Recently — and to their surprise — Metro contractors found a late 19th Century jaw bone from a cow about six to eight feet below Wilshire Boulevard near the future Wilshire/La Cienega Station for the Purple Line Extension. Unlike some of the Pleistocene-era fossils found as part of the project, this one isn’t that old. But it’s certainly interesting.
This is not the first discovery involving ranching history in Beverly Hills. During pre-construction for the project in Dec. 2015, paleontologists found a partial cow skeleton with portions of the spine, forelimb and hind limb intact. And this past April, workers found a shovel blade, two horseshoes, one long bar and one bolt — likely components of a wagon — along with other bits and pieces of century-old ranching and farming tools (see the pics below).
The site of the future Wilshire/La Cienega Station was once part of the 4,539-acre Rancho Rodeo de la Aguas until the late 1800s, according to “Land in California, the Story of Mission Lands, Ranchos, Squatters, Mining Claims, Railroad Grants, Land Scrip and Homesteads.” Beverly Hills began zoning vacant land for commercial use in the early 1900s.
As major construction activities continue at Wilshire/La Cienega, more discoveries are expected that will help add to our region’s historical record.