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Old Posted Sep 20, 2018, 5:14 PM
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I believe e_r means closing in on in the sense of approaching (its tenth anniversary), not bringing down the curtain on the site.
Oops. That's what comes from speed reading.

I thought that it was a bit drastic. Thanks for putting my mind to rest, Odinthor!
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Just a bit late with this....

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Old Posted Sep 20, 2018, 6:01 PM
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Old L.A. Zoo

Old L.A. Zoo in Griffith Park, L.A.



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Los Angeles Zoo

In 1964, Alfred Hitchcock helped to acquire a pair of kangaroos for the soon-to-open new zoo, built on the site of a former golf course in Griffith Park.



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Old Posted Sep 20, 2018, 9:15 PM
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Another early roller coaster, this one in Santa Monica:


Los Angeles Herald, January 22, 1887

And it appears that our wild young man Tom Harrity, injured on the 6th St. roller coaster in L.A. previously mentioned, became a jockey:


Los Angeles Herald, July 1, 1887
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Here's a previous post by Tourmaline showing the roller coaster/switch-back at Santa Monica. There are earlier mentions on the thread.

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We've seen the Arcadia Roller Ride before, but maybe not with such detail. Also do not recall it called the "Thompson Gravity Switchback" or"pleasure coaster".
https://78.media.tumblr.com/e2316a8f...muoo1_1280.jpg

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/...oaster_big.jpg


http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/compou...coll2/id/19483


http://hdl.huntington.org/cdm/single...coll2/id/16656
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Old Posted Sep 20, 2018, 11:27 PM
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Have I asked this question before?

I've often wondered about that framework/contraption in front of the barn-like building to the right of the hotel. (if you look closely you can see numerous guy wires stabilizing it)


detail

If the building is a stable I thought the apparatas might be used to help get hay up into the loft (catapult-style?)
but I don't remember seeing anything like that on a farm.


In this second photograph, taken before the the small shed-like bldg was built, the structure appears to be on sleds so it can be moved around.




As you can see...the guy wires are attached to the sleds.

ultra-close-up

I know that I've pondered this before. I hope I haven't already asked about it on the thread...and forgot.
If I did aske about it before...I don't recall the answer.



which reminds me....

I helped 'put up' hay only once in my life and it almost killed me.
You do so by forming something akin to a bucket brigade [but instead of a bucket you have a bale of hay...Duh]
You work your way tossing the bales up into the hay loft. (often using hay wagons, and stacks, of varying heights)
The problem is...as you toil, and become worn out, the job gets more and more difficult.
The initial stack of hay bales, that had almost reach the hayloft door, becomes lower and lower
thus you had to toss harder...and throw farther...ahhhh...it was awful!

[hence the term 'putting up hay'.

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Old Posted Sep 21, 2018, 12:58 AM
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It appears to be the Mira Mar Motor Inn & Restaurant/Ship Room in Oceanside CA.


[source: http://www.tikiroom.com]
Thanks for the help Handsome Strange

I realize Oceanside is quite a ways south of Los Angeles to be included in NLA, but once I became interested in the original old house there was no stopping me.

First of all...you can take the google-mobile to see the place HERE. The car is already there actually....parked out front.

Here's the original 1951-53 slide / cropped

ebay

Underneath all that pink is a house built in 1887 by the Couts family.


This place.


from YOUTUBEvideo

It took me awhile to find this.


In the 1940s, the place was known as M & M BARBEQUE. (yet none of the signage says anything about BARBEQUE)


from YOUTUBEvideo

...but it does say HAMBURGERS on the roof


Here's how it looks today - a bit sad and forlorn.


GSV

All I have to say is....

FREE THAT HOUSE! FREE THAT HOUSE!

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Old Posted Sep 21, 2018, 1:18 AM
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I'd like to thank the Academy . . .
giphy

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Old Posted Sep 21, 2018, 7:41 AM
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While revisiting the Gravity Switchback Roller Coaster, I realized that I'd never opened the original images and zoomed in (like e_r has now done). I think I'd always assumed that there were two separate tracks, and that possibly there were two cars that raced each other. However, upon closer inspection, the tracks meet at each end. That prompts a couple of questions about what happens at the ends. I also wonder why there are several men sitting on the fence. Did they have to push the car, or were they just sitting there for the thrill of the car rushing close by?


