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JULY 2001

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"To the casual visitor, this sprawling metropolis seems almost incredible. Its huge size and fast pace leave him open-mouthed," wrote George W. Long about Los Angeles. His article "New Rush to Golden California" was published in June 1954. This photograph of the Hollywood Freeway—perhaps meant to illustrate what passed for traffic-clogged highways of the time—was obtained by the Geographic that same year. "A vast system of express highways, or freeways, laces this great urban mass together," Long wrote. "Traffic roars endlessly on these arteries at 55 miles an hour (90 kph) or more. . . . This is a city on wheels." This photograph has never before been published in the magazine.

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