Most notable as the home of the entertainment industry and the home of several of historic studios, Hollywood is the epicenter of the film industry. The Hollywood name has come to be a metonym for the motion picture industry of the United States and is an ethnically diverse, densely populated, economically diverse neighborhood and retail business district.
Hollywood was originally a small community in 1870 and was later incorporated as a municipality in the year of 1903.
In 1910 Hollywood would officially merge with Los Angeles. The name “Hollywood” was coined by H. J. Whitley, who is known to this day as the “Father of Hollywood”
Whitley arranged to buy the E.C. Hurd ranch and disclosed to him his plans for the land, which was about 500 acres. The two agreed on a price and Hurd agreed to sell to Whitley at a later date. But plans for the new town (Hollywood) eventually spread to General Harrison Gray Otis, Hurd’s wife, eastern adjacent ranch co-owner Daeida Wilcox and many others before Whitley could get going with his plans for Hollywood.
On February 1, 1887 Deidra Wilcox filed a deed and a map of property he sold with the Los Angeles County Recorder’s office which was ironically named “Hollywood, California.” Wilcox wanted to be the first to record it on a deed and this was a way to do so.
Hollywood was slow to grow initially but by 1900 it had a post office, newspaper, hotel, and two markets with a population of 102,479.
Daeida Wilcox Beveridge, who is known as the “Mother of Hollywood” gave three lots to painter Paul de Longpré at Cahuenga Boulevard and Prospect Avenue (Hollywood Boulevard)
The Hollywood Hotel was opened in 1902 by H. J. Whitley to attract land buyers.
Whitley’s company developed and sold one of the early residential areas, the Ocean View Tract and paid thousands of dollars for electric lighting. This included bringing electricity and building a bank as well as a road into the Cahuenga Pass. The lighting ran for several blocks down Prospect Avenue and was a major highlight of the growth of Hollywood.
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