Cahuenga Pass

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Cahuenga Pass
US Route 101 North entering the Cahuenga Pass.jpg
Northbound US Route 101/Hollywood Freeway entering the Cahuenga Pass
Elevation745 ft (227 m)
Traversed by US 101 (Hollywood Freeway)
LocationLos Angeles, California, United States
RangeSanta Monica Mountains

The Cahuenga Pass (/kəˈwɛŋɡə/ (About this soundlisten); from the indigenous Tongva language), elevation 745 ft (227 m), is a low mountain pass through the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains in the Hollywood Hills district of the City of Los Angeles, California.

The Cahuenga Pass connects the Los Angeles Basin to the San Fernando Valley via U.S. Route 101 (Hollywood Freeway) and Cahuenga Boulevard. It is the lowest pass through the mountains.

It was the site of two major battles: the Battle of Cahuenga Pass in 1831 (a fight between local settlers and the Mexican-appointed governor and his men; two deaths), and the Battle of Providencia or Second Battle of Cahuenga Pass in 1845 (between locals over whether to secede from Mexico; one horse and one mule killed).[1] Both were on the San Fernando Valley side near present-day Studio City, and cannonballs are still occasionally found during excavations in the area.[2] Along the route of the historic El Camino Real, the historic significance of the pass is also marked by a marker along Cahuenga Blvd. which names the area Paseo de Cahuenga.

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  1. ^ "Landmark Events in L.A.'s Minority History". The University of Southern California. Archived from the original on 1999-04-28. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  2. ^ "The Second Battle of Cahuenga Pass and the War Lords of Burbank". Retrieved 2012-05-12.

External links[edit]

Media related to Cahuenga Pass at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°07′28″N 118°20′34″W / 34.12446°N 118.34286°W / 34.12446; -118.34286