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Abandoned Little-Known Airfields

© 2002, © 2018 byPaul Freeman. Revised 7/8/18.

This site covers airfields in all 50 states:Click here for the sites main menu.


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6-S Ranch Airpark(revised 7/21/17)-Bob Lloyd Airport / Adams Port(revised 7/8/18)-Lockheed Aircraft Company Plant B-1(revised 6/11/18)

Indian Dunes Airport(revised 7/23/14)-Saugus Intermediate Field / Newhall Airport(revised 10/4/17)

San Fernando Airport(revised 5/30/18)-Wilson Airport(revised 9/7/04)-Zitto Airport(added 3/12/16)


34.186, -118.38 (North of Downtown Los Angeles, CA)

Zitto Airport, as depicted (the rectangular property outline below-left of the center of the image with the inverted T symbol)

on a circa early 1930s street map (courtesy of Kevin Walsh).

The date of construction has not been determined of this small, short-lived airport in the middle of Los Angeles.

Zitto Airport was not yet depicted on a 1929 street map(courtesy of Kevin Walsh).

The earliest depiction which has been located of Zitto Airport was on a circa early 1930s street map(courtesy of Kevin Walsh).

It depicted Zitto Airport as a rectangular property outline with a T symbol used to denote airports on the map.

A June 1936 street map (courtesy of Kevin Walsh)

depicted Zitto Airport as a rectangular property outline below-left of the center of the image with the inverted T symbol.

The earliest labeled depiction which has been located of Zitto Airport

was a 1938 Goshua street map (courtesy of Kevin Walsh), which depicted it as a square property outline.

The last depiction which has been located of Zitto Airport was on a 1938 street map (courtesy of Kevin Walsh),

which depicted it as a square property outline.

Zitto Airport was presumably closed at some point between 1938-39,

as it was not depicted on the 1939 LA Sectional Aeronautical Chart,

and a 1940 street map(courtesy of Kevin Walsh)showed streets covering the site of the airport.

A 1952 aerial photo showed no trace of Zitto Airport, with the site having been densely redeveloped with housing.

A 2015 aerial view showed no trace remaining of Zitto Airport.

The site of Zitto Airport is located southwest of the intersection of Victory Boulevard & Tujunga Avenue.

Thanks to Rex Ricks & Andrew Laverdiere for pointing out this airfield.


Indian Dunes Airport (4CA4), Valencia, CA

34.424, -118.638 (Northwest of Los Angeles, CA)

A 1969 aerial view depicted a single unpaved runway at Indian Dunes.

The Indian Dunes airfield was evidently constructed at some point between 1964-69,

as it was not depicted at all on a 1959 aerial view,

the August 1964 LA Local Aeronautical Chart(courtesy of Donald Felton), nor the 1967 USGS topo map.

The earliest depiction of the airport which has been located was on a 1969 aerial view.

It depicted Indian Dunes as having a single unpaved northeast/southwest runway.

The earliest map depiction which has been located of the Indian Dunes Airfield was on the 1969 USGS topo map.

It depicted the runway, but labeled it merely as Landing Strip.

Peter Albiez reported, I am a Special Effect Coordinator and was in charge of the Prop Shop division

(we made the special props & aircraft mock-ups for the feature & TV shows)

of the Special Effects Department at Universal Studios in the 1970s.

The airport at Indian Dunes was built by the Newhall Land & Farming Company.

It & the hangar were for the Corporations aircraft & was always owned by them.

The areas that were used for filming of The Black Sheep Squadron TV series [1976-78]

was also used by many other films & TV shows & rented from Newhall Land.

A 1976 photo by Randy Beloff (courtesy of Dan MacPherson) of Dan MacPherson in front of John Schafhausens F4U-7 Corsair

used in the filming of the Black Sheep Squadron TV show at Indian Dunes.

Herbert Cole recalled, When I was younger I remember passing by an airstrip next to the Indian Dunes motocross races.

My first memory of the field would be around Summer 1977.

Later I found out that the strip was the same one used in filming the Black Sheep Squadron series.

Robert Conrad, star of the Black Sheep Squadron show,

said that during filming of the show, I lived in a trailer off of Highway 126.

They filmed The Black Sheep Squadron right there at Indian Dunes.

Sometimes Id fly in to work from Van Nuys Airport, just to show them I was the real thing.

Dan MacPherson recalled, I was fortunate enough to have been around in those days.

There were 4 Corsairs used for the filming:

an F4U-7 belonging to John Schafhausen, an F4U-4 belonging to Tom Friedkin,

an FG-1D (Goodyear) belonging to David Tallichet,

and my favorite, an F4U-1 belonging to the Planes of Fame museum at Chino.

The planes would be delivered prior to the filming, and the pilots would be ferried home by other planes.

The pick-up plane from the Air Museum at that time was a North American O-47B.

I had the privilege of flying in to Indian Dunes in this airplane – grand entry-low pass, pitchup & break.

There were already 2 Corsairs on the ground.

While we were on the ground, 2 Cessnas in formation discovered the Corsairs & began circling excitedly.

While they we circling, one of the producers, unseen until now,

did a low pass in another Corsair – right through the flight of Cessnas.

He then did a roll, pitched up & landed.

The Cessnas scattered. I would have loved to hear the conversation.

Dan also described several other vintage aircraft used in the Black Sheep filming at Indian Dunes.

There was the transport which was a DC-3 owned by Jim Friedland,

who was lost in a DC-3 while tryng to fly to Hawaii (in a storm).

The was the Yankee Zero, which in reality was the [Chino] Air Museums T-6.

There were also a few Tora Zekes, also T-6s.

The most important plane (to me, anyway) was a Stinson L-5 Sentinel that was used as a spotter.

After the TV series the wings were rebuilt & the aircraft restored.

Three guys at the [Chino] Museum fly it today (AJ Schad, Bob Lewis & yours truly, Dan MacPherson).

Dan recalled, The pilots for the series -at least the ones I know: Jim Gavin – chief pilot,

Steve Hinton – F4U Corsair, Jim Maloney – F4U Corsair, DC-3, L-5,

Jim Friedland DC-3 (owner), Frank Sanders – Hollywood Zero.

Steve Hinton recalled, I was involved with many movie projects at Indian Dunes

[including] Ba Ba Blacksheep in the late 1970s.

A 1977 aerial view depicted the single runway at Indian Dunes.

The Indian Dunes airfield was not depicted at all on the July 1980 LA Local Aeronautical Chart(courtesy of Jim Hackman).

The 1982 AOPA Airport Directory(courtesy of Ed Dury)

described Indian Dunes as a private airfield with a single 3,300 asphalt Runway 9/27.

The adjacent Indian Dunes park was the scene of a tragic accident in 1982,

when actor Vic Morrow & two child actors were killed when a UH-1 Huey crashed on top of them

during filming of a scene for the Stephen Spielberg film, Twilight Zone – The Movie.

A still of a Stearman during the filming of the 1983 Dukes of Hazard episode High Flyin Dukes at Indian Dunes.

Peter Albiez reported, While I was doing the TV Series Blue Thunder [1984]

we used the airport & I landed my plane there for background use in the filming.

Indian Dunes was also a filming site for many other movies & television programs,

including many silent films & westerns, part of Escape From New York,

and Some Kind Of Hero with Richard Pryor.

Herbert Cole recalled, Indian Dunes Airport remained active into the mid 1980s if I remember correctly.

Steve Hinton recalled, I was involved with many movie projects at Indian Dunes…until Rocketeer in 1989.

The runway was torn up right before Rocketeer but the Bulldog Restaurant was built on the property anyway.

We did not do any flying then [at Indian Dunes].

The flying for Rocketeer was done in Santa Maria.

The last television production made at Indian Dunes was China Beach (1988-91),

and the last film was The Rocketeer (1991).

Herbert Cole recalled, Indian Dunes Airport I assume its demise was closely tied to the end of Indian Dunes as a race track,

and the urban sprawl encroaching from the east.

The 1991 USGS topo map depicted a single paved northeast/southwest runway, labeled simply Landing Strip,

with a single building north of the runway midpoint.

A 1994 USGS aerial view showed a section of Indian Dunes eastern portion of the former runway was still discernible.

The remainder of the former runway had apparently been returned to farming.

A single hangar was visible in the center of the image,

while other (apparently non-airfield related) buildings were located at the east end of the former runway.

Indian Dunes is now owned by the Newhall Ranch Development Company.

They closed the area to movie & film production some time ago,

and they have preliminary plans for thousands of houses for the property.

A 2004 photo by Jon Karkow of the single hangar at Indian Dunes.

Jon reported that the hangar is near the intersection of Route 126 & Wolcott.

I also visited the buildings near the east end of the property, but these do not appear aviation related.

A 2004 photo by Jon Karkow, looking southeast from the hangar at the area of the former runway at Indian Dunes.

