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After four decades, the drought is about to end for downtown L.A.'s Ft. Moore Hill monument

After four decades, the drought is about to end for downtown L.A.'s Ft. Moore Hill monument

It’s so large, it’s easy not to notice it.

Its 400 feet of brick, mosaic tile and glazed terra cotta could be nothing but an odd retaining wall keeping what’s left of Ft. Moore Hill from falling.

On the speedway that Hill Street becomes between downtown and Chinatown, a motorist could never appreciate the structure’s eloquently worded tribute to military service, the pioneering spirit and California history.

“It’s the most historically and geographically important monument that nobody knows about,” said Clare Haggarty, manager of L.A. County’s art collections. “It’s where Los Angeles really began, and...

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