Olvera Street is more than just souvenir stands—it’s one of the most historic places in Los Angeles. The same stretch of blocks is home to not only Spain’s original pueblo, but also to Los Angeles’ first Chinatown and Little Italy. Join Atlas Obscura and Field Agent Adam Papagan as we uncover the layers of history on Olvera Street.
We’ll start with a visit to the oldest building in America continuously open for the same purpose. Then we’ll hear the story of the woman who saved the street from demolition and turned it into one of the city’s first tourist attractions. Plus we’ll discover several obscure landmarks hiding in plain sight.
Don't miss this chance to walk through the past and experience the diverse cultures that built Los Angeles into the melting pot it is today. Ole!
- This is a fast-paced walking tour. Please dress for the weather.
- Meet at the Blessing of the Animals mural at the southern end of Alberta St (intersection of Los Angeles St. and Alameda). Google Map
- Family friendly! All ages welcome.
About Adam Papagan
Adam Papagan is an artist, comedian, and talk show host from Los Angeles, California. His past projects include immersive video installations, collaborations with outsider musician David Liebe Hart, and a tour of the sites made famous by the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial. He also hosts There's a Place onand Inside Outside on KCHUNG Radio. A native of Los Angeles, Adam enjoys sharing his unique take on the city with others.
Email Adam Papagan at email@example.com.
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