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How a Health Guru Helped L.A. Discover its Hiking Trails

In the 1920s and '30s, health guru Paul Bragg led huge group hikes into the Hollywood Hills and San Gabriel Mountains.

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When Oxnard Beach Became 'Hollywood-by-the-Sea'

Never mind that Tinseltown was fifty miles away. In 1926, one Ventura County beach became Hollywood-by-the-Sea.

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When PCH Blasted Through Point Mugu

Today, Pacific Coast Highway passes effortlessly through Point Mugu between Oxnard and Malibu. But when highway engineers began ...

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What Flattened the Top of Mt. Lee (of Hollywood Sign Fame)?

Behind the Hollywood Sign rises the 1,708-foot summit of Mount Lee, a hilltop flattened for a never-built house that would have ...

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