Local Shot Spots – Old LA Zoo

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Old LA Zoo
Old LA Zoo
Old LA Zoo
Old LA Zoo

The Griffith Park Zoo in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA, opened in 1912 with 15 animals. The LA Daily News called the zoo an “inadequate, ugly, poorly designed and under-financed collection of beat-up cages.” It was closed in 1966 and the animals were moved to the new zoo several miles away. Rather than being torn down, it was simply abandoned and quickly decayed into modern “ruins”. Some of the “rock” animal enclosures are now the backdrop for a picnic area. You can hike up into the hills to find other enclosures and buildings. Map


Local Shot Spots – Point Fermin Lighthouse

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Point Fermin Lighthouse
Point Fermin Lighthouse

This graceful Stick Style Victorian building in San Pedro, CA, is surrounded by colorful flower gardens. Designed by Paul J. Pelz, a draftsman for the US Lighthouse Board, it is one to the oldest lighthouses on the west coast. It was built in 1874 with lumber from California redwoods and served as an aid to safe passage between the Channel Islands and into the harbor for nearly one hundred years. The land for the lighthouse was donated by Jose Diego Sepulveda. Website