Well, did you recognize the glittering lake featured in our last quiz as the MacArthur Lake in MacArthur Park? It lures folks from the local neighborhood locked into a hot urban landscape in our desert city.
The city created the lake in the 1880’s and named it (and the surrounding park) Westlake Park. The name came from surrounding neighborhood. As a natural spring it was part of the early city’s zanjas and reservoir system. In 1940 the City renamed the lake (and park) MacArthur Park Lake in honor of the popular World War II hero General Douglas MacArthur. Many people today feel comfortable using either name. And to this day, even though it now has an artificial bottom and artificial fountains spouting in the middle, the water source is still a natural spring.
Many Angelenos catch a glimpse of the lake as they drive by every morning on busy Wilshire Blvd and Seventh Ave on their commute to downtown and going about their business. Bikers cruising by are more apt to stop and enjoy the landmark lake. But the neighborhood has an unsavory past and in spite of the park’s questionable reputation today many do to enjoy a lunch (take-out from a famous eatery nearby) and enjoy the sights of the lake.
To encourage Angelenos to get acquainted with MacArthur Park, CicLAvia directed the route for their special “no-automobile” routes past the lake on several occasions (See my post: Yikes, Bikes Galore! It Must Be CicLAvia!). Of course, as a glittering water spot in the middle of a dry urban environment flocks of wild migrating birds, especially ducks, paddle and crisscross the surface in search of food.
So the glittering lake still fed by a natural spring in the middle of an urban neighborhood brings a welcome touch of the natural outdoors to a neighborhood in need. Here’s a Map showing the location of MacArthur Park and lake.
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Ready for the next quiz? Okay, here we go. Check out the photo below. Where in LA are we? Here’s a hint. Take a look the sign. See the directions and the mileage? A world map or globe won’t help. Yet, this really is an iconic image. Where do think this sign might be?
Okay I admit this really is unfair. Readers of a certain age will recognize the sign immediately. In fact, they might even know where it’s located-both the fictional place and the real spot. Go ahead, go visit. Get your hiking boots out (or your bikes) and hit the trails. Fond memories await.
In a hurry? You can get the answer to this LA Quiz at my About page. It will stay posted until the next quiz.
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Here are Previous LA Quizzes
If you love to meander around the city like I do, you’re probably familiar with the many popular and famous places I’ve featured on these posts. Here’s a chance to test your knowledge of Los Angeles. Take a look at these earlier posts and see if you can identify the locations featured. The posts are in chronological order so start at the top of the list. The answers will be in the next postings. Then gather up the family and go visit these interesting places. Explore LA and have fun.
Take the LA Quiz! (Oct. 2013)
The Goddess Of Music (Jan. 2104)
Tower and Ramp Sculpture In Los Angeles (Feb, 2014)
Shoshone Sculpture On A Quiet Morning (April, 2014)
Reflections Downtown (May, 2014)
Our Famous Promontory (June, 2014)
Go Visit a Gift from Friends Across the Sea (July, 2014)
Here’s a Bit of Los Angeles History (Sept. 2014)
See the Beautiful Face? Where is She? (Oct. 2014)
The Gilmore Gas Station- It’s a Gas-A-Teria! (Dec. 2014)
Petersen Automotive Museum Says Look at Me! (Nov. 2015)
Pasadena City Hall: The Pride of Pasadena (Dec. 2015)
Claudio Ethos- Street Art in Los Angeles (Dec 31, 2015)
Welcome to Chinatown, Los Angeles (Feb. 2016)
The Eagle Rock Looms (April 2016)
Palisades Park- Santa Monica (May 2016)
El Parque de Mexico: A Nod to LA’s Heritage (June 2016)
The Broad- In the Heart of Downtown LA (Oct 2016)