Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe settles along the Los Angeles River
Portola Expedition finds a “good sized, full flowing River,” lined with lush greenery.
Spanish colonists found El Pueblo de la Reina de los Angeles and build Zanja Madre to deliver water to the pueblo.
L.A. River is the sole water source for Los Angeles.
L.A. Aqueduct is completed to import water from the Owens River
Floods take 85 lives and cause $23 million in property damage.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers builds a concrete channel for the River and major tributaries, and storm drains channel rainfall into the River.
Friends of the Los Angeles River founded by Lewis MacAdams
State Assemblyman proposes turning the River into a truck freeway. “Over our dead bodies,” FoLAR says and publicly builds revitalization momentum. First annual FoLAR River Clean-Up (La Gran Limpieza) draws 30 people.
Mayor Tom Bradley creates River Revitalization Task force
CA State Parks purchase two former industrial rail yards, the ‘Not-A-Cornfield’ site and Taylor Yard; battles to win the sites from developers mark a new approach to land use downtown and along the River.
La Gran Limpieza draws 3000 volunteers
Seasonal River Floods Olympic Blvd. N. Spring Street Cesar Chavez Bridge
1929 1929 1929
Arroyo Seco Fourth Street Viaduct N. Main Street Bridge
1913 1931 1910