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Echo Park: History and Cultural Heritage

In spite of all the rush and stress new times have brought into our lives, there are still little spots where history and nostalgic feelings are still preserved. Two miles northwest from downtown Los Angeles, one of the oldest neighborhoods in town is located, Echo Park.

Echo Park is more than a century old, and on its streets, an incredible treasure of diversity and culture is hidden. The neighborhood counts on several landmarks that have great significance for inhabitants: Echo Park Lake, Elysian Park, the Victorian-era Angelino Heights and the Angelus Temple. This neighborhood began being created at the end of the 19th century but its highest point of growth was between the years of 1905 and 1935. Its peculiar geographical characteristics (rolling hill and steep bluffs) served a great deal for the location of clapboard cottages, Spanish-style bungalows and some postwar and modern houses.

Echo Park has an amazing historical importance in the city of Los Angeles, for this reason, the Echo Park Historical Society was created in order to protect and preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of the community. For this purpose, the EPHS has organized what is called “Walking Tours”, which are offered on a rotating basis during Saturdays. With these tours, Echo Park Historical Society attempts to raise awareness of the significance of the neighborhood and the landmarks it features. The tour groups are limited to 20 persons, and adults are requested to give a $5 donation. Children under 12 and the members of EPHS do not have to pay. If you are visiting Los Angeles, take your time to visit Echo Park, is an experience you will not forget.

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