Photograph of a path through Confederate General Longstreet's homestead on Palm Avenue and Adams Boulevard, ca.1886. The path is pictured at center, lined by palm trees, taken from Adams Boulevard. At left, the porch of a nearby building can be seen, while in the far distance at center, a two-story mansion is visible.; From a letter to the Herald Express (1940 February 5): "About 1875, Confederate General Longstree acquired the 40 acres on the northeast corner of Figueroa and West Adams streets. He did what was possibly up to that time the most extensive grading job done in Los Angeles. He made a pleasing slope up to where the house was to be built, a slope such as we used to read about in southern love stories. He built a mansion of Southern grandeaur and elegance and made the entrance from West Adams, between the palms which he planted, a southern romance. He planted the whole place with orange trees and it became the showplace of Southern California...".