Micheltorena Street

As early as 1855, L.A. city planners decided to name five streets after Mexican governors of pre-statehood California: Pico, Alvarado, Figueroa, Echandia (sic), and Micheltorena. These were “paper roads” for many years; Micheltorena Street may not have been opened until 1886. In any case, Manuel Micheltorena (c. 1802-1853) governed from 1842 until 1845. He hailed from Mexico’s Oaxaca state and his outsider status did not endear him to the Californios, who preferred the native-born and recently deposed Alvarado. To make matters worse, Micheltorena brought with him some 300 soldiers – said to be ex-convicts – whose debased and violent conduct terrorized the local populace. He was ousted after Alvarado defeated his men at the bloodless Battle of Providencia and went back to Mexico with his tail between his legs.