Before The Dodgers

In this episode, Lost LA explores the various ways Southern California's inhabitants have used the hills around Dodger Stadium. The Elysian Hills once stood where the now-iconic Dodger Stadium hosts legendary baseball. Raised up by tectonic forces and carved into deep ravines by the ancient precursor of the Los Angeles River, these highlands meant many things to many people long before Sandy Koufax threw Dodger Stadium's first pitch, and even before the first residents moved into Chavez Ravine. The region's native Tongva Indians escaped floods there, and later settlers quarried stone in the hills to build what would become an American city. Viewers will discover a lithographic view of nineteenth-century L.A. as drawn from an Elysian hilltop, the vanished neighborhood of Chavez Ravine, and a massive construction project that reshaped the land into a modern baseball palace.

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