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    Rosamond~EEBC's Feline Conservation Center

    by Yaqui Written Oct 26, 2013

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    This is a very wonderful place to visit for the family to educate them in the importance of animal conservation. It is a world renowned for it works in breeding endagered species of felines. They are also know to rescue felines who can no longer be taken care of by previous owners, which many make the mistake on taken on such responsibility. They have many types of tours or events so please checkout the website for more information. They are all kept in special enclosures. They have over 60 wild cats ranging from leopards, tigers, and jaguars. It is very educational to learn so much about such a wonderful majestic animals.

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    San Pedro~Home of USS IOWA

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 26, 2013

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    June 27, 1940 the keel was laid at New York Naval Shipyard, in Brookl New York. It was launched on August 27 1942 by Sponsor Mrs. Mary A. Wallace, wife of the Vice President. USS Iowa has served this country proudly from 1942, till it was decommissioned 26 October 1990. It has a very fast and amazing history. Now USS Iowa serves as a maritime museum that has 46,000 square feet of teak decks, enormous engine rooms, huge galley that fed 3,000 sailors a day, a sophisticated gunnery, fire control room, armor belt over 16-inches thick, and, a 16 inch, 50 caliber rifles that could hurl a 2,700 pound shell almost 24 miles. U.S.S. Iowa holds the record at 26.9 miles. 

You can either do a self tour or take advantage of a docent led tour. It is located in amazing harbor and views.

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    Kelso~Depot & Visitor Center

    by Yaqui Updated Oct 25, 2013

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    Kelso Depot Visitor Center has loads of information, exhibits, orientation film, art gallery, bookstore, restrooms, lunch counter, water, picnic area. You have to see it to really appreciate it!



    Hours of Operation
Open daily (except Christmas Day), 9 a.m.–5 p.m.


    Entrance Fee~Free

    

In August 1900, Utah Senator William A. Clark, a wealthy mine owner, bought a small railway in Los Angeles. With this purchase, he then started construction on what would become the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad. In 1902, UP made a deal with Clark and purchased half the stock of the railroad before it was even completed.

Construction of the line, known as the Salt Lake Route, began at the two ends near Salt Lake and Los Angeles and spread across the Mojave Desert in between.

    By 1905, the route had grown to nearly 235 track miles and reached Siding #16. The site gained its present name when two warehouse- men put their names into a hat along with that of a third worker, John Kelso. They drew out a name and Siding #16 was renamed “Kelso.”

By the end of 1905, the track stretched from the west coast port of San Pedro to Salt Lake City, giving UP access to markets in southern California. Later, UP persuaded Senator Clark to sell his stock in the Salt Lake Route, giving UP full ownership of the line.

The first depot at Kelso opened in 1905, followed a few months later by a post office, an engine house, and an “eating house” to serve railroad employees and passengers on trains without dining cars. Over time, the town grew as more workers were needed and their families moved to Kelso to join them.



    Railroad civil engineers in Los Angeles drew up plans in 1923, labeling the drawing “Kelso Club House & Restaurant.” For UP, a “Club House” was a company rooming and boarding house with recreational facilities (in later years the building was commonly called the Kelso Depot). The building would have a conductor’s room, telegraph office, baggage room, dormitory rooms for staff, boarding rooms for railroad crewmen, a billiard room, library, and locker room.

    Construction started in 1923 and the depot opened in 1924.

 Originally, the restaurant (sometimes called “The Beanery”) and telegraph office were operated around the clock. This continued through the boom years of the 1940s and ‘50s, when Kaiser’s Vulcan mine contributed to Kelso’s growth. In those years the population grew to nearly 2,000. When the mine closed, and diesel engines replaced steam, jobs and families moved away from Kelso. The depot function ended in 1962, although the restaurant and boarding rooms remained in use.

    In 1985, with a dwindling need for crew members to eat or stay overnight, UP decided to close the Kelso Depot. 

With the passage of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994, the East Mojave National Scenic Area became Mojave National Preserve, and the Depot passed into the hands of the National Park Service. Renovation began in 2002. Kelso Depot reopened to the public as the primary visitor center for Mojave National Preserve in October 2005.

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    Irvine~Turtle Rock

    by Yaqui Written Oct 25, 2013

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    Archeological research establishes prehistoric man in the Irvine area at least 12,000 years ago, possibly even 18,000 years ago. Scattered evidence of early campsites and rock shelters can be seen in the undeveloped parts of the city where they establishing dozens of villages. This rock has the shape of the front of a turtle's carapace and is considered very sacred and was used for ceremonial purposes. It is located with the Turtle Rock nieghboorhood.

