is was West Los Angeles?
Until 1896, the western edge of the City of Los Angeles was where present-day Hoover Street is located. Hoover would be named for Leonce Hoover (nee Huber), a military surgeon in Napoleon’s army who became a vintner after immigrating to Los Angeles – see The Long and Winding Story of the Streets of Los Angeles.
Look closely at the official Los Angeles County Map below (from 1888 and entered “according to Act of Congress”) and you can see that the southwest corner is labeled “West L.A.“
Forty years later, in 1928, the Los Angeles Times reported that West Los Angeles denoted a far larger area many miles west:
Early in the next century, the Los Angeles Times’ “Mapping L.A.” Project would label only a tiny fraction of that area tiny area “”West Los Angeles”: the section of the City of Los Angeles between Santa Monica, Beverly Glen, Pico, and Sepulveda boulevards