A 2004 photo by Jon Karkow of a notice describing proposed development at the site of the Indian Dunes Airfield.

Jon repored, the signs on the fence read Newhall Land & Farming Company.

A circa 2005 aerial photo looking north at what appears to be a single hangar at Indian Dunes.

The site of Indian Dunes Airport is located south of the intersection of Route 126 & Wolcott Way.

Thanks to Mark Reynosa for pointing out this airfield.


Lockheed Airport / Lockheed Aircraft Company Plant B-1 Airfield, Burbank, CA

34.19, -118.33 (Southeast of Burbank Airport, CA)

A 1928 aerial view (from the UCSB Library) of the airfield at the original Lockheed plant.

In 1928 the Lockheed Aircraft Company began operating at this location,

southeast of the intersection of North Buena Vista Street & West Empire Avenue.

It was not adjacent to the Burbank Airport, which was a half-mile to the northwest.

Building 1 was originally the Mission Glass factory, and Lockheed initially shared the building with Mission Glass before taking over the entire facility.

A 1930 aerial view of the airfield at the original Lockheed plant,

with its runway clearly visible on the south side of the factory buildings (courtesy of Mark Reynosa).

At some point between 1928-30, a single runway was constructed on the southern edge of the Plant B-1 property.

It was approximately 2,000 long, and ran northwest/southeast on the north side of the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks.

A 1930 aerial view of the buildings at the original Lockheed plant (courtesy of Dan MacPherson).

An undated aerial view looking north at Lockheed Airport from the Richfield Oil Companys 1930 California Airports directory (courtesy of Kathy Vaughn).

The directory described Lockheed as a private airfield having a 1,500 east/west sandy loam runway, and listed the Manager as Frank Crane.

An undated photo of Jimmy Doolittle in front of a Lockheed Orion,

with the original Lockheed hangars in the background (courtesy of Dan MacPherson).

The Lockheed runway was not depicted on the 1932 USGS topo map,

nor on the 1932 LA Sectional Chart (or subsequent Sectional Charts).

The earliest map depiction which has been located of the original Lockheed plant airfield was on a 1938 Rand-McNally Texaco map (courtesy of Kevin Walsh),

which depicted Lockheed Airport as an irregularly-shaped property outline.

This facility produced the majority of Lockheed aircraft before WW2,

including Vegas, Orions, Hudsons, and P-38s.

The plant was eventually designated Plant B-1,

once Lockheed expanded to several other plants around the Burbank Airport area.

The layout of the airfield at the original Lockheed plant as of 1939 (courtesy of Mark Reynosa).

A 1939 aerial view looking south at Lockheed Plant B-1,

with the runway visible on the far side of the factory buildings (courtesy of Dan MacPherson).

The 1939 Los Angeles County Airport Map depicted Lockheed as having a single northwest/southeast runway.

A 1940 aerial view looking north at Lockheed Plant B-1,

with its runway clearly visible in front of the factory buildings (courtesy of Mark Reynosa).

The Lockheed Plant B-1 airfield as depicted on a 1940 street map (courtesy of Kevin Walsh).

The Lockheed Plant B-1 airfield was depicted asLockheed Airport on a 1940 Shell street map (courtesy of Dan MacPherson).

The Lockheed factory airstrip was in use until about 1941, when the P-38 came out.

The P-38s were towed down Empire Street in the middle of the night to the newly acquired Burbank (Union) Air Terminal,

which was renamed Lockheed Air Terminal.

The Lockheed factory buildings were depicted on the 1941 & 1942 USGS topo maps,

(but it may have been intentionally omitted due to wartime security concerns).

A WW2-era photo of P-38 Lightnings undergoing final assembly outdoors at Lockheed Plant B-1.

Lockheed took advantage of the sunny Southern California weather

by completing final assembly of many P-38s outdoors.

A total of 9,423 P-38 fighters & 500 F-4/F-5 reconnaissance versionswere built at Plant B-1 during WW2.

The airstrip at Plant B-1 was reused as a parking lot during WW2,

and was apparently never used again as a runway.

A circa 1945 street map (courtesy of Ken Brody) depicted the Lockheed Airport to the southeast of the Lockheed Air Terminal.

The last depiction which has been located of the Lockheed Plant B-1 Airfield was on a 1947 Rand-McNally street map (courtesy of Kevin Walsh),

which labeled it as Lockheed Airport.

The Lockheed Plant B-1 airfield was not depicted at all on the 1947 LA Local Aeronautical Chart(courtesy of Tim Zukas).

By the time of the 1948 USGS topo map,

Lockheed factory buildings had covered much of the northern portion of the Plant B-1 property.

An undated (post-WW2) layout of Lockheed Plant B-1.

The runway south of the factory had been reused by this point as a parking lot.

A 1954 aerial showed that the Lockheed Plant B-1 runway had been reused as a factory parking lot.

A 1989 USGS aerial view of Lockheed Plant B-1, with the runway having been reused as a factory parking lot.

Lockheed Plant B-1 was closed in 1991.

The 1994 USGS aerial photo depicted that the entire Lockheed Plant B-1 facility had been razed, with the site completely empty & flat.

A 2017 USGS aerial view showed a shopping center has been constructed on the site of the former Lockheed Plant B-1,

and not a trace remains of the extensive & historic industrial facilities or airfield.

More American aviation manufacturing infrastructure replaced by retail shopping. An unsustainable trend.


34.203, -118.365 (West of Burbank Airport, CA)

An undated view of Wilson Airport (from The Motion Picture Stunt Pilots by Hugh Wynne, courtesy of Dan MacPherson).

The runway of the Union Air Terminal (the present-day Burbank Airport) is in the background.

According to material contributed by Dan MacPherson,

Wilson Airport was one of 2 tiny airports (the other wasAdams Port) which were located

adjacent to the west side of what is the present-day Burbank Airport.

Wilson Airport was located adjacent to the west side of Burbanks NW/SE runway (which no longer exists).

The date of construction of Wilson Airport has not been determined.

The earliest reference which has been located to Wilson Airport

was the Standard Oil Companys 1929 Airplane Landing Fields of the Pacific West(courtesy of Chris Kennedy).

It described Wilson Airport as having a 2,600 oiled north/south runway, with 2 hangars on the northeast side.

Wilson Airport was operated by Roy & Tave Wilson.

An undated photo from The Motion Picture Stunt Pilots by Hugh Wynne (courtesy of Dan MacPherson)

depicting a crash scene of 2 biplanes at Wilson Airport.

The plane at right appears to be NC6369, Alexander Eaglerock A-2 687.

Wilson Airports Hangar 1 is visible at the extreme right of the photo

(see the entry describingAdams Portfor a set of photos depicting the same hangar in 2004).

Wilson Airport was not depicted on the 1932 USGS topo map or the 1932 LA Sectional Chart.

The 1936 Civil Aeronautics Administration Airport Directory described Wilson as a private airport,

located 1,100 feet west of Union Air Terminal (the present-day Burbank Airport).

The airfield consisted of a single 1,900 gravel runway.

Hangars were located on the east side of the airfield, one of which had Wilson Aero Corporation painted on the roof.

Wilson Airport was used by Hollywood stunt pilots.

The 1936 directory included the note, Anyone using the field should be careful at all times

as motion picture sets are located on landing strip at different times.

According to Dan MacPherson, Wilson closed about 1937.

Burbank extended the east/west runway & the Wilson property was cleared.

The hangars were picked up, and moved toAdams Port,

where they were placed side by side & eventually converted to one structure by removing the common wall.

It was cost effective then to save used buildings. Nowadays they just tear them down.

Wilson Airport was no longer listed in airport directories from 1937, 1938, or 1944,

nor depicted on a 1939 LA County Airports Map nor on the 1941 LA Sectional Chart(courtesy of Chris Kennedy),

and there was no obvious trace of the airfield on a 1954 aerial photo.

As seen in the March 2004 USGS aerial photo, not a trace appears to remain at the site of the former Wilson Airport

(although present-day Burbank Airport is just across the street).

The site of Wilson Airport is located southeast of the intersection of Sherman Way & Vineland Avenue.


Bob Lloyd Airport / Adams Port / Adams Airport, North Hollywood, CA

34.2, -118.373 (West of Burbank Airport, CA)

Adams-Port, as depicted on the August 1936 LA Sectional Chart.

Photo of the airfield while in use has not been located.

According to Dan MacPherson, this was one of 2 tiny airports (the other wasWilson Airport)

which were located adjacent to the west side of what is the present-day Burbank Airport.

The field was originally known as Bob Lloyd Airport (Bob Lloyd was a movie pilot).

According to Don Ayers, Prior to use as a hangar & active airport,

the building had been used to stage boxing fights in the late 1920s – early 1930s.

The date of establishment of Bob Lloyd Field has not been determined.

