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Los Angeles River Walk via Atwater Village


Los Angeles River

The second half of our walk around Atwater Village was along a rehabilitated section of the Los Angeles River (also known as the LA River). The river runs about 50 miles through Los Angeles County from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach.

Los Angeles River

In 1769, the Spanish, who at the time controlled Mexico, sent a contingent of explorers to Alta California to settle the area. Upon discovering the river, they named it El Río de Nuestra Señora La Reina de Los Ángeles de Porciúncula, or, The River of Our Lady Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula.

Los Angeles River

And so the city of Los Angeles was founded on the banks of this river.

Los Angeles River

Because of severe flooding and changing direction on a whim, in the 1930s the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the decision to constrain the flow of the river with concrete.

Los Angeles River

Over the decades there has been much interest in returning the river to its natural form. That can never happen but there are a lot of ways the situation can be improved and provide a habitat for native animals, birds and plants.

Los Angeles River

We are beginning to see some of this recovery already.

Los Angeles River

The city council is even looking into instituting duck boat (land and water vehicle) tours in the downtown area which would highlight historic bridges and neighborhoods.

Los Angeles River

I am in favor of that idea. The Los Angeles River is important to our city and although it will never be a Thames or a Seine, it should be appreciated for what it is—a vital part of our development and ecosystem.

Los Angeles River

More photos. Click on any image below to start the slideshow.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

10 thoughts on “Los Angeles River Walk via Atwater Village

  1. Great photos and interesting info, too. Thank you.


  2. Enjoyed our stroll, Ros 🙂 Have a good Christmas!


  3. A great place to walk and bike! Beautiful photos! Enjoy Christmas holidays, Roslyn!


  4. Thanks for the eTOUR…..loved it. Great photos!!


  5. this is wonderful. Wished we would give it much more attention.


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