Little Known Facts About Los Angeles, California

Welcome to the city! Although you’ve spent a great amount of time learning as much information about Los Angeles as possible, here are a few fun facts that you probably didn’t learn during your research. Los Angeles is an amazing place to live, work, and play. You’ll feel welcomed once you acclimate to the way things are done here. You can ease the stress of relocating with Suddath Los Angeles local movers smooth, secure, professional moving services. Without further ado, here’s a look at a few fun facts about L.A., your new hometown.

It’s a Party

Los Angeles hosts star-studded, lavish parties on the daily, but none are quite as impressive as the monthly public star parties put together by Griffith Laboratory, the Planetary Society, L.A. Astronomical Society, and the L.A. Sidewalk Astronomers. On a Saturday at 2 p.m., party-goers gather to see the stars through the Zeiss refracting telescope. The views include the Milky Way, Saturn’s rings, the sun’s flares, Jupiter’s storm, and anything else that happens around along the way.

Hugh Heffner’s Hollywood Sign

The erection of the famous Hollywood sign came about on Mount Lee in 1923. It features more than 4,000 flashing bulbs. The Great Depression ceased construction on the project, which was slated to stand for only one year. For years, the sign rusted and deteriorated, with the “H” even hanging off the mountain. A 1978 prank changed the sign to read ‘Hollyweed.’ In August 1978, Hgh Huffner led a fundraiser to gather the $250,000 needed to restore the sign. He succeeded and the sign is now an iconic part of the city.

A City Under the City

Underground Los Angeles lies 11 miles of tunnels. The tunnels have been used to transport prisoners, bodies, move money and drugs, and for who knows what other purposes? After 9/11, most of the tunnels were secured so pedestrians could no longer freely go about them, but the tunnels still remain even today.

Straight Outta Compton

No, we’re not talking about NWA rapper Eazy-E who we all know hails from Compton, but instead the former President and First Lady George and Barbara Bush. Yes, the couple resided just outside of LA on Santa Fe Avenue in Compton in 1949. The couple raised little George W. in the home for six-months before relocating. Albeit, Compton in 1949 wasn’t the same as the city we know now. Who would have ever thought?

The Original Name

El Pueblo Sobre el Río de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula. Try saying that in a quick breath! And yes, this was the original name given to the city we now know as Los Angeles. It was recorded on record in 1781, a time when the city had a total of 11 families and only 44 residents. Good thing the name changes to something shorter and easier to pronounce!