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Firsts

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The first gas-powered vehicle to travel L.A.'s streets weighed half as much as similar vehicles run by steam or electricity. ()
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The L.A. Auto Show under the chandeliers of the Shrine Auditorium in 1930. ()
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The boat/car on Figueroa Street in front of the now-named Engine Co. 28 restaurant in this 1920 photo. ()
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The Arroyo Seco Parkway, later renamed the Pasadena Freeway in 1940. (LAT)
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The Van Nuys Drive-In Theater was one of the last in the Valley when it closed in early 1996. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
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The Botts dot, a raised ceramic marker named for engineer Elbert D. Botts, has helped define freeway lanes throughout California for 35 years. (LAT)
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