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West Hollywood History



Want to learn a little about West Hollywood? Did you know it used to be called Sherman? Read on for a quick look into the life and times of West Hollywood.

Want to learn a little about West Hollywood? Did you know it used to be called Sherman? Read on for a quick look into the life and times of West Hollywood.



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    • West Hollywood By B.K. Electric Services SPOTLIGHT ON OUR COMMUNITY:
    • West Hollywood • Before 1984, WeHo was a large piece of unincorporated land by the name of Sherman. • Area was settled in 1896 by railroad workers. • Built along the Pasadena and Pacific railroads connecting Los Angeles to Santa Monica and named “Sherman”. Courtesy of the Title Insurance and Trust / C.C. Pierce Photography Collection,USC Libraries.
    • • Noted as a small working-class town populated by railroad workers and their families. • In 1922, Los Angeles development touched Sherman at what is now San Vincente and Santa Monica. Photo courtesy Arcadia Publishing Company's "Images of America: West Hollywood” by WeHo News editor Ryan Gierach.
    • • Anti-annexationist forces rallied against Los Angeles encroachment. • Sherman financed construction of a sewer system, allowing the city to remain independent. • In 1925, townmembers voted to remain Sherman to West Hollywood to associate it with the glamour of Hollywood. West Hollywood in 1929 Courtesy of the California Historical Society Collection, USC Libraries.
    • • Several attempts to annex West Hollywood were made in 1957, 1960, 1963, and 1966. • In 1984, several new businesses joined the gays and lesbians and an influx of Russian immigrants and elderly formed a coalition. • They voted for incorporation and on November 29, 1984, the City of West Hollywood was born.
    • Facts About WeHo • Covers 1.9 square miles • Features a wild offering at night, thanks to the Sunset Strip • The West Hollywood Library has one of the largest and most extensive collections on LGBT history. • 12 miles from the beach • Bounded by Beverly Hills to the west, Hollywood to the east, Los Angeles to the south, and the Santa Monica Mountains to the north. • 12% of residents are from the former Soviet Union • 1/3 of residents are gay or lesbian
    • Pacific Design Center Inside the WeHo Library West Hollywood Night Life
    • More Info? • Visit the West Hollywood City Site at or • Looking for an electrician in West Hollywood? Contact B.K. Electric Services: • (310) 430 2300 • www.bkelectricservices.com/electrician-west-hollywood/