An advertisement dated 9/31 (courtesy of Dan MacPherson) was entitled New Owners Take Over Bob Lloyd Airport.

It read, The Bob Lloyd Airport in North Hollywood has been purchased by C.J. Westfall & J.J. Adams,

who will continue to operate the field as a base for school operations.

Adams will be flight instructor & Westfall ground school instructor.

The new owners have purchased a Great Lakes for training.

At this point, the field became known as Adams Port.

The earliest depiction which has been located of Adams-Port was on the August 1936 LA Sectional Chart.

It depicted Adams-Port as an auxiliary airfield.

The earliest directory reference to Adams Port which has been located is a 1936 Civil Aeronautics Administration Airport Directory.

It described Adams Port as a private field,

located 1,000 west of Union Air Terminal (the present-day Burbank Airport).

The airfield consisted of a single 1,900 gravel runway.

Hangars were located on the east side of the airfield, one of which had Adams-Port painted on the roof.

According to Dan MacPherson, when nearbyWilson Airportwas closed in 1937,

its hangars were picked up, and moved to Adams Port,

where they were placed side by side & eventually converted to one structure by removing the common wall.

So the hangars have been at both airports.

It was cost effective then to save used buildings. Nowadays they just tear them down.

A circa late-1930s WPA map(courtesy of Harry Marnell) depicted Adams Port

as a narrow north/south lot labeled Airport Landing Field, with an office at the northeast corner.

Adams Airport, as depicted on a 1938 map (courtesy of Kevin Walsh).

Adams Port was listed in a 1938 Airport Directory(according to Dan MacPherson).

The layout of Adams Port as depicted on a 1939 map (courtesy of Mark Reynosa).

The 1939 Los Angeles County Airport Map depicted Adams as having a single north/south runway.

Don Ayers recalled, I came to California in 1940 at age 12; the first airport I visited here was Adams Airport.

When I visited it, the name was painted on the roof.

The hangar could hold 6 planes on the wheels as stated in Application,

however on 12/7/41 the Airport was Closed to all Flying,

so the private owners allowed their planes to be stacked on the noses;

20-23 were in the hangar for the duration, or till hauled away.

Before December 7thI toured the hangar several times.

Wrong Way Corrigans plane was in the left back corner on the wheels in flyable condition.

The biplane used for instruction was on wheels & flyable in the right-back corner.

Parked just inside the door center was Edgar Bergens Stinson Station Wagon (nice).

The rest of the hangar had several small planes of various types, like Piper Cubs, etc.

An undated street map (courtesy of Dan MacPherson),

showing the location of Adams Port relative to the Lockeed Air Terminal (the present-day Burbank Airport).

Adams-Port was depicted as a commercial airport on the 1941 LA Sectional Chart (courtesy of Chris Kennedy).

The 1942 USGS topo map depicted Adams Airport as having a few small buildings along the north side, on the south side of Sherman Way.

Adams Airport was not depicted in a 1944 airport directory.

Adams Port, as depicted on a circa 1945 street map (courtesy of Ken Brody).

The date of closure of Adams Port is unknown.

It wasnt listed in a 1945 airport directory, or depicted on subsequent aeronautical charts,

but it may simply have been overlooked due to its status as a private airfield.

It is not known if it ever reopened after the war.

The last depiction which has been located of Adams Airport was on a 1947 Rand-McNally street map (courtesy of Kevin Walsh).

Adams Airport was not depicted at all on the 1947 LA Local Aeronautical Chart(courtesy of Tim Zukas)

The Adams Port property had not yet been redeveloped as of a 1950 aerial photo (courtesy of Mark Reynosa),

but it also was not apparent from that photo whether the airfield was still in operation.

A 1954 aerial view showed that the north/south runway remains had been removed at some point between 1950-54.

A 1972 aerial view showed that buildings had been built

at some point between 1954-72 over the northern half of the site of Adams Port.

The March 2004 USGS aerial photo shows that the site has been redeveloped with numerous buildings.


Burbankers Remember

An old TV show began, There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them. If this is the case for New York City, there must be over 100,000 stories for Burbank!

The idea of this page is to capture some of the memories, lore and interesting tales about life lived in Burbank. The criterion for inclusion is that the tales be specially about life in Burbank – there are other forums for the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere. And, after all, the web site is named Burbankia, right? Im looking for things likeusing old Lockheed linen for dresses, orLove From Above- stuff like that.

To submit your Burbank storiescontact me!

5/5/17 – Boyhood Memories of Burbank by Dwain Ray

I was born in the Burbank Hospital in 1938 and lived from 1940 to 1958 on Lamer Street across from Monterey Avenue School. My father was a Burbank fireman. Many family members worked at Lockheed. My Dads family came originally from Levan, Utah. But we were the non-Mormon branch of the family.However, a Mormon minister gave a nice funeral service for my grandfather when he died. He was eulogized as a Burbank pioneer. He owned a couple of local businesses. First the ice business and then, when electric appliances began to take over, an appliance store on San Fernando Road.

My dad built all the houses and apartments on the four lots (1333, 1337, 1341, 1345 Lamer) at the end of Lamer Street where it meets Pacific. In World War II we had a still-vacant lot on the corner, so the government induced us to allow a good-sized anti-aircraft gun bunker on the property. Soldiers staffed it each day and put up with constant visits from my sister and me. My dad built the houses and apartments with his own hands on his off hours. Seven housing units in all. Complete sweat equity.

We had a view of the Lockheed plant in the background and the railroad tracks and the Burbank wash and the big parking lot (which I was amused to see is now filled in with new homes). I will not think of living near any railroads. I remember my youth in the corner house when the night and early morning trains used to shake the house and sounded as though they were going through our living room!

I went to Thomas A. Edison grammar school because Monterey was not yet built. But I went to Monterey one year in an old house which was on the property acquired by the school district.

In the summer time in the old neighborhood, everything revolved around Vickroy Park. It was the center of the universe in the forties. Originally, the park had lots of bushes and old fashioned picnic facilities and stone structures. Then it was changed a lot in later years. We had great times in the park: band concerts, family picnics, ball games, pet shows, crafts, tether ball. I remember the old drug store and Spectors market (today a Dollar Store). Ralphs at the corner of Buena Vista and Victory came in where Jefferys Barn used to be. My father was an amateur boxer and I saw him box at Jeffries Barn (owned by the late champion boxer Jim Jeffries).

In the summer time, my friends and I used to walk to Spectors and buy soda pop or popsicles. On several occasions, I walked barefooted in the Burbank wash all the way to Glendale. I had plenty of time. I knew the wash like the back of my hand. I went up the small offshoot tunnels that came out in drains on the other side of Lockheed over by Empire. I had a special hiding place down under the tracks on the Empire railroad bridge.

I met and talked with lots of hobos in the open space down past the Empire railroad bridge. In the forties there were lots of people travelling the boxcars as a kind of leftover effect of the depression. Hobos used to come by the house and ask for work in exchange for food. We never feared them. Our home had no locks on the windows and we had no key for the doors. I dont even recall locking the doors when we went on vacation to the state parks. We were never robbed. Both of my parents are buried at Valhalla, too. Isnt it surreal to attend a funeral and see and hear the jets taking off in the background? My grandparents are buried in Valhalla. When I was a boy, that beautiful cemetery was completely in the country surrounded by a farm and a dairy. I used to catch crawfish in the lily ponds. My dad picked up loads of cow manure at the dairy to make our new grass grow on Lamer Street.

My dad speculated in real estate. He owned a lot uptown with an old house on it and was sitting on it expecting to make money when the town mall project came into fruition. The town elected to take his property over at a low price and he was quite mad. Especially when that property became part of the current high rise Holiday Inn.

Dad actually did quite well for a man who worked hard all his life. I used to help him do plastering jobs sometimes. Firemen all have separate jobs on the off days. In 1958 we moved up to San Jose Avenue below Kenneth Road. Today our old house is gone. There is a large condominium in its place. I married Bonnie Clark from LaCrescenta. We moved to Oregon for a couple years then moved back to start a business with an old friend. We leased some offices on Burbank Blvd and had avocado-colored business cards printed (1966). The offices had funny pink tile in front so we painted the whole front of the building avocado. I got a chance to go into a management job with a medical implant manufacturer in Memphis in 1968. Further opportunities came in Belgium in 1972 and Philadelphia in 1973 and San Francisco in 1977 and Connecticut in 1988. I have never really missed Burbank much because it is not the same place. Everything grew so fast in the Los Angeles area that I have no home to go back to.

I actually thought I lived in the country when I was a boy. Even as a boy I never liked all the industry around Burbank. Wes, I loved your comments about why you played in industrial areas because there were so many of them. I now make a rule that we simply do not live in industrialized towns. It has been that way since we left Los Angeles in 1968. Good old Lockheed gave our families a good living for many years but it was never beautiful. Even in the war when the entire complex was draped with miles of camoflage netting. I have photos of me as a boy and it looks like there are low-lying hills and trees in the background. I point out that if the viewer looks harder they will see a big aircraft plant underneath it all.

