Relive Echo Park Lake's History With These Old School Photos

Echo Park's lake has been around since the 1860s, when it was built as a drinking reservoir.

Thanks to the power of the Internet, now we can see what those hip Echo Parkers of yesteryear were doing at the lake. Turns out it was mostly fishing and sailing little boats. (And also dredging the lake for the occasional dead body.)

Go back in time with us and see the lake long before it reopened as a haven for yoga moms and manbuns. Check out the L.A. Public Library for even more old timey Echo Park fun.