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I've often wondered about that framework/contraption in front of the barn-like building to the right of the hotel. (if you look closely you can see numerous guy wires stabilizing it)

...

In this second photograph, taken before the the small shed-like bldg was built, the structure appears to be on sleds so it can be moved around.

As you can see...the guy wires are attached to the sleds.

ultra-close-up
I'm wondering if the frame played some part in the construction of the roller coaster. Maybe the supports were made on the ground and then pulled upright. Just a guess.
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Old Posted Sep 21, 2018, 8:50 AM
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Wasn't there an incline running from the parking lot up to the Victoria Station restaurant at Universal City in the 1970s?

or did I just dream that?
As Martin indicates below, this was nothing more than an elevator on an incline. Riders got in and pushed a button, just as in a vertical elevator.
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In this second photograph, taken before the the small shed-like bldg was built, the structure appears to be on sleds so it can be moved around.


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I also wonder why there are several men sitting on the fence. Did they have to push the car, or were they just sitting there for the thrill of the car rushing close by?
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Isn't the young person on the left standing next to the coaster and not in it as well?
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Boy , I am hungry for some good old-fashioned beef dip sandwich.

Go here:







Its been there since 1908
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Philippe the Original Los Angeles



French Dip lore grew larger in 1918, when Philippe Mathieu “… inadvertently dropped the sliced french roll into the roasting pan filled with juice still hot from the oven.” This would be the place to now type “… and the rest was history.” It definitely was for French Dip fans, who count Philippe’s as a true centerpoint of savory sandwichdom. (And, yes, Philippe’s can actually trace its history back further, to 1908.)

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Mystery Framework

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I've often wondered about that framework/contraption in front of the barn-like building to the right of the hotel. (if you look closely you can see numerous guy wires stabilizing it)


detail

If the building is a stable I thought the apparatas might be used to help get hay up into the loft (catapult-style?)
but I don't remember seeing anything like that on a farm.


In this second photograph, taken before the the small shed-like bldg was built, the structure appears to be on sleds so it can be moved around.




As you can see...the guy wires are attached to the sleds.

ultra-close-up

I know that I've pondered this before. I hope I haven't already asked about it on the thread...and forgot.
If I did aske about it before...I don't recall the answer.



which reminds me....

I helped 'put up' hay only once in my life and it almost killed me.
You do so by forming something akin to a bucket brigade [but instead of a bucket you have a bale of hay...Duh]
You work your way tossing the bales up into the hay loft. (often using hay wagons, and stacks, of varying heights)
The problem is...as you toil, and become worn out, the job gets more and more difficult.
The initial stack of hay bales, that had almost reach the hayloft door, becomes lower and lower
thus you had to toss harder...and throw farther...ahhhh...it was awful!

[hence the term 'putting up hay'.
It appears to be a Gallows Turntable used to turn a piece of heavy equipment. Perhaps it was used to turn a horse drawn carriage or wagon. Search the term 'Gallows turntable' for images, I believe you will find an exact match.
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City Hall opening 1928...

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It appears to be a Gallows Turntable used to turn a piece of heavy equipment. Perhaps it was used to turn a horse drawn carriage or wagon.
Search the term 'Gallows turntable' for images, I believe you will find an exact match.
SOLVED! Thanks so much August-Marathon.
I've been wondering what that thing was for quite some time (long before I finally asked about it).

and there's alot more to it than what meets the eye.

mrh

It would have been quite an expenditure for the hotel to build one of these.



and now I see the circle it makes when it turns. (in the dirt)


Everything's explained except for that half buried mercury space capsule

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meanwhile in the immediate vicinity...


'mystery' ferris wheel.


recently reposted by HossC (for comparison)

NO, NOT THIS ONE.



THIS ONE. ha ha gotcha!


exact date unknown.

I didn't realize there was a ferris wheel in that location....that far north and on the east side of the road.

Also note..the ferris wheel didn't exist until the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition [Chicago].....so whoever built this one didn't waste any time.


Did you know ....hold on...dinner's ready
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All done. *dabs mouth*

Did you know Ferris's wheel in Chicago had a total capacity 2,160 people! [60 per car].
That's just mind-blowing to me.

(I'm a world's fair buff)

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