Wild West

Long before Hollywood imagined the Wild West, Los Angeles was a real frontier town of gunslingers, lynch mobs, and smoke-belching locomotives. This episode examines L.A.'s efforts to reckon with its violent past by examining hanging trees, remnants of vigilant justice, the massacre of eighteen Chinese immigrants that took place in 1871 near what is now Olvera Street, and railroad promotional campaigns that painted a picture of Los Angeles as a verdant paradise.

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