Our most recent quiz featured a stairway leading to a narrow street commonly know as Two Rodeo Drive. The stairs at the south end of an outdoor mall actually branched away from the fabulous original Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. During a recent outing with the family I came across the quaint cobblestone street. Of course the stores windows displayed luxury and opulent items catering to the pocketbooks of the fabulously wealthy.
So how did this stretch of land become the focus of super wealthy shoppers (and a mecca for camera toting tourists such as myself)? Well, looking back to the late 1800’s the land was a part of a land grant named Rancho Rodeo de las Aquas (Ranch of the gathering waters) and in the early 1900’s investors bought the land that would eventually become Beverly Hills. In 1912, when the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was established Rodeo Drive became a bridle path. The path eventually evolved into a shopping area with stores and services catering to the locals until 1971 when the hotel expanded with a new wing. The Rodeo Drive Committee recognizing the commercial and investment potential, in 1977, started a campaign promoting Rodeo Drive as the street where the rich and famous shopped. The rest was history.
As you might expect, the tourists meandering around seemed totally bedazzled in the realm of the rich and famous. With smiling poses and cameras clicking, furtive glances sought out famous faces in the passing crowds. Alas, there were no famous faces. None that I (or my family) recognized, anyway.
Now I have to say, if you immediately recognized the stairway in the picture and you just had to dash out the door to go visit again, you are truly a kindred spirit- an avid Los Angeles lover. On the other hand, if you’ve never ever been to Rodeo Drive then you definitely must go visit.Be sure to swing through Two Rodeo Drive mall. I’m sure, that among the bedazzled tourists, the rich and famous still go about their daily business whether we recognize them or not.
Oh yes, movie buffs know these streets have been the backdrops in numerous popular movies and that also is a good reason for a visit. For instance, remember that movie where Julia and Richard cavorted in chic shops and the swanky hotel? Sure, you know the movie I’m talking about; Well, you’ll be right there where it was filmed. My advice- don’t forget your camera.
Below is a map indicating the Two Rodeo Drive Mall in Beverly Hills. If you’re interested in more details about the history of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive (including a photo of the bridle trail mentioned above) go to this link: www.kcet.org.
Are You Ready for the Next Quiz?
How are you doing with the quizzes, by the way? Did you know most of the items or locations I’ve featured in the photos? If so, you must cruise around Los Angeles a lot. It’s even possible our paths have crossed. Add a comment to favorite sometime. So let’s see how well you do with this next quiz. Check our the photo below.
Recognize it? What is it? Where is it? Here’s a hint. Our new photo is a work of art that dealt a common fear. (and it still is a very real fear. After all, public art is not always about fun and frolic.). The artwork itself has faded from our collective memories though the image still looms as a realistic possibility. Remember now? Got it? Go take a look. Unfortunately there was a new controversy about the piece. What are your feelings on the matter?
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 what it is or the locations featured. The posts are in chronological order so start at the top of the list. The answers will be in the following post. 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)