After each clue you can read up about some facts and stories of the area you have just visited. Or just skip straight to the next clue below this:
Clue 2 Facts & Stories
(You can also find these at the end)
Facts about Los Angeles
When LA was founded in 1781, the city’s full name was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula.” (Spanish “The town of our lady queen of the angels on the Porciuncula River.”) By the 20th century this had been shorten to Los Angeles (The angels).
Santa Monica Pier
The pier which is at the end of Route 66 was originally designed to protect a sewage pipe that dumped treated sewage into the ocean.
LA and oil
In 1892, oil was discovered near what is now Dodger Stadium. y 1923, Los Angeles produced one quarter of the world’s oil. It still sits atop the third largest oil field in the USA.
Venice Beach and Oil
In the 1920s Venice was incorporated into Los Angeles, and being tapped for black gold. As noted, "Through much of the 20th century, oil derricks towered over homes, schools, golf courses, and even orange groves across the Los Angeles Basin... but perhaps nowhere was the change as striking as at the region's beaches." In Venice, the canals were filled in, and worst of all the beach was converted into an oilfield.
By the 1970s most of the wells were capped and by the 1990s the beach oilfield was finally depleted. In 1991, the LA Times reported that "the last remaining oil wells on Venice Beach are capped, the Houston company that operated them is in financial trouble and the city of Los Angeles may get stuck spending $2 million to restore the one-acre patch to beach-goers." There were 10 wells left at that time near the Venice Pavilion.
Below: the oil fields of Venice beach before it became the famous hotspot.
Click out of 3D mode and into 2D by clicking on the 2D icon in the bottom right corner just once.
Zoom out your view to a height of 10,000m / 10km.
Follow this road inland and through some of the cities most famous neighbourhoods.
Notice where it bears right and sets on a east west course.
At this point stop
Look in the area which is north of this road and boxed in by the hills to the north & west and the 101 highway to the east.
Find the only American sports field in this area.
Tip - zoom in and out on any suspect locations.
What sport is played on this field? We are looking for the 2 words which is internationally commonly used describe this sport.
Did you know - why this sports field looks like this?
This sport was essentially rugby until 1882, when new rules were established that gave each team three tries to advance the ball five yards. That’s also why the field looks like a gridiron. Lines had to be established so teams knew how far they had to go.
Zoom into a height of 200m above the western end of this sports field.
Scan northwards and stop at the first main road running east west (the one with multiple lanes in each direction and shares its name with this famous area).
The building on the other side of this street is very famous in regards to films.
Click into street view mode by clicking once on the human icon and identify the blue circle shown here:
Click once on this blue circle so you enter the photo.
In this photo you will see white arrows like this:
Answer the following 2 questions, each correct answer will provide you with a single word - ensure you make a note of this word.
Click once on the white arrow pointing west
Look around this photo at the names written in the stars. Who here fits this criteria?
They were born in 1958 in Indiana.
They have been in the news for good and bad reasons.
They died in 2009 in Los Angeles.
Click once on the white arrow pointing back east
In the next photo there will be 2 arrows pointing east, click once on the upper east arrow.
In the next photo there will again be 2 arrows pointing east, click once on the lower east arrow.
Look around this photo at celebrity hand prints. Who here fits this criteria?
They were born in New York in 1946.
Amongst other films they have starred in a famous action movie franchise.
Did you know - why the stars, why the hand prints and why the Chinese Theatre?
TCL Chinese Theatre
The original Chinese Theatre opened in 1927 by Sid Grauman was commissioned following the success of the nearby Grauman's Egyptian Theatre. Both are in Exotic Revival style architecture inspired by Gauman's trip around the world where he was inspired by Chinese and Egyptian architecture.
The Forecourt of the Stars (Hand prints in front of the Chinese Theatre)
The tradition began by accident, while the finishing touches were being put on the Chinese Theatre, an actress stepped in the wet cement on her way to see Sid Grauman's new building. Grauman decided it was a wonderful way to have a permanent record of the stars, and began inviting selected film personalities to put their hand and footprints in concrete. Grauman himself made the choices; the tradition continued after his death using a secret system for choosing celebrities. Today there are so many that they are displayed in the forecourt on a rotation system with the rest stored within the theatre.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame
The idea originated in 1953 from the then president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce as a means to "maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world." Today there are over 2500 names on a 1.3 mile stretch and to get one you first need to be nominated.
Type the 2 words revealed from the correct answers in the Google Earth search bar. Bring up the search bar by clicking on this magnifying glass icon .
Typing this in will bring up a series of options under 'Places' click on the top one.
This will move your screen to a nearby famous location and set it spinning around it in 3D.
An information box on the landmark will appear, close this by clicking on the X.
Click onto street view mode by clicking once on the human icon.
Click into the closest photo south west of the landmark.
This will bring you into an aerial photo of this landmark (if you are not in this photo then re-do the previous steps until you are).
Look around this photo and answer the following question, use the answer as the password to access the next clue.
Start by looking at the Hollywood sign, spin around in a clockwise direction and find the following locations. The password is the number of times you pass back past the Hollywood sign in doing this - remember to always continue in a clockwise motion and count as you pass back around the sign.
Did you know - why the Hollywood sign was built?
The sign was erected in 1923 and originally read "HOLLYWOODLAND". Its purpose was to advertise the name of a new segregated housing development in the hills above the Hollywood district of Los Angeles:
After the rise of cinema in L.A during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the sign became an internationally recognised symbol and was left there.
Rotate clockwise from the Hollywood sign until you find the Hollywood Bowl:
Did you know - The Hollywood bowls first ever concert was performed on a barn door?
A piano concert by Gertrude Ross and Anna Ruzena Sprotte in 1920 was the first event ever held at the Hollywood Bowl. The duo used an old barn door as the stage, as show here:
Continue clockwise from here until you find the LA financial district:
Did you know - the tallest building in LA?
Is the Wilshire Grand Centre built in 2017, located in the financial district. At 340m it is also the tallest building in California ahead of San Francisco's Salesforce Tower of 330m.
Continue clockwise from here until you spot this snow capped mountain in the San Gabriel Mountain Range:
Did you know - San Gabriel mountain range?
These mountains separate the basin of Los Angeles in the south from the Mojave Desert in the north. Mount San Antonio is the highest point in the mountains range, standing 10,064 feet (3,067 m) tall.
How many times have you past the Hollywood sign? Don't count the starting point.