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History, Hollywood, and Fitness ~ 5 Photos 5 Day Challenge

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Fitness is a lifestyle in Southern California — with Hollywood and Beverly Hills in our midst, the latest diet craze and exercise routine is always right here.

You will often see people speed walking while using small barbells (on the side of the street), jogging and biking. That’s right, despite our crazy love for cars and driving, we exercise on the sidewalks for everyone to see and marvel.

But did you know that before Angelenos pledged their love to cars, we were a city connected by trolleys and streetcars? People traveled from their houses in the hills to transit lines via stairs. Lots and lots of stairs.

I will be writing about the L.A. hidden stairways in my next Zoe Sinclair novel, but in the interim, here is the real-life story.

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Robert Guerrero climbing LA

There are about 4o0 hidden historic stairways in Los Angeles, built mostly in the 1920’s, many of them forgotten. Today, Angelenos use the stairs for cardio workouts. 

In the very first picture above: it will take you about an hour to climb this path. These steps are considered the most charming and take you past homes of stars like Humphrey Bogart and Bela Lugosi. 

In the second picture above, this set is located in a place called Silver Lake. The stairs are named after the Laurel and Hardy duo, where the two tried to push a piano up the stairs.

And there we have it, So. Cali quirks — from a mode of transportation, to Hollywood shenanigans. And today? Today the historic stairways are a tourist attraction as well as a place for cardiovascular activity.


I nominate Hilary at Positive Letters to carry on the challenge.  I know she’s on a blogging break, but for when she returns. No obligation, of course, only if possible, and here are the rules:

1) post a photo (photos) each day for 5 consecutive days; 2) attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, a paragraph – all entirely up to you; 3) nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation! More importantly, have fun.