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Los Angeles River (Images of America: California)
For centuries, the Los Angeles River was unpredictable-- prone to flooding, a raging torrent during rare Southern California rains, and just a trickle and marshlands the rest of the year. To tame it, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers walled in the river just before World War II. Decades later, roadside signs that proclaimed "Los Angeles River" prodded the question: How can ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 16th 2008 by Arcadia Publishing (SC)
(first published January 16th 2007)
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Books like this make me so thankful for photography. Getting to "see" the river when it actually resembled one, before it became a cement-lined, flood-control corridor, is oddly reassuring and comforting. A nice tour through an important part of L.A.'s history.