Echo Park in 1895: Snow-capped peaks in the distance and rolling countryside all around.
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Echo Park Lake circa 1920
Above is a panorama view of Echo Park Lake, as seen from Temple Street. If you look closely off into the distance, you can see Edendale, a former district of Los Angeles that was home to pre-Hollywood movie studios.
Photo: Los Angeles Times
Echo Park Lake _ Rehabilitation Tour
The Echo Park Lake has been undergoing a $65 million rehabilitation to improve the water quality and grounds of the historic LA park. As part of the Silver Lake Reservoirs Conservancy, I got a private tour of the project at its halfway mark. The rehabilitation is on schedule, and should open next spring if all goes well.
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Sunken wagon wheel’s origin a mystery: Pony express, stagecoach or grain wagon? Experts, historians go to work analyzing a wheel, axle and part of the undercarriage of a cart found under Echo Park Lake.
Photo: Michael Kay examines what appears to be an axle from a 19th century wagon found in Echo Park Lake. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times
An appetite for service: Three staffers are celebrating half a century — each — at Echo Park’s storied Taix restaurant.
Photo: Bernard Inchauspe, left, Jose Fragoso and Fernando Gomez have seen a lot of changes during their long tenures at Taix. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times
Amish journey from homespun to hipster: Miriam Jones’ hair salon in Echo Park seems a world away from the settlement in Smicksburg, Pa., but she treasures the sect’s values of hard work and self-sufficiency. “When you’re Amish, you work all the time and you don’t work for money or for any other reason than God wants you to,” Jones says.
Photo: Miriam Jones touches up Dusty Schlabach’s hair. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times
One Facebook post becomes national movement to abandon big banks: Echo Park woman’s post urging friends to move their money to credit unions in the wake of Bank of America’s plans for a monthly debit card fee results in more than 75,000 people pledging to participate in “Bank Transfer Day.”
Photo: “I definitely never expected it to become this big,” says Kristen Christian, the 27-year-old Echo Park resident who started “Bank Transfer Day.” Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times
Last week, Echo Park’s newest destination for used vinyl, Mono Records turned 1 month old. For any small storefront, it’s a tender age. But especially in the equally fragile record store business.
Photo: Mono Records. Credit: John Roller
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The inventiveness of jiachi's local trips continue to delight (you may remember his urban hiking trail through Silver Lake and Echo Park). We’ve truncated the post, but you should definitely keep on reading.
P.S. Is that Danny Pudi from “Community”?
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No dinner plans? Reader himoonie wants us to remind you that you’ve got the rest of today to get yourself to Beverly and Rampart and pick up a 65-cent chili cheeseburger and coke.
A 1.5-hour route from the park neighborhood to the beach.
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The Times last wrote about Burbank’s Backside Records in 2007 for a piece on underground or underappreciated parts of Los Angeles.
Now, it looks like Backside plans to open up a second location in Echo Park. With Raekwon making an appearance at the Burbank location earlier this month, we wonder if they plan on getting anyone for the opening?
Photo credit: Backside