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Los Angeles

Los Angeles, a town, capital of a county of the same name in South California, on the South Pacific Railway, lying between the Sierra Madre and the Pacific, 17 miles from the coast, and on the bank of a stream. It was a flourishing town in the 18th century, and from 1835-46 capital of California, but was taken in the latter year by the United States. It is chiefly renowned for its "wine grapes, and fruit, especially oranges, and has two immense reservoirs for irrigation purposes. It is also a resort for invalids.