Welcome to the LA River
Welcome to the City of Los Angeles and to the Los Angeles River.
The Los Angeles River has sustained human life for centuries and attracted the settlements that founded our city. What began as Tongva villages on the River’s banks was described by Father Juan Crespi during a Spanish expedition in 1769 as a place of beauty and bounty.
European settlers named it "Rio de Porciúncula" (the small portion river), and its water sustained the growing pueblo until the William Mulholland era.
The River also changed its course frequently and flooded the area several times. Its wild nature led to its concrete channelization, which began in 1938 and was completed in 1960. The act of channelization changed Angelenos’ relationship with the waterway, and lead to the River’s neglect.