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    Goffs~ Goffs Schoolhouse 1914

    by Yaqui Written Oct 25, 2013

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    The plaque reads: The first school in Goffs opened its doors for the fall term in 1911 serving the needs of cattle ranches, mining districts, homesteaders, the railroad, and, most of all, the people supporting expanding travel on the National Old Trails Road – Later U. S. Highway 66. A new school, featuring a distinctive mission style, was designed by architect A. Beimer in 1914 and constructed by Tom Ware land donated by H. P. Ware.

The new school house was a source of pride for the community. It served their needs for a community center as well as a school until the spring of 1937 after U. S. Highway 66 was realigned and other factors had diminished the population. It reverted to private ownership in 1938 and became a private residence until 1954. During World War II it was in the midst of a large desert training center army camp-their being more than 10,000 soldiers here at some times. From 1954 to 1982 the building was abandoned. In 1982 Jim and Bertha Wold acquired the property and started restoration. In 1990 further restoration by the Friends of the Mojave Road began.

Placed by The Billy Holcomb Chapter of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E. Clampus Vitus and the Friends of the Mojave Road. (Marker Number 61.)



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    Glendale~Doctors House 1890

    by Yaqui Written Oct 25, 2013

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    The doctors house a Glendale landmark, is named for the three prominent physicians Dr. G.V. Bogue, Dr. D.W. Hunt, and Dr. A.L. Bryant, and for DR. L.H. Hurtt chemist who made it their home one of the few remaining residence of Queen Anne Eastlake style of architecture in Glendale, it was originally located on the northwest corner of Wilson and Belmont. When a permit was issued for its demolition in 1979. A successful rescue effort was initiated by councilman John F. Day, the Glendale Historical Society then organized to assume responsibility. Moved the house to this site in 1980, and began the process of painstaking restoration with the generous assistance of numerous other Glendale organizations businesses and concerned individuals. The resulting museum, a unique asset to our community provides a looking glass into a way of life now lost in time, but not in fond memory.

The House is open for tours every Sunday* from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (the last tour starts at 3:40 pm), with the following exceptions:
*SPECIAL HOLIDAY CLOSURES: New Years Day, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, and Christmas. The house is closed during the entire month of July for maintenance.
*WEATHER-RELATED CLOSURES: The house will also be closed on very rainy days. Check back to this website for updates, although short-notice closures may not get posted in time.
Regular Admission fee: Donations are accepted to help us maintain the home. A minimum donation of $2.00 is recommended for persons over the age of 16. Admission is always free for Glendale Historical Society members.

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    Alphine ~John DeWitt Historic Museum

    by Yaqui Written Oct 25, 2013

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    The John DeWitt Museum and Library s free to all its visitors and is located in the Dr. Sophronia Nichols House. They have many selections of books for sale about the history and its pioneers.

The museum houses are open the last Saturday and Sunday of each month between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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    MOLAA

    by DueSer Written Mar 9, 2013
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    The Museum of Latin American Art (or Mola, as it's called) is a fairly new museum in Long Beach. It's focus is, obviously, art of Latin America. It is has a small permanent collection as well as rotating exhibits. Its striking entrance is eye-catching also. It's strongest feature, however, is its garden. Filled with local native plants and sculptures, it's a beautiful and relaxing place that is often the site of special events. I saw a film festival of Buster Keaton & Fatty Arbuckle films that had been shot in Long Beach in the garden of the MOLAA and enjoyed myself immensely.
    There is also usually a festival every year that's free and offers Latin American artists, cooks, and dancers a chance to show off.
    They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. There is an entrance fee except on Sundays, when it is free.

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    Lone Pine~Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 25, 2011

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    Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film

    What a wonderful compliment to Lone Pines history. A awesome display of local movie history with exhibits, movie posters, costumes (worn by the actual actors), saddles, movie vehicles such as vintage cars and wagons. Lets’ not forget the really cool props used in Tremors and Iron man. It was really cool to walk up to the sand worms fromTremors and be able to touch them…kind of ewwww……lol!

    They even have this wonderful 85 seat theatre that shows a 15 minute film on film history in this area. A really neat gift shop is here too.
    Open:
    Wednesday –Monday
    10am-4pm
    Free, but does accept donations and memorabilia.

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    Los Angels ~Museum of the American West

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This museum was a creation of Gene Autry 1907-1998 the singing cowboy and owner of the Angels baseball team, who wanted to give back to the community of something that was his life and had given him joy and such success during his very long career. His love of the west, movies, radio and culture can be seen and enjoyed here. It is filled with loads of wonderful paintings, sculptures, crafts, artifacts of the days of the westerns movies, TV and radio. It has so much for all ages to see, learn and remember of those by gone days of westerns. My hat is always off as a salute when I visit here. It brings back so many wonderful memories and reminds us all of what hardy stock we ALL come from.

