Before its conquest by Spain, or Mexico, or the United States; before the Chinese massacre; before the genocide; sometime around 1492, by the LA River, within the Native American community of Yang-Na, a seed sprouted. The tree grew to become a landmark which the Spanish named, "El Aliso," or, "the alder." After the padres, a shipwrecked Dutchman, a Kentucky trapper, and a French barrel-maker, all utilized this terroir for the cultivation of vineyards; here was established the first commercial winery in California. The indigenous villages, citrus orchards, and lush arbors prepared the ground for a German-style brewery, a boxing arena, a mule market, an Edison Electric steam power plant, the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western U.S., an artist colony, a gym for indoor rock-climbing… everything connects back to the verdant, ancient roots of the city of Los Angeles.
Yosemite California, by Carleton Emmons Watkins, Circa 1878
“President Teddy Roosevelt visited California’s Yosemite Valley in 1903… artist Carleton Emmons Watkins was there 25 years earlier, in 1878.”
-Images courtesy of Getty Images, Heritage Art / Heritage Images, by Carleton Emmons Watkins, circa 1878. (top) “President Teddy Roosevelt visits Yosemite Valley, 1903,” by Foldweg, /r/Colorization, Reddit, 2017
Roger Sherman, also of Connecticut, was known to have given one of the shortest speeches in history at a bridge dedication ceremony when he said, "I think it will hold up all right," while testing the strength of the bridge with one foot.
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