Mesmer flagpole not long after it was erected in front of the US Hotel on Main Street across from is now City Hall.
Up until a few months ago - the oldest standing civic structure in Downtown LA (not counting the Plaza area north of the freeway) was the 1860's wooden Mesmer flagpole that stood on the west side of the south facing door to the Los Angeles Country Hall of Justice, along Temple Street. A newer metal pole stood on the other side of the door. And at the base of the Mesmer flagpole was a hihgly visible bronze marker describing its importance to the history of Los Angeles. A historic marker that was... impossible... to miss seeing if you stood by the flagpole.
It was also the only thing left standing of what was the old civic and business center of Los Angles when it was centered around the intersection of Main, Temple and Spring. And now its gone - and nobody can tell me where it is which makes it seem likely that it has been destroyed. But on the off chance it is lying in some storage yard - or in some one's back yard - or has been chopped up for fire wood, but not yet burned - I am going public to encourage whoever does know what happened to it - to speak up .
Now I was going to post its history here now, but I can not physically access all my research, so I will be doing that tonight or tomorrow. Meanwhile - here are some early photos.