Oh yes, we (Lamer Street Rays) had 300 chickens and a mean German Shepherd and lots of surplus airplane engine boxes (used for building materials) and a victory garden. Lamer and Pacific were dirt roads for a long time.

Burbank High class of 1956 (Technically 1957 because I lacked a credit and made it up taking woodshop class summer of 1956 at Burroughs and got a 1957 diploma.)

10/20/16 -Midnight Specialtapings by Marvin Steinberg

We would go every Tuesday night to see the taping of theMidnight Specialat NBC; we would get the tickets in the morning at 8:00 am and be late for school. It was amazing and being so close up and seeing everyone from the Kinks, ELO, T REX, Badfinger, Chuck Berry, Loggins and Messina, Bee Gees, New York Dolls, Anne Murray, Little Richard etc. Gosh, it was fun and great! Edgar Winter!!! I could go on…

7/8/16 – According to Dodie Moore, Burbank High students from 1947 sang this song to the tune of The Caissons Go Rolling Along (The Army Song)

Give a cheer, give a cheer, for the boys who make the beer,

They are brave, they are bold, and the liquor they can hold,

For its guzzle, guzzle, guzzle as it trickles down your nuzzle,

Drink up and never go dry! So have one more, as the cops break down your door,

2/25/16 – Various BHS Bulldogs from the Class of 74 remember the 1971 San Fernando Earthquake

1/8/15 – I asked my father-in-law (Don Bilyeu) about the San-Val drive-in theater, which I spotted in a 1939 photo.

Oh, yes, the San-Val drive-in was there for many years. I dont think it closed until some time after WWII.I dont remember the last time I went there but it must have been after the war.Each parking place had its own speaker and you hung it on your window (driver side).A refreshment stand was near by and you could buy Cokes, etc.The first jet plane I saw was flying over the San-Val apparently demonstrating somethingat what is now the Burbank airport.I think it was made by Bell Aircraft.So that had to be 1945 or 1946.The Hudson Bomber was built by Vega Aircraft, later to become Lockheed Aircraft Plant 1, I think.I worked for Vegafrom June 1943 to 1945.So it seems logical that your 1939picture could have included The San-Val Drive in.

12/31/14 – The Golden Malls Chicken Lady and Paranoid Lady by Mike McDaniel

In the declining days of the Golden Mall, there were a number of interesting characters who were present on a daily basis; I would encounter them a number of times each week. One lady would be on a bench near the pavilion who had a chicken which would follow her around like a dog. She would feed it with corn and other seeds and it would hop up on the back of the bench and look over her shoulder as if it was reading her paper. Very weird.

Also there was a lady who would yell at anyone who got close to her. I was walking with my wife to lunch once and this lady came around the corner right in front of us, so we slowed down as not to engage her – but this was to no avail. After about a half block she wheeled around, looked right at me and yelled, I know who you are! You Feds will never get anything on me! Being who I am, I fired back, We will too get you! You cant escape! We have people watching you every day! At this point my wife hit me and told me to stop, so I did. The lady ran off in the other direction. She never yelled at me like that again but I saw her do it to a number of other unsuspecting people over the years.

11/25/14 – Skunk Works titanium by Wes Clark

My Dad – a Lockheed employee – used to relax at home in the summer by sitting in the pool in a floating chair, sunbathing. One day a little piece of metal holding the chair to the float part broke, so he took it into work – he was painting at the Skunk Works at the time – to get a replacement made out of a stronger metal. They made it out of the same material used on the SR-71: titanium alloy. It was incredibly light, and, as it turned out, I needed to impart a slight bend in it to get a tabbed end to fit into a hole. WOW. I was banging away on it with a hammer and it took me forever to bend that part. Just amazing. An aircraft that light and strong!

11/19/14 – Memories of the Chandler Trains (from Facebooks You know youre from Burbank if… group)

10/10/14 – Radio things by Dave Williams

My name is Dave Williams and I just found your website and it brought back a lot of great memories as we had two houses in Burbank. One at 642 N. Screenland Drive that we bought from Doodles Weaver and his recently divorced wife Rita, and 910 E. Magnolia Blvd above 9th Ave.

During this time I was working at RCA Broadcast and Communications Division at 2700 W. Olive Avenue. It was the old Collins Radio building. We build the professional broadcast equipment and also the film recoding equipment for the studios. The best part of the job was going to the NBC studios and watching them tape shows from the basement on CCTV where the VTRs and audio recording equipment was located. Watching the segment of Laugh In being taped was the best.

In your You Must Be from Burbank If list you said your favorite TV channel was TV6. During this time in the late 60s and early 70s I also worked at Sammons Communications at night that had the local origination station TV6. I was chief engineer and program director for local origination. We called it KNTV, channel 6 for Glendale and Burbank. Both those jobs came to an end at the same time and I went to work for Litton Systems and moved to Northridge soon after the earthquake of 1971.

Sad to say I grew up in (gulp) North Hollywood one block from Burbank on McCormick Street which is one block behind Magnolia and runs into the Magnolia Theater parking lot. Some of the kids on the east end of that street were able to attend Burbank Schools. I also was a field reporter while attending college for a program called Motor Classics on KBLA which had their mighty 250 watt transmitter in the park on San Fernando Road. KBLA became KROC with an increase in power and a move from 1490 kHz to 1500 kHz.

9/30/14 – NBC Studios by Jimmy Koren

My first pair of cowboy boots are buried under the NBC building! I was ten years old when they were building that place, and we were playing in the piles of sand. Lo and behold along comes a tractor to start pushing the sand around… Goodby boots! Imagine getting home and splaining to Mom why youre barefooted…

We lived on Avon St. between Alameda & Olive, just 3 blocks from NBC. Aw… the memories…

8/20/14 – Growing Up in Burbank by Julie Grimm Gregg

My memories are a bit fuzzy because I lived in Burbank only from birth until the end of 5th grade in 1954 (when we moved to the San Fernando Valley, to get away from a new phenomenon called smog!) — but those were formative and impressionable years.

My father worked as an engineer for Lockheed, and our family lived on Parrish Place, Clayborn, and Lamer as each additional child required a larger house. At the time of the move to Lamer, in 1948, ours was the last block of houses into the foothills — and what happy memories I have of exploring the nearby vineyards, as far as the eye could see. It was not unusual that a brush fire would creep too close for comfort; though as a few more years went by, more blocks of houses, marching up Lamer Street, pushed back nature. The front yards were playgrounds for emulating our hero Hopalong Cassidy, and we played ball at our peril — since a rubber ball would sadly get away — pick up speed and be gone forever down the Lamer hill and never seen again, alas! We had an incinerator in the back yard for burning trash, as did everyone else.The Helms (bakery) man came, the milk man delivered, the ice cream trucks came, the Fuller Brush man came, among other vendors to the door.

Even at age 5, I walked to George Washington Elementary School alone, under the watchful eye of the grandfatherly crossing guard at Glenoaks Blvd.— passing young Rev. Campbells Bethany United Presbyterian Church, with the cross that could be seen from up the hill, glowing in the dark. Our kindergarten class played in the surprise snow during recess that morning in 1949, with Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Garland. Little girls came to school with their milk money from home tied in a hanky and pinned to their dresses.

Once a week, we put quarters in our Bank of America bank books (which eventually paid dividends!). Beloved teachers 1st thru 5th grades were Mrs. Boyd, Miss Gilbert, Mrs. Curtis, Mrs. Openshaw, and wonderfully creative Mr. Pollach (in our log cabin classroom)… and where principal Miss Spring married and became Mrs. Morgan. In 1st and 2nd grades, three classmates were stricken with the dreaded polio virus.

In 3rd grade, the day came when the old-fashioned rows of desks were carted away, and replaced by modern stand-alone ones, without inkwells!On the playground, our hands became calloused from swinging from steel rings and crossing bars, and games of hopscotch went on for years.In the upper grades, recess was a time to exchange trading cards, play marbles on the dirt field, and pretend to be pioneers trekking west, as many of our forefathers actually had. The May Festival was the high point of the year, when we classes danced our way through the Mexican Hat Dance, the Lili Marlene, the Tarantella, and the Virginia Reel (to name a few).Sadly for me, I left Burbank before having the privilege of weaving the May Pole at Washington School as a 6th-grader. It was always curious to us students that Washington School was on Lincoln Street, and Lincoln School was on Washington.

