The fine folks over at LA as Subject (one of my all-time favorite blogs) and KCET (another one!) have posted a fantastic introduction to the history of the Angeles National Forest as we know it.
The post traces the mountains’ industrial and recreational uses and early experience with the national conservation movement (The San Gabriel Timberland Reserve was one of first 15 forest reserves established by President Benjamin Harrison between 1891-1892), and offers some great insight and plenty of historical photos from some familiar landscapes.
If you’re even mildly interested in the history of L.A.’s Great Backyard, this post is worth a read. Nice work (again), guys!