Viewed west from the plaza, across Main Street, is Our Lady Queen of the Angels church in a 1913 colorized post card. From 1856 to 1876 it was diocese’s Cathedral and home to the local Bishop.
Kiosko in middle of historic plaza, surrounded by Morton Bay fig trees planted in 1876. To the right of the Kiosko is the Pico House, the city’s first three-story building with the top of Los Angeles City Hall in the background.
Plaque with individual names of the multi-racial eleven families who settled Los Angeles in 1781 are pointed out to students by Angelitas docent.
Plaza in 1857 looking east with city’s brick water storage tank in center; Our Lady Queen of the Angels, the city’s oldest church, is in the lower right facing Main Street
Visitors gather in front of Las Angelitas del Pueblo office for beginning of free tour, which Angelitas volunteer docents have offered for more than 50 years.

logoEl Pueblo Park Association supports El Pueblo de Los Ángeles, the historic center of one of the oldest cities in the United States – the modern City of Los Angeles. Founded by the Spanish in 1781 as General George Washington led American rebels against the British, Los Angeles pre-dates his presidency by eight years and the Louisiana Purchase by 22 years.

Surrounding the historic plaza are the city’s first graveyard and 20 contributing historic structures, including the city’s oldest church and house, multiple museums and exhibit halls,plus Olvera Street, the world famous Mexican marketplace..

To preserve this unique landmark and the educational opportunities it offers, the El Pueblo Park Association (EPPA) sponsors public education events and contributes funds to ensure that artifacts are preserved and displayed, Recent projects have included restoring noted children’s artist Leo Politi’s Blessing of the Animals mural, extending the life of the plaza’s four Morton Bay fig trees planted in 1876, repairing educational displays and protective covers of the América Tropical Interpretive Center, sponsoring a wine seminar at the Avila Adobe, the oldest house in the city, featuring wine made from the original mission grapes that overhang the adobe’s courtyard, annual recognition for the volunteer docents who conduct free tours of El Pueblo and historic exhibits and art shows..

El Pueblo Park Association is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Public Charity tax ID # 95-3842289.
Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Greetings from EPPA

“El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is near the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo or town where forty-four settlers of Native Americans, African and European heritage journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in September 1781.  Since that time, Los Angeles has been under the flags of Spain Mexico and the United States and has grown into one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas.  Today as a department of the City of Los Angeles, El Pueblo is a living museum that continues to fulfill its unique role as the historic and symbolic heart of the city, reflecting the Native American, African American, Spanish, Anglo, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and French cultures that contributed to its early history.  Of the monument’s twenty-seven historic buildings, eleven are open to the public as businesses or have been restored as museums.”

– From El Pueblo de Los Angeles website

 

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