We also ventured out to Stough Park for picnics, to Hanson Dam for wading, and down the road to the Griffith Park Zoo for an exotic adventure.I also remember the 5-cent cones at Sav-on.The stately Burbank Public Library on Olive was an awe-inspiring place for a 1st-grader, old enough to print and own a library card.Our growing family shopped for groceries at Alexanders. Maestro Leo Damianis orchestra accompanied our ballet performances.De facto segregation was practiced, though we in Burbank were far removed from the civil rights movement going on in the South in the 1950s: I remember when a realtor conducted a survey on our block when a mixed-race couple wanted to buy a house across the street from us on Lamer (the wife was Korean). Though my parents gave their assent, the vote apparently did not go in their favor — and a Caucasian couple moved in instead. For the first time I became conscious of the existence of racial prejudice.

How times have changed! Returning a few years ago to Burbank (from the greater Washington D.C. area) for the first time in memory, it was stunning to see I-5 passing right by our old kindergarten play yard!A child thought Glenoaks was a formidable thoroughfare!

2/5/13 – Memories of Humes Sporting Goods by Bob Pilatos

I was born in Burbank and grew up in North Hollywood (Cahuenga and Camarillo area).

A friend and I were outdoor enthusiastsand wewould jump on our bicycles and ride to Humes. From where we lived, I remember it was a long ride on a bike with no gears. I guess we were in our early to mid teens back in the mid 1970s. My friend was German and he and his family were outdoor enthusiasts. They were climbers, hikers, campers, fishermen. So, he would call up and say, Lets go to Humes. My main interest was fishing and hiking. I thinkI bought my first Buck knife there as I wasfascinated with the great wood and brass body.I was there so often, one of the employees knew me by name. It was a great place, withits log cabin styleconstruction, and once inside, it madeyou feel as if you were in the wilderness. As a kid, I dreamed of having a lot of the stuff in the store.

We alsorodeto Kelty quite often as well (Dick Kelty manufactured lightweight aluminum-framed backpacks). He also carried climbing equipment and other assorted outdoor related items. IfI remember correctly,that was on San Fernando Road in Glendale. My dad knew DickKelty well, as he was a Scout Master and created a lot of business for him. I have been searching for photos of the Kelty store as well, with no luck. I even contacted Richard Kelty (Dicks son) for photos, but he had nothing of interest.

12/5/13 – Memories of Sargeants by Duane Thaxton

I am a 1967 graduate of Burbank High. I was talking with some friends and mentioned Sargeants Restaurant (I worked there sometime around 1965 to early 1967). I think my hours working there were daily, 5pm to 9pm, except I think they were closed on Mondays. Working there pretty much killed my high school social life.

Regarding Sargeants Restaurant, I remember Mavis and Graham. I remember a cook named Scotty (glasses and mustache) who cooked fish orders. There was at that time another cook, a Blackfoot Indian Ive been told his name (or nickname) was Chick . . . and that sounds correct to me. There was a younger waitress who was recently married to a Marine who was down at Camp Pendleton.

I remember sweeping up after they closed. If I were to find a penny I would hand it to Mavis . . . she would thank me and put it in the register. Mavis and Graham were both pretty strict and frugal.

I remember Mavis had one eye that was out of whack (obviously not a medical term). I remember when talking with her I would stare at one eye, then the other, back to the first . . . Im sure she realized I was curious about her crooked eye.

I did a Google map search to see if the Sargeants Restaurant building itself was still at the same location . . . While continuing my search I happened uponyour site with the postcard photo of the restaurant. That snapshot brought back memories of the mid to late 60s living and working in Burbank.

11/6/13 – The Burbank High School Bridge of Sighs by Ken Taylor

TheBridge of Sighsin 1930remained a prime site for BHS students to meet and greet up through 1947,by which time it hadbecome known asThe Arcade,a favorite hang out and meeting place of the socially acceptable big men & gals on campus. The sitewas memorialized onthe cover of the 1947 Ceralbus by Ralph Buddy Day. It remained an open air and very popularlocation in whichtosee and be seenuntil it was closed in some time later. Day is still around and can be seen as an active member of the Senior Bulldog group. It is regrettable that students didnt get to see it in its iconoclastic, open air prime. – Ken Taylor, BHS47

10/2/13 – The Alleys of Burbank by Mike McDaniel

I spent a lot of my childhood in alleys. It helps that I lived on an alley and thus a lot of the action in my neighborhood took place in the alley. We did bicycle dog fights and watched all the older men work on various projects.

Mr Coffman, who built our house, lived on Cedar one block over but was always in his garage doing intricate woodworking. I wish I had paid more attention as he was a real pro at it. He would build Grandfather clock cabinets and when he was done he would wheel them gently over to Mr Dewey who lived across the street from me and owned the court. He did a lot of gadget work in his garage and would put in the clock working parts and the face. He also did this in the alley behind his place between Elmwood and Valencia.

As I grew older I started noticing that people threw out a lot of things that were still good and usable. I found transistor radios that were still good and only needed a new battery. It boggled my mind why someone would chuck out a radio simply because its battery was out of juice. I would take things I found and trade them at a place on Glenoaks called Jims used things next to the Chevron station at Olive Ave. He would either give me a few bucks for the stuff I found in the alleys trash or trade me for WWII items I liked.

Later as I became interested in rock music I wanted a set of speakers that sounded good, but could not afford them. So I devised a way to make my own from old TV speakers and cardboard paper boxes. I found the sound to be bass-heavy due to the deep hollow of the box, but acceptable. Later, a friend showed me the use of a 4 mfd capacitor to send high notes to a small tweeter speaker placed at the top of the box, which improved the sound quality greatly.

Dave Hoffman and I mapped out pathways using all the alleys in the neighborhood as a freeway system to get to places we went without riding on the streets. I could ride on my bike from my house to Pup and taco on glenoaks and Angeleno only using a street for the last two blocks. Once I ran through a stop sign and was pursued by a BPD officer. Fearing what my Dad would say I took a quick right and went between two apartment buildings into the alley and to a number of evasive alley connections and lost the officer rather easily. I will always be grateful for the Burbank alleys.

Alleys are another interesting thing that distinguishes Burbank from other cities. Theyre everywhere. I have no idea why. When the city planners laid out the streets, for some reason they ensured that most of the lots were bisected with alleys. My favorite Burbank alley is the one at West Jeffries between Hollywood Way and Pepper; my mother called it Hotsy Alley -and that story is recounted here.

In general, alleys in Burbank were were one got beaten up in or abused in some way as a kid. On the last day of school in fourth grade, the story in the classroom was that the sixth graders – who were departing Monterey Avenue Elementary School for Junior High and who were consequently wild, reckless and cared not about school rules – laid in wait for underclassmen, whom they would drag into alleys and scrub, that is, smear with lipstick. I recall getting on my bicycle when the final bell rang and fearfully pedaling for home as if on fire.

Its funny – for years I thought I was the only one who remembered this detail from 1965, until I mentioned it on a Monterey Ave. School Facebook page. One woman confirmed the story and said, Yes! Scrubbing was the Terrors! Hahahaha… indeed. The Terrors!

9/3/13 – Various Burbank Memories by Arnold McMunn

In 1959 and for a few years thereafter, Mr. Big was known as Winkys before it became Mr. Big Burgers. Winkys was where I became familiar with Taquitos, made with rolled shredded beef. My Mother worked at Winkys.

My father worked at Wayne Watsons Shell Service in the 60s. A scene in the motion picture, Point Blank (director John Boorman) was shot there. In the Summer of 1964 my Father came home after work and told us that he had serviced a Rolls Royce. The automobile was carrying four well dressed young men with long hair, and my father said that they were very well behaved. He said that he asked them were they were from. And one of the young men replied, Liverpool.

Owls Drug Store became Jay Scotts Drug Store. And up the street from it on Irving was the laundromat, a Winchells Donut Shop, a carpet and wall covering store not necessarily at the same point in time, and Arnolds Department Store where you could buy incense, toy pop-pop boats, sundries, Beatles and Monkees banana flavored Bubble Gum Cards, and Sen-Sen and Fan Tan Gum, Greenie-Stickum Cap Pistols, and (hopefully) live turtles and goldfish. I think they sold James Bond bubble gum cards as well. Maybe Im dreaming.

The San Fernando Rd. at Delaware location where Ralphs currently exists was formerly a Hughes Market which in 1959 was known as McDonalds Market which used a Scottish Piper as a Mascot. The Oscar Meyer Wiener Wagon made a stop at McDonalds Market one Saturday in 1960.

Shopping Bag became a Vons Market. When it was a Shopping Bag, they often gave away free samples. One Summer they gave away mini ice cream cones. My Brother and me got in line about ten times for that, and they still gave us the cones.

In 1959, the main building/rec room at McCambridge Park had a cigarette vending machine alongside the soda cup and candy bar vending machines. Across the street on Andover, we boys were removing the wheels from broken roller skates and nailing them to boards that we would then sit on or try to stand on as we coasted downhill.

I am looking for a picture of the Marlindo Bowl.

