Welcome to Esotouric's Deep Los Angeles History Channel
We’re so glad you’ve found our little corner of the web, where it’s all Los Angeles lore, all the time. Video topics include true crime, literature, landmarks, cemeteries, legacy businesses, historic preservation, crafting, neon signs, infrastructure, photography and the movies. Scroll down for the full catalogue.
We’re your L.A. obsessed hosts, Kim Cooper and Richard Schave of Esotouric, native Angeleno tour guides, preservationists, mystery novelists, guidebook authors, map makers and bloggers. If you’ve got 11 minutes, you can get to know us by watching Nick Coles’ award-winning short documentary, True Love / True Crime on An American Bus.
Whether you’re a native in love with this unlikely city at world’s end, or if you’re new in town and wonder what all the fuss is about, these 2-to-3 hour webinars are guaranteed to reveal the secret nets that hold Los Angeles together and where you fit in. Each one is an immersive time travel trip illustrated with photos drawn from special collections libraries and archives, many of them unpublished, and featuring original research insights you won’t find anywhere else.
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DEEP LOS ANGELES HISTORY VIDEOS
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TRUE CRIME: Black Dahlia Days • Hotel Cecil • Sunset Boulevard • The West Side • 13 Uncanny Crimes & Mysteries • 1910 L.A. Times Bombing with Det. Mike Digby
BOOKS & THE MOVIES: Raymond Chandler • Charles Bukowski • Birth of Noir • John Fante’s Bunker Hill • John Bengtson's Silent Echoes in Westlake
LOS ANGELES: The Bradbury Building • The Dutch Chocolate Shop • Tunnels • Bunker Hill • Grand Central Market • Angels Flight Railway • Programmatic Architecture • Cafeterias • Pershing Square • George Mann’s 3-D Photos • Crawford’s Markets • Architecture of Death • Historic Preservation 1900s-1980s • Paul R. Williams, Architect • Saving South L.A. Landmarks • Storybook Architecture • Downtown Treasure Hunt • Wilshire Boulevard • Preserving Art Deco • Downtown Artists • Fourth & Main • Llano del Rio Desert Utopian Colony • Victorian Relics • Elysian Park • Making Miniature Landmarks • Vintage Streetlights • Neon Signs • Freeways • Boyle Heights • Rancho Los Amigos Poor Farm
ROAD TRIPPING: Visits with Preservation Pals in the Ohio River Valley