Introducing Esotouric's Deep Los Angeles History Channel

If you’re looking for our streaming webinar videos, there’s a separate Substack channel where it’s all Los Angeles lore, all the time. Video topics include true crime, literature, landmarks, cemeteries, legacy businesses, historic preservation, crafting, neon signs, infrastructure, photography and the movies. Scroll down for the full catalogue.

We’re your L.A. obsessed hosts, Kim Cooper and Richard Schave of Esotouric, native Angeleno tour guides, preservationists, mystery novelists, guidebook authors, map makers and bloggers. If you’ve got 11 minutes, you can get to know us by watching Nick Coles’ award-winning short documentary, True Love / True Crime on An American Bus.

Whether you’re a native in love with this unlikely city at world’s end, or if you’re new in town and wonder what all the fuss is about, these 2-to-3 hour webinars are guaranteed to reveal the secret nets that hold Los Angeles together and where you fit in. Each one is an immersive time travel trip illustrated with photos drawn from special collections libraries and archives, many of them unpublished, and featuring original research insights you won’t find anywhere else.

You can sign up for one month of unlimited streaming video for $50, or a full year for $100. When you subscribe, or gift a subscription, you’ll directly support the advocacy work we do every day, to tell the stories of places that matter, designate new landmarks, assist and amplify grassroots preservation campaigns and call out the corruption that hurts the city we love. We also offer souvenirs you can hold in your hands, and gift certificates good on Esotouric tours.


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TRUE CRIME: Black Dahlia DaysHotel CecilSunset BoulevardThe West Side13 Uncanny Crimes & Mysteries1910 L.A. Times Bombing with Det. Mike Digby

BOOKS & THE MOVIES: Raymond ChandlerCharles BukowskiBirth of NoirJohn Fante’s Bunker HillJohn Bengtson's Silent Echoes in Westlake

LOS ANGELES: The Bradbury BuildingThe Dutch Chocolate ShopTunnelsBunker HillGrand Central MarketAngels Flight RailwayProgrammatic ArchitectureCafeteriasPershing SquareGeorge Mann’s 3-D PhotosCrawford’s MarketsArchitecture of DeathHistoric Preservation 1900s-1980sPaul R. Williams, ArchitectSaving South L.A. LandmarksStorybook ArchitectureDowntown Treasure HuntWilshire BoulevardPreserving Art DecoDowntown ArtistsFourth & MainLlano del Rio Desert Utopian ColonyVictorian RelicsElysian ParkMaking Miniature LandmarksVintage StreetlightsNeon SignsFreewaysBoyle HeightsRancho Los Amigos Poor Farm

ROAD TRIPPING: Visits with Preservation Pals in the Ohio River Valley