A Victorian Tourist’s Photo Album Of Los Angeles, Circa 1894

What did Victorian Los Angeles look like through the eyes of tourists discovering it for the first time?

A photo album from a trip to Los Angeles in the spring of 1894 shows us just that. The album, which was acquired and digitized by the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in City of Industry, contains a few dozen cabinet card-sized photographs descriptions written in white ink. There are no names or identifying information, just the nascent city as they saw it, a handful of years after the completion of the transcontinental railroad lines had opened the floodgates to the west.