The Uniqueness of Geocaching in Los Angeles

12 02 2009

This week, I take you on a photo tour of downtown Los Angeles, featuring its history, architecture, uniqueness, and odd aesthetics. The list of caches found on this tour are at the bottom; it was a day-long odyssey of seeking parking places with f0t0m0m.

HISTORY

The San Antonio Winery, est. 1917, is nestled in the midst of an unscenic industrial neighborhood:
winery

Many of the caches we found were placed by GeoCraig to show us the many historic bridges over the L.A. River:
bridgeplaque

This mural is on the downtown office of the Department of Water and Power, on the site of Fort Moore which was in use during the Mexican-American War, 1846-1848:
mural

Now a chic restaurant, the original firehouse was built in 1912:
engineco28

For my dad, a railroad buff, photos of where they turn the engines at an end station for Amtrak:
turntable1
turntable2

A forever silent remnant of the cold war:
siren1

ARCHITECTURE

The new local high school for the performing arts, adjacent to a Burger King across the street.
highschool

The shape of the block and the building allow for a nice perspective:
cafeperspective

Many old theaters line Broadway:
broadway

Our latest signature building, Disney Hall:
disneyhall

L.A.s original signature building, seen all over film and TV, the Bonaventure Hotel:
bonaventure

The Eastern Airline building has also had lots of screen time:
eastern

Sometimes L.A. does not look like L.A., like here with the quasi-Euro architecture and overcast skies:
euroview

ONLY IN L.A.

The off-color squares are the ends of reinforcement rods placed for earthquake-proofing:
earthquakeproof

Part of our huge flower market, adjacent to the garment district, toy district, Little Tokyo, and skid row:
downtownflowers

A Buddist temple statue:
templestatue

The temple bell – note the Mexican restaurant with Moroccan architecture behind it!
templebell

A bride and groom getting photos done:
brideroad

I couldn’t resist this “drive-by shooting” to catch them more up close!
bride

Of course, there was a commercial being shot on location. This is the featured car and the camera car:
filmshoot

ART
These are just some “artistic” shots I got:

A pigeon on the street light:
pidgeon

Intersection art:
roundart

Neon sign in Japanese with analog clock (I just love this, for some reason):
neonclocksign

I don’t know why my camera turned the lights green, but the 2nd St. Tunnel is also commonly seen in film and TV:
2ndsttunnel

Elegant architecture:
buildingasart

Here’s our cache find list:
Riverside-Figueroa Street Bridge 1939
Buena Vista Viaduct 1911
Score For The Ohana Pod #20
Main Street Bridge 1910
San Antonio
Another Homage to William Inge
Mer-Lion
Ft. Moore Returns–Filling in the Gaps
Cathedral–Filling in the Gaps
Court of Flags-Civic Mall–Filling in the Gaps
Central HS #9–Filling in the Gaps
Gojira!
Bradbury Building–Filling in the Gaps
AT&T Sculpture–Filling in the Gaps
MOCA–Filling in the Gaps
Going to the Movies–Filling in the Gaps
Civil Defense–Filling in the Gaps
I Hate This Sign–Filling in the Gaps
Engine Company No 28–Filling in the Gaps Broadway–Filling in the Gaps
Blue Balls 2.0
Cat and Dog
Old Latrobe
First Street Bridge 1929
Fourth Street Bridge 1930
Seventh Street Bridge 1927
Eat Your Veggies!
Olympic Blvd Bridge 1925
The Tables Have Turned
Washington Blvd Bridge 1931

Until next week, cache on! …. and enjoy the uniqueness of wherever you are….

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6 responses

14 02 2009
Martina

Greate picts amazing tour. If I ever come to LA I will let u know. If you ever come to Germany/ Frankfurt give me a quick note. We will go on caching tour!

Cu, Martina

Are you involved to read my blog? Cource of you wanted me to take you on blogroll. Hopfully you could, rofl

14 02 2009
Chris

What an eclectic mix! Amazing photos! You made me feel as if I was there too.

14 02 2009
EMC of Northridge, CA

Thanks, Chris! I’ve been successful then! :)

15 02 2009
golfgunny

Your “quasi Euro” pic looks almost exactly like the hotel I stayed in in Cyprus.

Great shots.

13 01 2010
Lawrence

Hi EMC, nice essay about the downtown Los Angeles center. I am impressed that you included such missed spots like the Fort Moore Memorial which most people don’t see and the clock at First and San Pedro. I am Lawrence author of Los Angeles Tourist ( los-angeles-world-class-city.com ) The building you call the Eastern Airline Building is actually the Eastern-Columbia Building which are exclusive upscale condos and is where many in the entertainment business lives. As far as the Second Street Tunnel turning green I had the same thing happen when trying to snap pictures inside subway stations. I fixed that by using a flash.

28 08 2011
William M Weibel (@wmweibel)

Hi EMC, lovely writing and images of downtown L.A.’s hidden treasures. The green cast you see in the 2nd St tunnel is the actual color of the fluorescent lights. The human eye compensates for this greenish tint, but the camera cannot. If you want to make shots in such light look more natural, look for the “White Balance” option in your camera or phonecam, and change it from “Auto” to “Fluorescent”.

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