Did ya know that near Union Station was the village of Yangna back in the days of the Tongva Nation? That name means “Place of the Poison Oak” and fortunately the settlers of the area saw fit to rename us to Los Angeles. Need more history this month? You just need to simply meander over to the Militant Angeleno blog where he is celebrating 230 years of Los Angeles city-hood with a giant history lesson on the native peoples who first inhabited the area.
He has several posts, the one I found most fascinating was the map of Tongva Villages overlaid onto a map of the L.A. area. Militant Angeleno went as far as to take that map and list the villages by name and the modern city built over them. I just wish I lived in one of those cities that had a Tongva name, I’d go as far as using it as my official city of residence instead of the current name…mail would still get to me using the zip code but how fun would that be to pay homage the natives that were here first and confusing stalkers at the same time.