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The Cove, Pacific Palisades, California. Image taken 1909-1911. No bikinis, thongs or speedos here!

The Cove, Pacific Palisades, California. Image taken No bikinis, thongs or speedos here!

This one-lane road along the coast north of Santa Monica, seen here in 1905 courtesy of the Photo Collection – Los Angeles Public Library, eventually became Southern California's famed Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH.

Photos of L.A.'s Most Famous Streets When They Were Dirt Roads

This one-lane road along the coast north of Santa Monica, seen here in 1905 courtesy of the Photo Collection – Los Angeles Public Library, eventually became Southern California's famed Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH.

Los Angeles County Courthouse in 1898. Courtesy of the California Historical Society Collection, USC Libraries.

Los Angeles County Courthouse in Courtesy of the California Historical Society Collection, USC Libraries.

The Cahuenga Pass in 1897. (LAPL)

Three cyclists on the Cahuenga Pass, Los Angeles, :: California Historical Society Collection,

Early version of the California Incline, 1905. The California Incline is a slanted road in Santa Monica, California, connecting Ocean Avenue with the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). It technically runs along California Avenue, a major east-west street in Santa Monica.

View of the Santa Monica shoreline from Palisades Park, circa The tracks of the Los Angeles & Independence R. run where Pacific Coast Highway is today. To the right, a motorcar ascends an early version of the California Incline.

Workers plant palm trees on Wilshire Boulevard between Western and Wilton in 1926. Courtesy of the Security Pacific National Bank Collection, Los Angeles Public Library.

Workers plant palm trees on Wilshire Boulevard between Western and Wilton in Courtesy of the Security Pacific National Bank Collection, Los Angeles Public Library.

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