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15 Pershing Square & The Biltmore

Pershing Square & The Biltmore

Pershing Square & The Biltmore
Pershing Square is the oldest park in the city. It was created in 1866. And the original idea was to make it kind of Central Park for the whole of Los Angeles, a little bit like Central Park for New York. But this one, of course, is a little bit smaller. It was very popular gathering place for all sorts of people. It was a bit like a tropical jungle back then with banana trees and palm trees and even birds of paradise here. But then in the 1950s the whole thing was dug up to make a car park underneath, and sadly it never regained its former glory. Those banana plants and palm trees, well they went on to have a new life in Disneyland decorating the jungle cruise ride. The Biltmore Hotel here was constructed in 1823. It was the most luxurious and largest hotel in the whole west. It's seen quite a lot of interesting events and famous faces over the years like John F. Kennedy. He was nominated for president here. The Beatles on their first tour of the U.S.A. and they stayed here also. Flew in by helicopter. And if you know those gold statuettes from the Oscars, well it's thought they were created here as well. The MGM's art director Cedric Gibbons was attending an event and he got a little bit bored. And he sketched the design for one on the back of the hotel napkin.
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