In the 1960s, you could buy a ticket to the Cornell Theater for fifty cents by showing your John Muir Jr. High School Student I.D. Card. And in 1965, the McDonalds across the street from the Cornell offered free Saturday Matinee coupons for kids shows such as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and From the Earth to the Moon.

The TV show Laugh-In held a cast party on The Golden Mall. The public was invited to watch from afar. White tents containing the festivities, out of public view, were pitched on the mall. Mike Connors (Mannix) was a guest.

Denco Department Store: Where you could buy a green plastic dill pickle key chain for 99 cents.

Skipper Frank was the host of the Popeye show on KTLA Ch. 5 in the early 60s. He played Santa Claus (unnamed) at the live reindeer display that was held near Owls Drug Store in the late 50s/early 60s.

George Washington Elementary School held an annual White Elephant Sale and Carnival to raise funds. They sold items such as Confetti Eggs which were whole egg shells, emptied through a hole applied on the end of the eggs with care by concerned mothers so that the intact shells could then be dried and filled with confetti. The children were encouraged to buy these confetti eggs and throw them at anyone.

The amusement ride at this carnival was usually a ride in the back of a military Duck around the playground at whirling speeds. There were Carob Trees around the log cabin in the playground.

In 1965, in Sun Valley, California there was a short-lived commercial dragstrip just off of San Fernando Rd.

In 1968, local pranksters used to throw Salvo Laundry Detergent Tablets into the fountains on The Golden Mall, with predictable over-suds action.

In the summer, I used to swim in the pools at McCambridge Park, and at Lucile Cowles Swimming School.

I also remember Dons Restaurant and the burgers with the green leafy lettuce. But the best burger that I have ever had was, bar none, the Mr. Big Double Cheese Burger from the management who ran the place in 1993. The next management who took over in 1994, about the time of the Northridge Earthquake, took it from being The Best to the absolute rock bottom Worst. But if I can find the former 1993 Mr. Big management with a current burger location, man, Ill be there!

8/22/13 – Snow White Lane from Facebook

8/1/13 – Memories of the Handy Market from Facebook

7/5/13 – The Swing Shift Dance by Don Bilyeu

Don Bilyeu (Burbank High, Class of 1945) remembers the Lockheed LERC Swing shift dances held in the Olive Rec Center during World War II. These started at 1 AM and lasted until 6 AM. The band would play a tune composed by them they called the Lockheed Lochinvar.

6/19/13 -Memories of Thrifty Drug Store on San Fernando Road by various Burbankers

5/20/13 – How My Life of Crime Ended by Jim Voigt

My life of crime ended in the late 1940s at Winsteads grocery store in Burbank.

Skipping school once from Bret Harte Elementary wasnt enough. No, I had to compound my flirtation

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Hollywood Burbank Airport, legallyBob Hope Airport3(IATA:BUR,ICAO:KBUR,:BUR) is a publicairport3 miles (4.8km) northwest of downtownBurbank, inLos Angeles County, California.1The airport serves the northernGreater Los Angeles area, includingGlendalePasadena, and theSan Fernando Valley. It is closer toGriffith ParkandHollywoodthanLos Angeles International Airport(LAX), and is the only airport in the area with adirect rail connectiontodowntown Los Angeles. Non-stop flights mostly serve cities in thewestern United States, whileJetBlue Airwayshas a dailyred-eye flighttoNew York City.

Originally, the airport was located completely within the Burbank city limits, but the north end of Runway 15/33 has since been extended into the city of Los Angeles.

The airport is owned by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority and controlled by the governments of those cities. The Airport Authority contracts with TBI Airport Management, Inc. to operate the airport, which has its own police department, theBurbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Police. Boarding uses portable boarding steps or ramps rather thanjet bridges.

Federal Aviation Administrationrecords say the airport had 2,647,287 passenger boardings (enplanements) incalendar year2008,42,294,991 in 2009, and 2,239,804 in 2010.5It is included in theFederal Aviation Administration(FAA)National Plan of Integrated Airport Systemsfor 20172021, in which it iscategorizedas a medium-hub primary commercial service facility.6

The airport has been namedUnited Airport(19301934),Union Air Terminal(19341940),Lockheed Air Terminal(19401967),Hollywood-Burbank Airport(19671978),Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport(19782003),Bob Hope Airport(since 2003, legal name),3andHollywood Burbank Airport(since 2016, branding name).3

United Aircraft and Transport Corporation(UA&T) was a holding company created in 1928 that includedBoeing AircraftandUnited Air Lines, itself a holding company for a collection of small airlines that continued to operate under their own names. One of these airlines was Pacific Air Transport (PAT), which Boeing had acquired because of PATs west coast mail contract in January 1928.7UA&T sought a site for a new airport for PAT and found one in Burbank. UA&T had the benefit of surveys that the Aeronautics Department of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce had conducted starting in 1926 to identify potential airport sites.8

It took UA&T a year and the cooperation of the city to assemble the site.9The 234-acre (0.95km2) site was rife with vines and trees and the ground had to be filled and leveled, but it had good drainage, a firm landing surface, steady winds, and good access to ground transport.10Construction was completed in just seven months. In an age when few aircraft had brakes and many had a tail skid instead of a wheel, runways were not usually paved; those at Burbank had a 5-inch-thick (130mm) mixture of oil and sand. There were no taxi strips, but the designers left room for them. Two of the runways were over 3,600 feet (1,100m) long; a third was 2,900 feet (880m); all were 300 feet (91m) wide. Generous dimensions, and the site had room for expansion.11

United Airportwas dedicated amid much festivity (including an air show) on Memorial Day weekend (May 30 June 1), 1930. The airport and its handsome Spanish revival terminal was a showy competitor to nearbyGrand Central AirportinGlendale, which was then Los Angeles main airline terminal. The new Burbank facility was actually the largest commercial airport in the Los Angeles area until it was eclipsed in 1946 by theLos Angeles AirportinWestchesterwhen that facility (formerly Mines Field, then Los Angeles Municipal Airport) commenced scheduled airline operations.

The Burbank facility remained United Airport until 1934 when it was renamedUnion Air Terminal. The name change came the same year that Federal anti-trust actions caused United Aircraft and Transport to dissolve, which took effect September 26, 1934. The Union Air Terminal moniker stuck untilLockheedbought the airport in 1940 and renamed itLockheed Air Terminal.

In March 1939 sixteen airline departures a day were scheduled out of Burbank: eight onUnited Airlines, five onWestern Airlinesand three onTWAAmerican Airlinesthree departures were still at Glendale).12Commercial air traffic continued even while Lockheeds extensive factories supplied the war effort and developed numerous military and commercial aircraft into the mid-1960s. The April 1957 OAG shows nine weekday departures on Western, six on United, six onPacific Air Lines(which subsequently merged withBonanza AirlinesandWest Coast Airlinesto formAir West), one onTWAand one onAmerican Airlines(a nonstop to Chicago Midway).Pacific Southwest Airlines(PSA) had 48Douglas DC-4departures a week to SFO and SAN (PSA did not fly out of LAX until 1958).13

In the late 1960sflew nonstop to Las Vegas and San Francisco with direct one stop service to Eureka/Arcata.Pacific Southwest Airlines(PSA) flew from Burbank to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego, andHughes Airwest(previously Air West) flewDouglas DC-9-10sandMcDonnell Douglas DC-9-30snonstop to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Denver with one-stop DC-9 jet service toHouston Hobby Airport. Hughes Airwest even operated one-stop DC-9 flights toGrand Canyon National Park Airportnear the south rim of the Grand Canyon. In 1986flew nonstop toChicago OHare Airportwith the 767 being the largest passenger airliner ever to serve Burbank.flew nonstop to the Bay Area and direct to Lake Tahoe.

At 3:30p.m. on February 13, 1966, a fire broke out in a greasy flue in the kitchen of the terminal buildings second-floor restaurant, The Sky Room. Fanned by gusty winds, the fire spread through the terminal and control tower. Controllers in the tower were able to escape on an aerial ladder and air traffic was diverted to nearbyVan Nuys Airportand Los Angeles International Airport for several hours. A controller communicated with aircraft using the radio in a light airplane belonging to Sky Roamers Air Travel, a flying club whose hangar was just east of the control tower. The fire, contained by about 6:30p.m., caused an estimated $2 million in damages to the terminal, tower and equipment in the tower. No injuries were reported.

Lockheed officials declared that the airport would reopen the next day, and it did, using electronic equipment borrowed from LAX and set up in a nearby hangar. The hangar also served as the airports temporary passenger terminal and baggage claim area. The gutted terminal and tower were rebuilt and reopened the following year.

