Connecticut Valley Railroad

Neighborhood Spotlight: East Hollywood is a diverse, affordable spot that's just this side of hip

Neighborhood Spotlight: East Hollywood is a diverse, affordable spot that's just this side of hip

Where one of the densest, most urban neighborhoods in Los Angeles now stands was once the small farming community of Prospect Park, which by the late 1800s boasted acres of fragrant citrus trees planted in orderly rows across gently rolling hills.

The citrus groves thrived in the shelter of the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, which kept the tree-killing frost at bay during winter and were also the source of the rich alluvial soil that covered what was then known as the Cahuenga Valley.

Prospect Park was to the east of an ambitious little town known as Hollywood, to which it was connected by the tiny steam-drawn cars of the Cahuenga Valley Railroad and later by a...

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