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The grave marker of emigrant Lucinda Duncan on the Overland Trail just outside Beowawe, Nevada. Like thousands of other 19th century pioneers who used the trail to cross the continent to Oregon and California, Duncan perished on the journey. Photo by Sarah Keyes.

The Best of the West

November 7, 2014

Tinkling cowbells. A kettle singing on a campfire. The howl of a wolf. The deafening boom of an approaching thunderstorm. Sounds such as these became important harbingers for migrants on the mid-19th century Overland Trail.…

High school students in the Los Angeles Service Academy tour a construction site in Boyle Heights. Before the visit, Maria Cabildo, president of the East Los Angeles Community Corporation  and member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission, spoke to them about a new housing development being constructed. Photo courtesy of William Deverell.

So L.A.

May 20, 2014

One recent Saturday, USC alumna Laura Nelson, a transportation reporter for the Los Angeles Times, gave a talk to local high school students about the city’s vast transit system. For a group of freshly minted drivers in…

A modern, electric city is born: a 1958 image of Los Angeles at night. Photo by Joseph Fadler, courtesy Huntington Library, San Marino.

Electric City

May 23, 2013

A towering electricity pylon dominates a moody black-and-white nightscape of 1950s Los Angeles. Silhouetted center stage, it straddles the landscape, its looping power cables carving up the artificially illuminated sky. At…

Author Shoson Nagahara employed a gritty, proto-noir style in writing about Japanese immigrants living in 1920s Little Tokyo. This 1924 image, "Little Tokyo: An Alley" is one of the many historical photos printed in <em>Lament in the Night</em> (Kaya Press, 2012). Photo by Toyo Miyake, courtesy of Toyo Miyake Studio.

Lament in the Night

March 1, 2013

The man quietly passes through the shadows, hungrily seizing a half-rotten watermelon rind from the ground at the now-deserted marketplace, later retching miserably. After checking and rechecking his coin purse for any…

Bill Deverell received a 2011 Gold Crown Award from the Pasadena Arts Council at a ceremony on June 10. Photo courtesy of the Pasadena Arts Council.

Devoted to the City of Roses

June 13, 2011

Bill Deverell has spent his academic career exploring the history and culture of California. With research interests including the American West after the Civil War and the environmental history of Los Angeles, and as the…

The tail section of the <em>Constitution</em>, an aircraft under construction at Lockheed Aircraft Co., Burbank in 1946. Because of the underpowered engines of the double-decker transport, Lockheed only built two planes before abandoning the model. Photo courtesy of the Harvey Christen collection, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Return to Camelot

November 1, 2010

Southern California: sunbeams, major motion picture companies, pricey real estate, Disneyland, and the aerospace industry. Even though it has greatly impacted the region since the early 20th century, aerospace has received…