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In the western section of metropolitan Los Angeles sits the famous city of Hollywood, California known almost exclusively as the global center of movie studios and film stars.

Though the district is now called home to an estimated 300,000 people, it began around 1853 with nothing more than one adobe hut. However, by the 1870s, an agricultural community had grown in the area. In the 1887 Harvey Wilcox, who had made a fortune in real estate, relocated to the area from Kansas along with his wife Daeida and soon bought 160 acres of land west of where Hollywood would soon be born.

Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Boulevard & Vine Street

Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Boulevard & Vine Street

Hollywood, CA - Car Wash Sign

Hollywood, CA - Car Wash Sign

Hollywood, CA - El Capitan Theatre Marquee

Hollywood, CA - El Capitan Theatre Marquee

Hollywood, CA - Frolic Room

Hollywood, CA - Frolic Room

Hollywood, CA - Graumans Chinese Theatre

Hollywood, CA - Graumans Chinese Theatre

Hollywood, CA - Madame Tussaud's - JimmyStewart

Hollywood, CA - Madame Tussaud's - JimmyStewart

Hollywood, CA - Madame Tussaud's - Marilyn Monroe

Hollywood, CA - Madame Tussaud's - Marilyn Monroe

Hollywood, CA - Madame Tussaud's - Marlene Dietrich

Hollywood, CA - Madame Tussaud's - Marlene Dietrich

Hollywood, CA - Schwinn

Hollywood, CA - Schwinn

Hollywood, CA - Sign

Hollywood, CA - Sign

Hollywood, CA - Sign

Hollywood, CA - Sign

Hollywood, CA - Theater-like Sign

Hollywood, CA - Theater-like Sign

Hollywood, CA - Capitol Records

Hollywood, CA - Capitol Records

Hollywood, CA - Clown Sign

Hollywood, CA - Clown Sign

Hollywood, CA - Pantages Theatre

Hollywood, CA - Pantages Theatre

Hollywood, CA - Pinks Hot Dogs

Hollywood, CA - Pinks Hot Dogs