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Well of the Scribes $10,000 Reward
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$10,000 Reward for Lost ‘Well of the Scribes’ Sculpture

The Well of the Scribes mysteriously disappeared 50 years ago from the Los Angeles Central Library gardens, but a recent article in Alta led to the return of a section of the famed bronze fountain. Join the search and help recover this valuable piece of history.

An 1856 illustration of San Francisco’s Mission Plank Road.
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Death of a Californio

The mysterious slaying of Francisco Guerrero in 1851 took place as a massive land grab was underway—one that left the Golden State’s Spanish-speaking inhabitants with little.

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‘The Well of the Scribes’ Sculpture Resurfaces

"The Well of the Scribes" mysteriously disappeared 50 years ago from the Los Angeles Central Library gardens, but a recent article in Alta led to the return of a section of the famed bronze fountain. The search for the rest of it heats up.

ILLUSTRATION BY JOHN MATTOS
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The Lost Galleon of the California Desert

A 17th-century Spanish ship and a fortune in pearls are rumored to be buried in the sand of the Colorado Desert.

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Alta Helps Recover L.A. Library Sculpture Missing for 50 Years

Our article led to the discovery of the missing Well of the Scribes—but parts of it are still lost. Join us in finding the rest of this prized bronze.

Replica of the Russian satellite Sputnik.
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Like ‘a Falling Star’ from Outer Space

Delve into the mystery of Sputnik, a $50,000 reward, and a possible government conspiracy.

The Well of the Scribes before it was removed from the outside of the Los Angeles Public Library.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY
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Whatever Happened to the Well of the Scribes?

A prized sculpture of the Los Angeles Central Library disappeared in 1969. The city would like it returned if at all possible. (Late fees will be waived.)

Evelyn Hernandez and her young son Alex.
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A Tale of Two Killings

The stories of Laci Peterson and Evelyn Hernandez suggest that all lives—and deaths—are not equal.

The building that housed the Original Spanish Kitchen, a favorite haunt of Hollywood stars, remained vacant on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles for decades after the restaurant closed.
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Sorry, We’re Closed — For A Few Decades

A favorite of Hollywood stars, L.A.’s Original Spanish Kitchen sat mysteriously vacant for years and years.

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