Friday, July 15, 2011

Escape Carmageddon! Take one of THREE different Historic Downtown Los Angeles Walking Tours! Saturday July 16th and Sunday July 17th!

Escape Carmageddon by fleeing east by car and checking into a hotel Downtown hotel for the weekend - or bike or take the subway Downtown for one of our three different walking tours Saturday July 16th or Sunday, July 17th from 11 AM until 1:30 PM.

The Last Bookstore's newest tour - How Los Angeles Invented The Wild West - will premiere this Sunday, July 17th, the weekend before next Saturday's  'National Day of the American Cowboy festivities.  This tour will then be repeated on both Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th if you miss this special preview.

Our newest tour will feature the hidden Western history of Los Angeles and it will uncover LA's secret origins as the toughest cow town in the history of the Wild West long before it invented the Western film.  It will also illustrate how parts of that culture still remain alive today.

And usual, this new walking tour will start at THE LAST BOOKSTORE at 453 S. Spring Street, at the corner of 5th Spring and each tour is still only $15 and you can reserve in advance by calling 213-804-8396

Next, this Saturday's (July 16th) event will be our popular Historic Downtown 101 Tour - see description below. 

And - by special request - one can also arrange for a tour of Main Street from Historic Downtown to the Plaza and back on Spring Street on either Saturday or Sunday afternoon  starting at 2:30 by calling and requesting a reservation.  This tour will focus on how LA & Downtown developed in the 19th and 20th centuries - and how it is now developing in the 21st Century.
And, again, each tour is only $15 and you can reserve in advance for all the tours by calling 213-804-8396

The Last Bookstore Presents….
The Secret Lives of Downtown

A series of guided walking tours of Historic Downtown Los Angeles’s secret past, its present - and its future.

The “Historic Downtown 101” tour is a general introduction to our rapidly developing neighborhood and an overview of the multiple histories of the streets of Broadway, Spring and Main.  All tours begin at THE LAST BOOKSTORE at 453 S. Spring Street in the Spring Arts Tower and will be led by long time Downtown resident Brady Westwater who, besides being involved with the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council, the Historic Downtown BID, Gallery Row, Art Walk, and the BOXeight & CONCEPT Fashion Weeks, has brought over 150 businesses, artists and non-profit institutions to Downtown.

If you are a participant, you will see where first motion picture theater was built,  the place where Babe Ruth signed his contract with the Yankees, the hotel where Charlie Chaplin lived when he made his early films (and the place where he made his Los Angeles vaudeville debut in 1910), where Bing Crosby was discovered - plus the homes and haunts of everyone from actor Nicholas Cage, the Black Dahlia, Rudolph Valentino, LA’s version of Jack the Ripper, President Teddy Roosevelt, the Night Stalker, western outlaw Emmet Dalton,  actor Ryan Gosling and more.  And you will also visit where O. J. Simpson bought his knife.

You’ll explore an intersection where all four buildings were often visited by gunfighter/sheriff Wyatt Earp since they were all built or occupied by friends of his from Tombstone during the shoot-out at the OK Corral.  At this intersection you will also discover what John Wayne, a prime minister of Italy, Houdini, Winston Churchill, boxer Jack Dempsey, Greta Garbo, President Woodrow Wilson and multiple Mexican boxing champions all had in common here.

You will also see where the first new lofts were opened, the places where Gallery Row and the Art Walk began and where Fashion Week returned to Downtown.  You will see many of the new boutiques, designer showrooms and stores that have recently opened in the area along with getting a sneak preview of what will soon be happening in the area.

Tickets for all this are only $15 per person - free for children under 8 - and reservations can be made by calling Brady Westwater at 213-804-8396 or emailing  All credit card orders will be processed  at Last Bookstore and cash payments may be made at the start of the tour.   All proceeds will go towards the revitalization and the study of the history of the neighborhood.  

Lastly, future tours will feature specialized areas of interest such as architecture, art of all kinds, shopping and food, single streets, sports (from steer wrestling to Luchador wrestlers to a Sumo wrestler), transportation, specific periods of history, the hidden Wild West history of Los Angeles, movie locations, Downtown after hours and many other aspects of the neighborhood.  

We will also be soon starting weekday & evening tours on what it's like to live in Downtown Los Angeles. You will be introduced to the many of stores, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues (and often their owners, too) - along with being given previews of one of a kind special events - so you can get a feel for what it is like to live in Downtown Los Angeles.

We expect this tour to be popular with not only people considering moving to Downtown and people who work in Downtown and who would like to know what to do after hours in Downtown - but also to recent and even long established Downtown residents who want to know more about their neighborhood.

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