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Los Angeles Mapped

The Library of Congress / Ira Gershwin Gallery presents historical maps of Los Angeles from the collections of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division.

A Glimpse into Local History

The location of Los Angeles's harbor at San Pedro was the outcome of an intense competition in the 1890s between railroad interests that wanted a monopoly port on their property in Santa Monica and advocates of a public harbor twenty miles south of the city in San Pedro.

After the U.S. Congress appropriated funds for the San Pedro site, commencement of building the breakwater was celebrated in a two-day jubilee.

Image from Library of Congress, Los Angeles Mapped Exhibition (online)

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