In 1967 Lockheed renamed the facilityHollywood-Burbank Airport. In 1969Continental AirlinesbeganBoeing 720Bflights to Portland and Seattle via San Jose and also flew the short hop to Ontario. Continental later switched toBoeing 727-200swith some flights continuing to Chicago via Ontario. Continental went on to serve Denver with nonstop Boeing 727-200s from BUR. LaterAlaska AirlinesBoeing 727-200s flew nonstop or direct to Seattle and Portland, which was Alaska Airs first service to southern California.Aloha Airlinespioneered flights from BUR to Hawaii, flyingBoeing 737-700snonstop to Honolulu before ceasing operations.

A 1973 decision by theUnited States Supreme CourtinCity of Burbank v. Lockheed Air Terminal, Inc.overturned an airport curfew imposed by the city ofBurbank, Californiaon flights between 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM under the U.S. ConstitutionsSupremacy Clauseon the grounds that airports were subject to federal oversight by theFederal Aviation Administrationand under the terms of theNoise Control Actof 1972.14

The facility remained Hollywood-Burbank Airport for more than a decade until 1978 when Lockheed sold it to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. The airport then got its fifth name:Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport(19782003).

On November 6, 2003, the airport authority voted to change the name toBob Hope Airportin honor of, a longtime resident of nearbyToluca Lake, who had died earlier that year and who had kept his personal airplane at the airfield.15The new name was unveiled on December 17, 2003, on the 100th anniversary of theWright brothersfirst flight in 1903, the year that Bob Hope was born.

Numerous attempts to expand safety buffer zones and add runway length have drawn opposition from the airports neighbors, citing increased noise. Open space around the airport is nonexistent, making land acquisition unlikely.

In 2005 the airport celebrated its 75th anniversary; in 2006 it served 5,689,291 travelers on seven major carriers, with more than 70 flights daily.

After much debate between the Airport Authority, the city of Burbank, the Transportation Security Administration, and Burbank residents, in November 2007 it was decided that a new $8-million to $10-million baggage screening facility for Terminal B is legal, considering the anti-growth limitations placed on the airport. The facility will house a $2.5-million explosive detection system, used for the automatic detection of explosives within checked luggage. However, the facility is still in the early planning phases.16

The land occupied by the old Lockheed buildings (demolished in the 1990s) at the corners of Empire Avenue and Hollywood Way and Thornton Avenue, is now the site of a growingpower centercommercial development with chain restaurants and businesses.

Hollywood Burbank Airport covers 614acres(248ha) at anelevationof 778 feet (237 m) above sea level. It has twoasphaltrunways: 15/33 is 6,886 by 150 feet (2,099 x 46 m) and 8/26 is 5,802 by 150 feet (1,768 x 46 m).1Airliners generally take off on Runway 15 due to wind from the south, and land crosswind on Runway 8 since that is the only runway withILSand clear terrain for the approach. Flights from the northeast sometimes land visually on Runway 15 to save the extra distance circling to Runway 8. When the wind is from the north airliners often make a visual left-base approach to Runway 33, with a left turn close to the airport.

In the year ending October 31, 2016, the airport had 131,465 operations, average 360 per day: 51%general aviation, 33%scheduled commercial, 15%air taxi, and 1% military. In November 2017, 106 aircraft were then based at this airport: 50jet, 32 single-engine, 14 multi-engine, and 10helicopter.1

On June 27, 2014, a $112 million Regional Transportation Center opened. The 520,000-square-foot center at Hollywood Way and Empire Avenue was also built to withstand a major earthquake while serving as an emergency nerve center. The industrial-looking hub with a red steel roof will be adorned by 16, three-story art panels. Solar panels generating 1.5 megawatts of energy will also be added to its roof. A nearby parking garage was built to handle more than 1,000 cars, while traffic lights have been reworked around the airport.17

There is also a replacement terminal in the works at the airport. A plan to develop a new airport terminal building was unveiled by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority in 2013. The replacement terminal would cost a reported $400 million and meet newer seismic standards and be further away from the runway as required by theFederal Aviation Administration.18The new location is west of Hollywood Way on undeveloped property that has been used in recent years for parking. The Burbank City Council left it up to voters to decide on the plan. Known as Measure B, the proposal went before Burbank city voters on November 8, 2016, and passed with 69 percent of the voters approving it.19

The next step in the terminal replacement process is for the Airport Authority to finalize the new terminals design, get FAA approval and then secure the required financing from the FAA and other sources. Airport funding sources include FAA grants, parking fees, landing fees charged to airlines, as well as rents from restaurants and other concession businesses operating at the airport. There are also fees charged on airline tickets sold, including passenger facility charges and federal taxes. Once the funding is nailed down, the Airport Authority will bid for the project. The replacement terminal is expected to encompass 355,000 square feet and the same number of gates (14). Also, air travelers will see more restrooms, additional restaurant and concession space, improved security screening areas and other enhanced passenger amenities.

Hollywood Burbank Airport has two terminals, A and B, joined together as part of the same building. Terminal A has nine gates numbered A1 to A9 and Terminal B has five gates numbered B1 to B5.

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According to theOfficial Airline Guide(OAG), the following airlines previously operated scheduled passenger jet service from the airport over the years:29

previously operated mainline jet service from the airport.American Eaglepreviously operated

previously operated mainline jet service from the airport.

previously operated as Air West from the airport

former wholly owned division ofUnited Airlines

Hollywood Burbank Airport can be reached using the Hollywood Way exit (number 149) offInterstate 5, the Hollywood Way (west) or Pass Ave (east) exit (number 2) offState Route 134, or the Victory Boulevard exit (number 8B) offState Route 170. Car and pedestrian access to the terminal is provided at either Hollywood Way and Thornton Avenue or on Empire Avenue one block west of Hollywood Way. On-site parking consists of valet parking, short-term parking, and Parking Lots D and E. Remote Parking Lot A is located at Hollywood Way and Winona Avenue. Remote Parking Lot B is located on Hollywood Way north of Burton Avenue. Remote Parking Lot C is located on Thornton Avenue west of Ontario Street. Shuttle buses are provided from Parking Lots A, B, C, and D to the terminal buildings. A shuttle stop is also located at the corner of Hollywood Way and Thornton Avenue.2

LyftUber, andWingzalluse the passenger drop-off locationin front of the main terminal for departing travelersand arrivals use the adjacent Short Term Parking structure directly opposite the Terminal.

There are two bus stop areas: Hollywood Way-Thornton Ave (a short walk east of Terminal A) and Empire Ave/Intermodal, a short walk south of Terminal B next to the train station. All Burbank-bound lines serveDowntown Burbank (Metrolink station).

AmtraksCoast StarlightandPacific SurflinerandMetrolinkVentura County Lineserve theBurbank AirportSouth stationlocated south of the airport. The train station is a short quarter mile walk from the terminal area, and a free shuttle bus with luggage racks connects the terminals and the train station. From this station, the Ventura County Line provides access to downtownLos AngelesandVentura County; AmtraksPacific Surflinerprovides access toSan Luis ObispoSanta Barbara, downtown Los Angeles,Anaheim, andSan Diego.

MetrolinkAntelope Valley Linestops at theBurbank AirportNorth stationlocated about 1 mile north of the terminal near the intersection of San Fernando Boulevard and Hollywood Way, and a free shuttle bus takes passengers to the terminal.34. From this station, theAntelope Valley Lineprovides access to downtownLos AngelesandAntelope Valley.

A potential extension of the MetroRed LineandOrange Line(which currently terminate atNorth Hollywood station) could one day extend to the airport.35

In 2002, Terminal A was renovated and expanded. Plans existed for years to expand the airport with a new passenger terminal north of the existing one, but these plans have been scrapped due to significant opposition from the Burbank City Council and local groups.

A 2004Federal Aviation Administration(FAA)reportcited the need for expansion at this airport, but for now this seems impossible due to agreed upon restrictions of the size and number of gates. Under a development agreement, no gate expansions to the terminal are permitted until after 2015. The passenger terminal is too close to the runways, according to current safety standards, but isgrandfatheredin because of its age.

As of 2013, the airport is again trying to replace the legacy terminal. The proposed new terminal would be built on the north side of the airfield, with the existing terminal on the south side demolished once the new terminal is constructed. The number of gates and ground-boarding would be retained, but the new terminal would be larger and would address the safety deficiencies noted above. Building the new terminal requires a vote of the citizens of Burbank.New Terminal Visioning Page

Bob Hope Airport was initially built for smaller aircraft; as a consequence, the airport has one of the smallest commercially used runways in the United States. The result is a challenging landing for even the most experienced pilots.

On September 21, 1938,USAACChief Maj. Gen.Oscar Westoverwas killed in the crash ofNorthrop A-17AS,

, c/n 289, 1, out ofBolling FieldWashington, D.C., in a crosswind short of the runway. The single-engined attack design, used as a high-speed staff transport, crashed into a house at 1007 Scott Road in Burbank. Also killed was Westovers mechanic, S/Sgt Samuel Hymes.

(Another source identifies him as Sgt. Samuel Hyne.)

