Lost L.A.

Semi-Tropical L.A.: How the Sunny Southland Sold Itself

Clip: Season 2 | 8m 42s

When the transcontinental railroad reached Southern California in 1876, it connected Los Angeles with the population centers and markets of the eastern U.S., fueling a boom that transformed a remote cowtown into a city. It also fueled a powerful promotional machine that promised more about Southern California – and its “semi-tropical” climate – than reality could support.

Aired: 10/17/17

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

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