Highland Avenue

Apparently this Highland isn’t named for its elevation. It’s named for a woman: Highland Mary Price (1865-1901). It sounds like lore, but here are the facts: Highland Mosby was an Illinois native who married Missouri-born Thomas Walter Price (1863-1940) in 1887. The two moved to Hollywood in 1888, where Thomas worked as a blacksmith. (This was pre-automobile L.A., if you can imagine.) They adopted a girl named Myrtle Francis, and Highland passed away on April 10th, 1901 from a brain tumor. By all reports, she was the first person interred at Hollywood Cemetery. The rest is anecdotal, but either shortly before or shortly after Highland Price’s death, her neighbor Mary Moll asked her Hollywood neighbors to name a road in her honor, in exchange for letting said road cut through Moll’s strawberry farm. The Highland Price/Highland Avenue connection was cited by the Los Angeles Times in Thomas Price’s 1940 obituary. While obituaries are not always the most reliable accounts, this one is plausible enough, especially as the Prices had lived on this very road.