Has one of the old Times buildings been unearthed? A structure recently uncovered in downtown L.A. could be the basement or foundation of the old Times building that once stood at North Broadway and West 1st Street, the site of a bloody chapter in the paper’s history. 

Reporter Howard Blume writes about the 1910 bombing of the building by militant unionists

The paper had opened for business in a nearby location as the Los Angeles Daily Times on Dec. 4, 1881, one of a number of newspapers in the bustling town, and not widely regarded as the best — especially in the view of labor organizers. The paper was virulently anti-union in its editorial policy and practices.

In 1886, at a cost of $50,000, Col. Harrison Gray Otis opened The Times’ second building, a three-story brick and granite structure, at the site now being developed. A more compact six-story adjacent structure housed the printing plant by 1910.

At 1 a.m. on Oct. 1, 1910, a dynamite charge exploded just outside the building and nearby gas lines sparked a disastrous fire.

In the city room, three people were killed or fatally injured, according to an official exhibit in the L.A. Times Globe Lobby. Two died in the telegraph room; 16 in the linotype and composing room. Eight bodies were found at the bottom of a freight elevator shaft.

The newspaper had trouble getting the numbers to add up — various published accounts over the decades put the death toll between 20 and 30.

The newspaper did not miss a day — another paper offered the use of its presses.

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Photo: The building that housed the Times starting in 1886 and was destroyed in the 1910 bombing. Credit: Los Angeles Times