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December 14, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
For half a century, the sprawling 110-acre aerospace complex in Redondo Beach has played host to the development of the nation's most advanced and secret spacecraft. Known as Space Park, the site was built at the height of the Cold War after the launch of Sputnik for engineers to develop a high-powered rocket that could deliver a nuclear warhead 6,000 miles away in less than an hour to virtually wipe out an entire city: the intercontinental ballistic missile. The complex's 47 buildings have served as a nerve center for the development and construction of high-powered lasers, cutting-edge electronics and sophisticated spacecraft.
September 16, 2011 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Cesar E. Chavez's California retreat has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the designation of the site in the Tehachapi Mountains where the labor leader lived and led the farmworkers movement the last 22 years of his life. Salazar, who called Chavez "one of the heroes of the 20th century," made the announcement at a gathering of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington on Wednesday night. The 187-acre Nuestra Senora Reina de La Paz in Keene, southeast of Bakersfield, served as headquarters of the United Farm Workers union and Chavez's residence from 1971 to 1993.
July 1, 2011 | By Susan Spano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Although the Civil War was waged across the country — from Arizona to Maine — some of the heaviest and most decisive fighting took place in the beautiful rolling countryside of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The Piedmont, as it's called, stretching from the eastern flank of the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic seaboard, is dotted with historic sites, and U.S15 runs right through the thick of it.. Now, a 180-mile stretch of the old highway from Charlottesville, Va., to Gettysburg, Pa., has a new name: the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway, a designation granted in 2009 to recognize the historic richness of a region encompassing 13 national park units and the homes of nine U.S. presidents, along with a panoply of Civil War sites such as Manassas, Brandy Station and Ball's Bluff in Virginia, Antietam and Monocacy in Maryland and Harpers Ferry in what is now West Virginia but then was part of Virginia.
April 1, 2011 | HECTOR TOBAR
Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina dreamed for years of putting a cultural center and museum on the historic old plaza near Olvera Street downtown. If only she and the rest of the project's planners had taken as long to research the site. Last year, as the work got under way, a crew disturbed the eternal sleep of those buried in L.A.'s first Roman Catholic cemetery. In all, some 118 remains were dug up and carted away before community protests brought the digging to a halt in January.
March 14, 2011
From a distance, the Watts Towers rise like tall cyclones of steel and concrete ? the highest nearly 100 feet ? spiraling toward the sky, standing guard over the Lilliputian bungalows lining East 107th Street. Up close the towers are a fantastical playground of archways and steps, inlaid with shards of pottery, glass and shells, their glistening gem-like surfaces begging to be touched ? something tour guides admonish visitors not to do. It took the eccentric tilemaker Simon Rodia 34 years to build the towers, finishing them in 1955 and then leaving Watts, never to return.
January 27, 2011
The Colburn Chamber Players ? Jim Walker (flute), JoAnn Turovsky (harp), John Perry (piano) and Paul Coletti (viola) ? acclaimed musicians and faculty members from the downtown conservatory, will play under the earthquake-defying Tiffany dome of gold-favrile glass in the Pompeian Room, situated within one of Los Angeles' great architectural gems, Hunt and Eisen's 1899 Doheny Mansion, for the latest installment of "Chamber Music in Historic Sites....
January 16, 2011 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
THE BEST WAY TO ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. From LAX, Southwest offers direct service (stop, no change of plane) to Jacksonville, Fla., about 47 miles from St. Augustine. Delta, Continental, American, US Airways, AirTran, Southwest and Jet Blue offers connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $248. WHAT TO DO This year's "Flight to Freedom" living history event takes place Feb. 12 at Ft. Mose Historic State Park, (904) 823-2232, http://www.
November 7, 2010
If you go Thunderbird Lodge Historic Site , . Thunderbird Lodge offers tours Tuesdays to Saturdays from late May through mid-October. Adult admission, $39; children ages 6 to 12, $19. Children age 5 and under are not admitted. For tickets, call (800) 468-2463 or go to . Private tours for groups of 15 or more are available year-round; call (775) 832-8752. Guest parking and shuttle pickup for the tour is at the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Visitor's Center, 969 Tahoe Blvd.
November 1, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The 12th-century temples in Angkor, Cambodia, stand as astonishing remnants of the powerful Khmer Empire that once ruled Southeast Asia. The ancient site last week picked up a new accolade: most beloved World Heritage Site. That assessment comes from travel website TripAdvisor, which partnered with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre to find out which sites travelers would recommend as must-see tourist stops. Nearly 250,000 people over the last year submitted feedback on 789 sites (the list has expanded to 911)
October 15, 2010 | By Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan
America's third national park, Yosemite, the home of spectacular waterfalls, silent groves of ancient trees and an unequaled alpine wilderness, celebrated its 120th birthday this month. The place John Muir considered "nature's temple" was arguably where the national park idea was born ? a uniquely American idea whose enduring meaning is being proved again in the midst of an economic downturn, as millions of families have flocked to Yosemite and other parks to make memories that will last their lifetimes, to reconnect with nature and our shared history.
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