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LA Times Today: How early L.A. built fortunes and bred scoundrels

LA Times Today: How early L.A. built fortunes and bred scoundrels

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Los Angeles is a city of dreamers.

But long before people flocked here for the chance to make it on the silver screen, Los Angeles was developed by a handful of crafty salesmen and speculators who made it big and sometimes left with lots of cash.

L.A. Times columnist Patt Morrison wrote about early scams and ideas that formed the Los Angeles we know today.

Here’s what Patt says.

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