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LAistory: Val Verde, The 'Black Palm Springs'

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Although Los Angeles is by most standards a young city, it is a city full of history, regardless. In LAist's past we've looked at the mysterious Spider Pool ruins, the life of James M. Wood, and Campo de Cahuenga, but have barely scratched the surface. Today we're introducing a new feature on the site, LAistory, which will take us on a journey to what came before to help us understand where we are today.

We begin in a northern corner of LA County, in a small town tucked in the Santa Clarita Valley called Val Verde. Here rests a piece of history that is often left unmentioned or obscured because it reflects a time when equality was not a reality, and when segregation made way for separation out of necessity...and was celebrated.