Some of the more than 150 graphics in the book.
The Los Angeles Improvement Association is very proud of its latest book offering, “Los Feliz: An Illustrated Early History” by Donald Seligman. This book attempts to supplement our previous books by concentrating on the earlier history of Los Feliz, from prehistory to 1940, illustrated by an expanded collection of historic photographs and other graphic material. It is the first book to address the early history of the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles which predates even the city’s own founding in 1781.
Los Feliz was home to a major Native American settlement before Jose Vicente Feliz brought his family to the Los Angeles basin in the first expedition to bring secular settlers to California in 1776. Over the next 20 years, Feliz had the major responsibility for establishing the new pueblo of Los Angeles and was rewarded for his efforts as the governor’s Comisionado with the Rancho Los Feliz granted to him by Spanish King Carlos III around 1800.
Author Don Seligman
The story of the Rancho which eventually became the Los Feliz and Griffith Park neighborhoods spans over 200 years and it is filled with fascinating personalities like the colorful early Los Angeles politician Antonio Coronel, the larger-than-life entrepreneur and philanthropist Griffith J. Griffith, and movie moguls Cecil B. DeMille, D. W. Griffith, and Walt Disney. The book begins with the area’s prehistory and ends in 1940.Author Donald Seligman is a local amateur historian, as well as a LFIA Boardmember, whose family first arrived in Los Angeles more than 100 years ago. This hardbound all-color text is embellished by more than 150 historic drawings, maps and photographs. It is is a treasure for anyone who has an interest in early Los Angeles history.
You can get your copy for $25.00 plus tax & shipping directly from the LFIA by clicking here.