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Glorious Southern California!

January 1, 2010 |  4:00 am


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Jan. 1, 1920, Hiking 

“He who thinks that the Southland's many miles of smooth automobile roads penetrating every beauteous section have relegated the alpenstock to the reverent care of the antiquarian is mistaken. In case you doubt me ask any member of the Sierra Club. He knows. He takes a mountain walk in length anywhere from five to 20 or more miles, almost every weekend. With no more impediment usually than his handy canteen, and often with not even this much, he boards an early morning electric car and journeys to the end of the line, from which he foots it to the mouth of some grass-carpeted canyon whence his ascent begins, makes his journey in a day and is back at the office fresh for the day's work next morning.”


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Jan. 1, 1920, Beaches 
“Santa Monica -- Ocean Park has an ideal location for the homeseeker, businessman and the convalescent. Each individual can be suited to their particular walk in life. Situated on the very shores of the great rolling old Pacific Ocean, 'Where the mountains meet the sea,' with unsurpassed scenery and in close proximity to the big metropolis of Los Angeles, makes it a most desirable place to live.”


Jan. 1, 1920, Ripley

Ripley, Calif., land of opportunity and prosperity, at least according to the California Southern  Railroad, which named the settlement in honor of E.P. Ripley, head of the Santa Fe Railway.




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Ripley, Calif., via Google maps’ street view.

Jan. 1, 1920: The Times publishes its annual Midwinter Edition, a special section intended to present life in Southern California in a perfect light.  The stories are overloaded with superlatives, but they still have value as a snapshot of the era, especially as an example of the paper’s boosterism at full throttle.

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