A Look Back at Olvera Street, From the 1890s Till the 1990s

A Look Back at Olvera Street, From the 1890s Till the 1990s

Founded in 1781, Olvera Street is considered the oldest part of downtown Los Angeles. Of course there are no images from that far back, but the Los Angeles Public Library's photo archive does go back all the way to 1892, with a panoramic image of the plaza, looking much different than it does today. This collection of photos from the archive spans from the late 19th century through the 1930s with costumed dancers and performers, into the late '60s with a visit from Bobby Kennedy, and all the way to the late '90s, when Richard Riordan was mayor.


Founded in 1781, Olvera Street is considered the oldest part of downtown Los Angeles. Of course there are no images from that far back, but the Los Angeles Public Library's photo archive does go back all the way to 1892, with a panoramic image of the plaza, looking much different than it does today. This collection of photos from the archive spans from the late 19th century through the 1930s with costumed dancers and performers, into the late '60s with a visit from Bobby Kennedy, and all the way to the late '90s, when Richard Riordan was mayor.
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