Scenery Changes, and Smog, Give Portola’s ‘Ghost’ Surprise, 1948

"Up Aliso St. by the forgotten spot where the giant sycamores of the Vignes Ranch once flourished the party proceeded past gas plants, iron foundries, laundries, junk yards and the Union Station. People of 50 different races... gazed at the strange little group in its boots, tunics and feathered hats, carrying the red and yellow standard of imperial Spain."

Can the L.A. River Be Saved? by Mike Davis, 1989

"Lewis Macadams points toward the ancient smokestack of the Edison Electric Plant. Thick grids of trackage, classification and storage yards, lumber and produce depots, breweries, foundries, and slum housing. Sixty thousand blue-collar workers and their families were crowded in the stretch of downtown between the river and Alameda Street from Elysian Park to Washington Boulevard."

Art in Los Angeles Before 1900, by Henry Winfred Splitter

"Painters were sometimes, even at this early date, employed in the field of technical and advertising art. As evidence we have the description of a 'handsome oil painting' representing the Sainsevain Bros, wine processes in 1860, with laborers at work bringing in grapes, operating the presses, and coopering barrels. Over the whole busy scene as unifying motif spread the mammoth Old Aliso or sycamore, a local landmark near the Los Angeles river, which great tree also gave name to the Sainsevain vineyard nearby. This picture was being exhibited at the San Francisco Mechanics’ Fair in September, 1860, with samples of Sainsevain’s wines."

LOS ANGELES WHEN IT WAS “THE CITY OF VINES,” By Mrs. A. S. C. Forbes

"In 1829 or 1830, Jean Luis Vignes, a native of Bordeaux, France, came to Los Angeles to make his home. He secured 104 acres of land facing the present Aliso Street and extending to the river, and that he planted a vineyard. He named his place 'El Aliso,' from the stately old alder tree that graced the lot and shaded his wine cellars. This tree has been called a sycamore, but as the Spanish word for alder is aliso, and the Spanish word for sycamore is sicomoro, it would seem that the tree was an alder."

FOUNDING OF THE PUEBLO DE LOS ANGELES, by James Miller Guinn

"The site selected for the pueblo of Los Angeles was picturesque and romantic. From where Alameda street now is to the eastern bank of the river the land was covered with a dense growth of willows, cottonwoods and alders; while here and there, rising above the swampy copse, towered a giant aliso (sycamore). Wild grape vines festooned the branches of the trees and wild roses bloomed in profusion. Behind the narrow shelf of mesa land where the pueblo was located rose the brown hills, and in the distance towered the lofty Sierra Madre Mountains."