Long before Hollywood became the glamorous cinema city of today, it was a simple agricultural town filled with citrus groves and fields. These pics, compiled by the Los Angeles Public Library and California Historical Society, show you just how amazing the transformation from then to now has been.
The town was actually developed by H.J. Whitley, who made his mark developing the infrastructure in Oklahoma in the 1870s. Mr Whitley moved to Southern California and purchased E.C. Hurd ranch, a 500 acre plot of land, in the 1880s. Whitley is now remembered as the Father of Hollywood
He began developing the area and in 1902 founded Hollywood Hotel. Hollywood was incorporated in 1903 and became a popular destination for the motion picture industry by 1915. The name Hollywood was coined by Whitley and his wife, who thought of the name while the couple were on their honeymoon.
Compare the past with the present with this collection of pics from 1900, to the 70s through today.
Store: This is the first grocery shop in Hollywood, established in the 1890s for the burgeoning community