January 6: This Date in Los Angeles Transportation History

2000:  A team of archaeologists retained by LACMTA excavated a portion of the historic Campo de Cahuenga in a city park next to the Metro Red Line’s Universal City Station.

The team unearthed and then preserved several portions of the original foundation and floor of an ancient adobe building.

At that site on January 13, 1847, Mexican General Andres Pico signed documents capitulating to U.S. forces under the leadership of Lt. Col. John C. Fremont, an act that laid the groundwork for California to become the nation’s 31st state.

More information can be found in the January 6, 2000 issue of the MyMetro employee news digest and the Second Addendum Report: Archaeological and Historic Investigations at Campo de Cahuenga.