In 1838, the Mexican governor of California deeded the grant for the land that is now Beverly Hills (El Rodeo de las Aguas) to Maria Rita Valdez Villa, the widow of a Spanish soldier. Maria was an Afro Latina, and early California feminist icon. She built an adobe ranch house at what is now the intersection of Sunset Blvd and Alpine Drive, hired a posse of cowboys, and proceeded to raise cattle and horses on the land.
Today, Beverly Hills is one of the most glamorous places in the world to live, play, and shop. The city’s glamour era began in 1919 when Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford had an existing hunting lodge redesigned to become the Pickfair Mansion, leading a wave of movie stars to move into the area. The Speedway, a huge, banked wooden racetrack constructed in the Roaring 20s, was the venue for races comparable to today’s Indy 500 that were broadcast nationwide via radio.
After World War II, the Golden Triangle, with Rodeo drive at its center, was constructed and marketed to the world as an exclusive shopping destination. The Beverly Wilshire and other glamorous hotels opened to attract visitors from across the globe. The mystique of Beverly Hills as a place of wealth, beauty, and abundance has continued into the 21st Century.
Trusted Colorectal Surgeon in Beverly Hills
Zuri A. Murrell, M.D. is board-certified colorectal surgeon serving Beverly Hills and the surrounding areas. He has been voted by his peers and featured in Los Angeles Magazine as Top Doctor for Colon and Rectal Surgeries in 2015 and 2016. He performs colonoscopy, anal rejuvenation, and minimally invasive procedures to treat colon and rectal conditions including: