On September 4, 1781, 11 families escorted by 4 soldiers and their families, traveled 9 miles from The San Gabriel Mission and founded a little pueblo on what is now known as Olvera Street. 230 years later, that little pueblo has grown into an enormous metropolis that millions today call home: Los Angeles.
This weekend, the Los Angeles Heritage Alliance will kick-off a year-long celebration across the Southern California region to commemorate the founding of the city of Los Angeles. LA230 will feature over 200 events hosted throughout the year by various members of the L.A. Heritage Alliance. On Saturday, September 3, members of the Los Pobladores 200 will re-enact the historic walk starting at 6:00AM from The Mission San Gabriel Arcangel and arriving to L.A's birthplace at Olvera Street at approximately 9:15AM. Olvera Street will also hold a celebration on Sunday, September 4 at 10AM with cake!
With over 200 participating organizations, the L.A. Heritage Alliance works to support the efforts of those groups whose mission is the preservation, study and sharing of the rich history of the Los Angeles region.
LA230 celebrates Los Angeles' historical figures, moments in time, sites, movements, and events range from lectures to exhibits to conversations. Events will be added over the next 12 months, and can be found at the L.A. Heritage Alliance Heritage Portal, a partnership with ExperienceLA.com. Users can search for the keyword "LA230."
Some things get better with age. Happy birthday, Los Angeles!
(Photo by 'simonela' from ExperienceLA Flickr)