LA to Z is a fantastic site dedicated to "uncovering LA's secret treasures and elusive past, one letter at a time." Above: "I… is for LA's Nazi Compound."
This LA to Z post is devoted to the darker, more nefarious, side of LA's past. This excursion led me on a hike to the so-called Murphy Ranch, located in Rustic Canyon in the Pacific Palisades. Nestled amongst the hills is a hidden estate where Nazis sympathizers waited out for Hitler to come invade The United States. Here you'll enter into a bizarre world of derelict buildings and eerie staircases.(Thanks, Matthew!)
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects
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