Abandoned Earthquake Ruins – Olive View Hospital

Lex sez:

As a child growing up in Southern California, I was always fascinated with earthquakes.  In particular, I was interested in the February 9, 1971 earthquake which measured 6.6 on the Richter scale and had an epicenter in Sylmar.

It happened before I was born and my parents always talked about how scary it was living in a nearby North Hollywood apartment with a newborn baby!  Continue reading

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An Abandoned Utopia – Llano Del Rio

Neek sez:

Big stone pillars can be seen on the highway leading to Pearblossom in the Mojave Desert.  The ruins are part of an old utopian colony called Llano Del Rio (Plain of River in Spanish ) and this was going to be one interesting place to explore.

Llano Del Rio was a failed socialist utopian colony that was active from 1914 to 1918 in the California desert and it really intrigued me as to why anyone would attempt to create a living in such a desolate environment.  Continue reading

Abandoned Western Movie Ranch – Corriganville Part 2 – Robin Hood Lake

Lex sez:

It was still hot and sunny returning to Corriganville.  We knew from what the docent at Santa Susana Depot explained that Robin Hood Lake was to the right of the parking area.  Neek and I hiked out there and after about five minutes we came upon the dried out man-made lake.

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We could see the concrete housing structure that had been used during the 40s and 50s for filming underwater sequences for movies and TV shows.  It was a steep walk down the lake bottom.  Continue reading