Ruins of Southern California Los Angeles Area

So after posting about the Sunken City, I began thinking about the various ruins and ruined things scattered acros Southern California. Personally, I only know of three of them, but I am sure that there are many more that I am ignorant of.

Here is what I have so far:

The Ocean Is Eating This Place1. Sunken City: Remains of a neighborhood perched upon a cliff in San Pedro, now falling apart more and more with each rainstorm. Many pieces of sidewalk and street are scattered at crazy angles throughout the area.

Hull of the Dominator2. The Dominator: The wreck of the Greek freighter, Dominator, which crashed just off the coast of Palos Verdes. The rusting hull paints the shoreline rocks orange as oxidization takes its inevitable course.

Remains of Echo House3. Echo Mountain House: The remains of a mountaintop resort above Altadena. A century ago there was transport to the top, and a railway up here. Now we just see hotel’s foundation and giant rusting gears.

Belmont TunnelUPDATE: 4. Belmont Tunnel: A trolley tunnel cum graffiti yard/tarrasca court, seen in many movies, and recently deceased despite the best efforts to Save Belmont. You can check out the history on Graffiti Archaeology though or the Belmont Tunnel group on Flicka.

Old ZooUPDATE: 5. Old Zoo: The former site of the Los Angeles Zoo, in Griffith Park, which was closed in 1965 and everything was moved upstream to the current locale. No animals anymore. Just empty cages and picnic tables. Thanks Krazydad!

So what else is there? If you know of any more(and I am sure there plenty), please add em on to the comments, and let’s see what archaeological wonders are in our own backyard!

12 thoughts on “Ruins of Southern California Los Angeles Area”

  1. It may not be a ship or a house, but theres a (I’m guessing) mid-1960s car’s chassis next to an old water tank up by Castle Peak in Woodland/West Hills.

    It’s pretty in that “Nothing but Flowers” by Talking Heads sort of way.

  2. In Runyon Canyon there are the ruins of the old Huntington Hartford estate (often referred to as Errol Flynn’s estate as he visited often)…they include old foundations and the tennis court. Hartford commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a cottage hotel which never came to fruition but the foundations of the architect’s pool pavilion are still visible at Inspiration Point.

  3. how about the bridge to nowhere…. also there are tons of abandoned mines in the Mojave, but I’m not sure if that qualifies as LA… actually I’m sure that doesn’t qualify as LA!

  4. you know its funny. i was just thinking about how wide of a swath “southern california” is. so i will cut it down to LA County-ish. you mention the mojave, and yes indeed i thought of that just now, and realized there is infinite stuff out there.

  5. There’s the Bronson Canyon Park “caves” in the Hollywood Hills. I believe the site was originally a quarry but has gone on to appear in countless films.

    Here’s a link to a low-rez image of my wife and dog walking through the same arch where John Wayne captures Natalie Wood in “The Searchers”:

  6. There’s the Frank Lloyd Wright ruins on Glencoe up in Los Feliz. One of these rains and there won’t be any more.

  7. What about…

    … The rail road tracks that peak through the asphalt on Alameda east of the Civic Center and throughout the industrial area there (long since abandoned, of course).
    … The remenants of a former “Red Car bridge” in the hills of Silver Lake/Atwater at Riverside Drive & Glendale. (There are TVs on them now.)
    …the Campo de Cahuenga foundations, across Lankershim from Universal Studios?
    … Mission Hills’ ancient foundations, as well, found this last year:
    … the “ruins” of Glendale’s “Grand Central Airport,” just north of Griffith Park’s Ferraro Soccer Fields.
    … the lost neighborhoods of LAX, as referenced at Curbed LA.

  8. Between LAX and the ocean there are the remains of a destroyed neighborhood. Actually only the broken up roads remain. The homes were all pulled down when the airport was built. To see the area go to and type in Vista Del Mar & Sandpiper St, Los Angeles, CA. Click on the “Hybrid” button to see the photo and street names.

  9. Other stuff:

    There are remnants of old packing houses left over from Southern California’s citrus industry days. This site talks about them:
    Historic Packing Houses and Other Industrial Structures in Southern California

    There’s also plenty of Pacific Electric/street-car remnants thoughout the L.A. area if you know where to look. Including plenty of abandoned right-of-ways, bridges, power stations, etc.

    I know there is (or was) remnants of at least 1 Cold War era Nike Missile site in the Puente Hills above Brea. More info here:Nike Missile Sites of Los Angeles

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