ANGEL’S FLIGHT <PHOTO OPPOSITE, 1969, by photographer JULIUS SHULMAN> is an electric cable railway which runs from Downtown LA to the top of Bunker Hill.
The ride takes about 2 minutes and costs 50 cents each way. If you like, climb up the Hill via a stairway of 123 steps and 10 ramps. During the Great Depression, Bunker Hill was home to many poor families who lived in once-elegant Victorian mansions – then degenerated into boarding houses – overlooking the city. Today, it’s the Financial District.
Another little attraction in LA is located at 709 LaBrea Boulevard. This is PINK’S HOT DOG STAND, founded by Paul Pink. It began as a hot dog wagon in 1939, was upgraded in 1946 – and ever since has drawn lineups of locals and tourists until the wee hours.
The world famous HOLLYWOOD SIGN isn’t the original, built for $21,000, and demolished. Today’s steel-lettered sign was erected in 1978. The original had a notorious past, when former Broadway star PEG ENTWHISTLE (photo below), climbed up, and jumped to her death from the letter ‘H’ in 1932.
Her parting words in a suicide note: “I am afraid, I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain. P.E.”