All Streams Flow Into the Sea – LA River

New International Version (
All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.

Ecclesiastes 1:7

I don’t usually quote passages from the Bible, but I thought it fitting with this short blog about the Los Angeles River.

I was reminded of the Los Angeles River and its Concrete Nature, which in turn reminded me of “The Cats”, but we’ll save them until later on in this blog.


Why worry about the LA River? Well, it isn’t a river at all. It is classified as a flood control channel, because after a flood in 1938, someone decided to pave the sides with concrete.


You might recognize the bridge in this photo, taken in 1938 before the concrete:

dayton avenue bridge

Dayton Avenue Bridge (Dayton Avenue doesn’t exist anymore!)

I’m sure, I’ve seen it in NCIS, but it was located in Virginia instead!

Here is another thing you might remember seeing:


From the movie: Grease

Numerous films, television programs, music videos, and video games have featured various sites along the Los Angeles River. Since the River is a trickle for much of the year and the culvert is dry, it is often used for races, car chases, gang rumbles, and other scenes requiring an open, deserted setting within the city.

Perhaps the most memorable such scene involving the river is the extended, three vehicle chase sequence in 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Others include Transformers, Last Action Hero, The Gumball Rally, Chinatown, Them!, The Core, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, In Time, It’s Alive, L.A. Story, Grease, Point Blank, Repo Man, Fear The Walking Dead, The Italian Job, Point Break, Gone in 60 Seconds, To Live and Die in L.A., Blood In Blood Out, Cleopatra Jones, Blue Thunder, I Got The Hook Up and Drive. Video games include the racing game Midnight Club: Los Angeles and the action-adventure games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto V (both of which feature depictions of the river within the fictional city of Los Santos).

All of the above photos including the above text were found here:

I only included this in my Travel Blog, because of Cats.

When I used to live in LA and would be returning to/leaving from there, my father would point out the LA River and how someone had painted Cat Faces on the floor control doors leading into the LA River.

“Where are the Cats, Dad?” I’d ask each time. He should have replied, “Está Aquí” – It is here – in true LA fashion!

He chose English, which is what we all spoke, and what was just fine with the rest of us.

Here is a website about those Cats:

and a photo or two, loaned from Google Pictures

Está Aquí!



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