlin Park at Franklin and Western Avenues, 1902

Lookout Inn, south from Lookout Mountain in Hollywood, 1916

Melrose Avenue, at Western Avenue, c.1910

Olive Hill, c.1900

Olive Hill, c.1900

Panoramic view of Hollywood, 1900

Pineapple plantation, northeast corner of Gower and Franklin, c. 1880

Santa Monica Blvd. at Western looking west, 1902

Summit of Cahuenga Pass, 1882

Sunset Boulevard, 1905

Sunset Boulevard, just west of Western Ave, looking north. In the foreground is a woman selling melons from a table, 1896

Sunset Boulevard, Looking west from Wilcox near Edgemont, 1883

Vine Street headed north into the hills from Hollywood Boulevard, 1903

West Hollywood, seen from Harper Ranch, 1900

Western Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, below Sunset, 1905

Wilcox Ave. from south of Hollywood Blvd, c.1890

East on Sunset Boulevard from Fairfax Avenue, 1902

Sources: Los Angeles Public Library / USC Libraries / California Historical Society

  • Marie

    I enjoy looking at these pictures ,I remember 70 years ago ,not to much traffic and all the Orange Orchards for miles and mile and the blossoms were heaven .

  • Diana Smock Gosliga

    for more pretty before, than after

  • S.Foray

    I like the old Hollywood pix .

  • Puma G

    I was born & raised and still live in Hollywood. And Wilcox is nowhere near Edgemont as it says. I grew up on Alexandria which is the ”East Hollywood” 2 blocks from me was is Edgemont on the east side … Wilcox is the tourist part of Hollywood not anything like where Edgemont is, if anything Wilcox it’s closer to Western where it becomes East Hollywood as you can see in the pic :)

  • Mr. Hand

    Excellent collection of historic locations, of how how they looked way back then compared to now, Thanks for sharing.