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Los Angeles, California

Uncovering Olvera Street

Explore centuries of history on LA’s oldest block.

Olvera Street is more than just souvenir stands—it’s one of the most historic places in Los Angeles.

Join Atlas Obscura Society Los Angeles and Field Agent Adam Papagan as we uncover the layers of history on Olvera Street, walk through the past, and experience the diverse cultures that built Los Angeles into the melting pot it is today. 

The same stretch of blocks is home to not only Spain’s original pueblo... but also to Los Angeles’ first Chinatown and Little Italy.

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.


  • Please note there are 2 start times: 10 a.m. (SOLD OUT) and 12:30 p.m.
  • This is a fast-paced, mostly outdoor walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes and sun protection.  
  • Meet at the Blessing of the Animals mural at the southern end of Alberta St (intersection of Los Angeles St. and Alameda). Google Map
  • Parking available in nearby paid lots or at metered spots on the street, but please read signs carefully. Or go Metro! Meeting location is a short walk from Union Station.
  • Family friendly! All ages welcome, but all attendees must have a ticket, and all minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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 on Dromebox.com and 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 adam.papagan@atlasobscura.com.

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