    The museum and Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer Hours: On Thursdays, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum and Museum Store are open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Closed on most Mondays, we are open for Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and New Year's Day. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Hours:
    Museum of the American West
    Griffith Park
    $7.50 for Adults
    $5.00 for students and seniors 60+
    $3.00 for children 2-12

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    Boron ~Col. Vernon P. Saxon Jr. Aerospace Museum

    by Yaqui Written Jun 12, 2009

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    This beautifully done museum has many wonderful displays of material from our surrounding local aerospace history. From the humble beginnings of Muroc community on a dry lake bed to becoming Edwards Air Force Base, Air Force Research Laboratory, and NASA Dryden the premier of Flight Testing and Space Exploration. This museum is providing many educational programs to promote the aerospace engineering to all the surrounding communities. They have so many important archival and historical materials on display. Many families have been very generous to share so much of their loved ones historical accomplishments. I am very impressed with this museum. The F-4 out front I think I worked on too........yikes I am getting old.....lol!

    Open 10am

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    Stanford University - Cantor Arts Center

    by SLLiew Written Oct 8, 2006

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    Stanford University is a beautiful campus worthy of a visit. It is huge and so driving there is the best way of seeing.

    The Cantor Arts Center has an amazing collection of works of art including outdoor display of Rodin sculpture.

    From website:
    "Statement of Purpose:
    Ancient to contemporary art: Asian, African, Oceanic, Native American, pre-Columbian, post-Renaissance European paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs. Stanford family memorabilia.

    Highlights & Collections:
    Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center presents a wide selection of art in 24 galleries plus outdoor gardens, terraces, and courtyards. Its comprehensive collection spans 4000 years, ranging from ancient Egyptian and Chinese to contemporary art. Admission is free. The Center offers free tours, talks, and symposia, in addition to exhibitions."

    Perhaps, while at Stanford University campus, you can check out where Dr. Condy Rice used to teach on the campus.

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    Egyptian Museum at San Jose

    by SLLiew Written Oct 8, 2006

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    Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium

    Was quite pleasantly surprised to visit this educational Eygptian museum that span the entire history of Egypt. Apparently it is largest collection in Western North America.

    There was a Rosetta stone and so many of the artefacts are duplicates, not genuine.

    Nonetheless, it is an interesting museum dedicated to Egyptophiles.

    Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 6:00pm

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    Richard Nixon Library & Burial Site

    by b1bob Updated Apr 24, 2004

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    Pat Nixon's garden at the presidential library

    Clint and I were off to the Richard M. Nixon library and birthplace in Yorba Linda. We took pictures of each other in front of the library. Next, Clint despite my offer to do so, bought the tickets to get in. The library showed us exhibits of his early life, political career, Watergate, his retirement years, and his burial site. The library building is a rectangular marble building designed by the same architect who designed the Getty museum in Los Angeles. My favourite part of the museum was the world leader statuary hall where there were life size statues of world leaders such as Winston Churchill, Nikita Khruschev, Anwar Sadat, Golda Meir, etc. After touring the interior of the library we walked through Pat Nixon's garden.

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    Ronald Reagan Library

    by b1bob Updated May 18, 2003

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    Reagan Library & Museum

    We immediately hit the freeways for the Ronald Reagan library in Simi Valley. It was about an hours' drive from Clint's place to Simi Valley. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Its collection consists of 50 million pages of documents, including records created by the President and White House staff members, approximately 1,5 million still photographs, and over 75.000 gifts. We toured the Reagan library which chronicles his life from his birth in 1911 through to present times. There were written documents and whatnots from his first political race, governor of California, in 1966. There was a replica of a cabinet table where you punch in your "advice" on the computer, then they tell you what Reagan really did. There were exhibits dedicated to the 1981 assassination attempt, the series of summits with Gorbachev in Geneva, Reykjavik, and Washington. Clint, Natasha, and I happened to be there on a day when they rarely show the upstairs private portion. This came with our tickets and we made an appointment to take the 15.00 lift to see the private upstairs. I expected that to really be something special, but it was only office space. After taking the upstairs tour, we hit the gift shop. I found 2 key chains for Javier, shot glasses for Stan and T.K. and 14 postcards for that segment of my list. Clint bought a neck tie with the scales of justice on them. They threw in 2 bags of red, white, and blue jelly beans in the bag with every purchase. Ronald Reagan liked jelly beans when he was president.

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