NO. 656 BELLA UNION HOTEL SITE - Near this spot stood the Bella Union Hotel, long a social and political center. Here, on October 7, 1858, the first Butterfield Overland Mail stage from the east arrived 21 days after leaving St. Louis. Warren Hall was the driver, and Waterman Ormsby, a reporter, the only through passenger.
Fletcher Bowron Square, 300 block of N Main, between Temple and Aliso Sts, Los Angeles
The Bella Union was L.A.'s first hotel. It also served as California's first Capital Building and a courthouse. The "Los Angeles Star" was published there.