Part seaside mirage, part gritty marketplace, Los Angeles was in the business of selling dreams long before the first Hollywood director yelled “Action!” As they searched for grazing land, oil, gold, and social utopias, early arrivals scripted fables that have been reprised by the entrepreneurs, athletes, publishers, and movie moguls of the last hundred years. In this wide-ranging set of 48 cards, the focus is on Los Angeles County—home to nearly 10 million people—with occasional forays to such outlying zones as Disneyland and the Pacific Ocean. In L.A.’s overlapping communities, strung along beaches, through valleys, across mountains, you’ll witness high-speed car chases, a scientific breakthrough, the birth of a sex symbol, and the death of a candidate. You’ll find out what’s stuck in the La Brea Tar Pits, how a search for wild onions led to gold, and what movie Woodrow Wilson compared to “writing history with lightning.” Each card shows a map detail and presents an address and date. On the reverse is a concise essay detailing What Happened There. This deck’s solid scholarship and lucid, casual writing will please Angelenos, visitors, and armchair travelers alike.