L.A.'s Secret Stairs

September 21, 2018
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When it comes to Los Angeles, there’s always something new and exciting to learn about the city. For example, did you know that there are a series of secret stairs LA is known for? These staircases can be found throughout a number of neighborhoods in the city. Many of these staircases can be found in Silverlake, Echo Park, M. Washington and even areas of Hollywood, Santa Monica and as far as Pacific Palisades. If you want to discover more about these stairs, a great place to start is to learn about silverlake, as there are a number of these stairs located in this neighborhood.


During the early days of Los Angeles, these stairs were intentionally created for pedestrians to reach the trolleys, buses and streetcars that were all over the city. In fact, during the early days of L.A., the city actually had an extensive railway system. Since L.A. had a number of hills, early developers made the homes located at the top of the hills and the staircases would provide them easy access to the trolley systems below.


Perhaps one of the most popular staircases in Silverlake is the staircase known as the Music Box Steps. The stairway is separated into two parts and has a total of 705 steps. This stairway gets its name from a 1932 Laurel and Hardy Film that was famous at the time. In the movie, the actors tried to push a piano up the steps between Vendome Street and Descanso Drive. While there are many set of stairs in Silverlake, this one is the only officially designated staircases in the city. You’ll find the Music Box loop located at the corner of Sunset Blvd and Parkman Ave in Silver Lake. If you are looking for an interesting way to explore L.A. neighborhoods, consider going on adventure and finding the secret staircases of L.A.


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