Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Los Angeles magazine does the knowledge:
At first glance, the fan palm guarding Exposition Park’s Figueroa Street entrance appears unremarkable. Palm trees, after all, are a fixture of the Los Angeles skyline. But that unassuming palm may be the city’s oldest, a survivor of three replantings and a witness to more than 150 years of Los Angeles history.
Likely still a sapling when it was dug up from a desert canyon in the late 1850s, the tree was transplanted with several other young palms to San Pedro Street in present-day Little Tokyo. Over the next 30 years, the trees grew up as Los Angeles matured around them. In 1888, the Times called the palms, which had witnessed the town’s evolution from a community of less than 5,000 to a booming city of nearly 50,000, “among the oldest landmarks of Los Angeles.”