California is famous for the 1849 Gold Rush, but how many people realize that its gold paid for one-fourth of the Union’s Civil War expenses? The state’s important but sometimes overlooked role in the conflict gave West Hollywood a Civil War history of its own – and no, it has nothing to do with the making of “Gone with the Wind.”

• The city’s main connection to the War Between the States has all the makings of an Old West tall tale. An Army experiment begun before the war was testing camels’ suitability for military missions when it was abandoned because of the conflict. Camels that weren’t bought at auction were set free to roam Rancho La Brea, where they terrorized livestock and wild animals for several decades.

• Another link to the war is that a historic city street carries the family name of a Confederate army soldier ...

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