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February 5, 1861: Los Angeles

February 5, 2011

caltrans 7 atrium

CalTrans District 7 Headquarters, Downtown Los Angeles; by 1600 Squirrels, on Flickr (all rights reserved)

Camp 1

[Today], we came on to Los Angeles and camped again on the site of our first camp. We passed over the lovely plains of San Gabriel, El Monte, and Los Angeles, with their thousands of cattle, horses, and sheep feeding; tens of thousands were seen, in pleasing contrast with the barren hills of Temescal. We saw on our return quantities of wild ducks and geese in the ponds along the road. The plains and hills were green, men were putting their vineyards in order, and fruit trees were coming in bloom here, fruit plenty in the streets, but very dear—apples four to fifteen cents each, oranges five to ten cents.

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