Northeast Air Base, Massachusetts, was renamed Westover Field on December 1, 1939, laterWestover AFBon January 13, 1948.

The location of the crash may indicate that Gen. Westovers intended landing field was not Bob Hope Airport (then Union Air Terminal), but a nearby landing field, Lockheed Aircraft Company Plant B-1 Airfield (34.189N, 118.331W), 1 mile southeast of Bob Hope Airport, which existed from ca. 1928 until World War II. The site is now the Empire Center Shopping Center, with a Staples, Lowes, and Target where the runway had been.

On August 6, 1945, leading U.S. fighter aceRichard Bongwas killed when his planes primary fuel pump malfunctioned during takeoff on the acceptance flight of P-80A 44-85048. Bong either forgot to switch to the auxiliary fuel pump, or for some reason was unable to do so. Bong bailed out of the aircraft but was too low for his parachute to deploy. The plane crashed into a narrow field at Oxnard St & Satsuma Ave, North Hollywood.

On October 31, 1951, a Pacific Southwest DC-3 crashed shortly after take-off intoValhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, immediately south of the airport. Though damaged, the fuselage remained intact and there were only very minor injuries.

On September 8, 1955, Currey Air Transport Flight 24, aDouglas DC-3bound forOakland, crashed on the airport property while returning to the airfield after experiencing an engine failure shortly after takeoff. The plane, N74663, struck a power line on the southern boundary of the airport, causing it to crash into two parked Air Force C-54 aircraft and aLockheed Aircraftservice hangar. The pilot, co-pilot and an airport employee on the ground were killed; the planes stewardess and one passenger were seriously injured. The remaining 29 passengers on board received minor injuries.

On December 14, 1962, aFlying Tiger LineLockheed L-1049H Super Constellation freighter (N6913C) crashed in dense fog 1-1/2 miles west of the airport during an instrument landing system (ILS) approach to Runway 07. The Constellation clipped a telephone pole and billboard and crashed in an industrial and residential neighborhood near the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Vose Street inNorth Hollywoodafter the aircrafts 38-year-old pilot suffered a heart attack at a critical point in the landing approach. All five occupants of the Constellationthe pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer and two non-revenue passengersdied in the crash. Also killed were two persons in a commercial building and a teen-age girl in a house that were among the structures struck by the plane.

On December 5, 1982,Douglas C-53N163E operated by P Crossman was damaged beyond repair in a taxiing accident.

On March 5, 2000,Southwest Airlines Flight 1455, upon landing on Runway 8 at Burbank following a flight fromLas Vegas, overran the runway, injuring 43. TheBoeing 737crashed through a metal blast barrier at the end of the runway, then an airportperimeter fence, and came to rest in the traffic lanes of Hollywood Way, a main northsouth thoroughfare. The plane stopped close to aChevrongasoline station located across the street from the runway. The incident resulted in the dismissal of the pilots. The Chevron gasoline station was subsequently closed and removed due to safety concerns.

On September 21, 2005,JetBlue Flight 292took off from Burbank, and the nose gear failed to retract and instead jammed sideways. The aircraft spent several hours in the air before safely making an emergency landing atLos Angeles International Airport, with 140 passengers and 6 crew members aboard. TheAirbus A320was originally bound forJFK International Airport, inNew York City, New York. After the aircraft took off, the incident was quickly captured by news helicopters which ran feed that was shown live nationally on cable news. Notably, many passengers on the flight said they watched images of their own aircrafts flight on JetBlues LiveTV system.

On October 13, 2006, aGulfstream Aerospacejet overran the runway upon landing.

There were no reported injuries amongst the five passengers and two crew members.New York Yankeesthird basemanAlex Rodriguezwas on board, on his way to attend the funeral of teammateCory Lidle. Rodriguez was uninjured, but the accident happened two days afterthe fatal plane crash of his teammate.

The airport has been used as a filming location for projects including:

, season four, episode four: The Case of the Singular Double. Originally aired on October 8, 1960, the airport can be seen in the beginning of the episode as the Lockheed Air Terminal as the camera pans from right to left.

, season two, episode fourteen: The Believers. Originally aired December 5, 1967. Hollywood-Burbank Airport is prominently displayed at the opening of Act II.

, starringElizabeth TaylorRock HudsonandJames Dean. NearbyWarner Bros.studio utilized the airport during filming in 1955 to shoot the Jett Rink Day parade and celebration sequence, in which Taylor and Hudson arrive by plane at Jett Rinks new airport and discover that their daughter, Luz (played byCarroll Baker), has been named queen of the festivities when they see her riding in an open convertible in the parade.

, a song byMegadeth. Many Southern Californiametalfans were on hand after hearing an advertising campaign on now-defunct radio stationKNAC. The film shoot turned rowdy, with fans spray-painting planes on the tarmac and leaving broken bottles on the runway.

, where an actor, Steve Sires, playingBill Gates, is flown into this airport on aMicrosoftjet before he makes his appearance inMacArthur ParkinLos Angeles. There, Gates is shot and killed in a fictional assassination.

used BUR as a stand-in for three different airports:

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Chhatrapati Shivaji International AirportinMumbai, for which the exterior of the terminal was digitally redressed and an establishing shot of the central terminal was flipped (so that vehicular traffic would be seen moving in the correct direction)

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(Los Angeles, CA: Hall of Records, 1929.) Some authors claim, without documentation, that a federal Department of Commerce survey identified the site. The fact that Dr. Carpenter had been the Los Angeles meteorologist for the U. S. Weather Bureau and the Chambers Department of Aeronautics name may explain the confusion.

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Burbank Peak

Burbank Peak is a summit-like perch at the end of a ridge extending west from Cahuenga Peak, the highest point in. Hikers have many reasons to reach the top of Burbank Peak. One popular motivation is delivering a message to the, a long pine on Burbank Peak that rises above the surrounding brush. The viewpoint also hosts an America Flag in honor of September Eleventh and views over Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. Burbank Peak presents the opportunity to hike on toand the summit of Mount Lee at the back of the

Burbank Peak Trail is a down-to-business single track that climbs 570 feet in half a mile. Parking isnt available at the start of the trail, so youll also need to walk up Wonder View Drive on this 1.6-mile round trip outing with 740 feet of elevation change.

Since parking is not available at the top of Wonder View Drive where Burbank Peak Trail begins, utilize the free street parking along adjacent Lake Hollywood Drive and hike a paved quarter mile up Wonder View Drive to the start of the trail. Cross a yellow gate near the top of Wonder View Drive and come to a large dirt landing next to a holding tank. Turn right off the dirt road up a single track marked with a sign for Burbank Peak Trail.

Burbank Peak is directly above the start of Burbank Peak Trail, which was previously called Wonder View Trail. Look up and you may see the America Flag at the top. The trail heads east and climbs steep slopes on the south side of Cahuenga Peak.

Burbank Peak Trail is a rugged single track, narrower than other Griffith Park trails, providing a fair bit of solitude. As you gain elevation, radio towers atop Mount Lee come into view to the east. To the right, look out from the mountainside down a canyon towardLake Hollywood Reservoirand some of the taller buildings in Hollywood.

After 0.45 miles on Burbank Peak Trail (0.75 miles from the start), the ascent finally lets up as the trail comes to a marked junction on a ridge that runs east up Cahuenga Peak. To the right, Aileen Getty Ridge Trail proceeds up Cahuenga Peak. To the left, Burbank Peak Trail extends a short distance farther to Burbank Peak, a point at the west end of the ridge. A well-positioned tree on Burbank Peak named the Wisdom Tree makes the peak easy to identify.

The Wisdom Tree is a solitary pine and a survivor of a 2009 wildfire that burned the slopes to the north. The Wisdom Tree has a few other nicknames, like the Tree of Life, the Giving Tree, or the Magic Tree. The trees wisdom seems to have surpassed those other attributes, soWisdom Treeis the best known title.

At an elevation of 1,690 feet, Burbank Peak has views into theSanta Monica Mountainswest of Griffith Park. Rest beside the Wisdom Tree and take in broad views over Burbank and Hollywood. Universal Studios and Toluca Lake lie below the peak. A trail register by the Wisdom Tree is filled with notes addressed to the tree. An American Flag flies beside the peak that is part of apotentially unofficialSeptember 11th Memorial.

If you head back the way you came from Burbank Peak, the outing is 1.6 miles round trip. The terrain ahead is less steep, so you can continue on with less effort.Cahuenga Peakis 1/3 of a mile up Aileen Getty Ridge Trail, which gains another 145 feet. Beyond that 1,820-foot summit, the single track continues across a ridge to Mount Lee just behind the Hollywood Sign.

Dogs are welcome on Burbank Peak Trail, but bikes are prohibited. Parking along Lake Hollywood Drive is free and no hiking permit is necessary. One fun benefit of Burbank Peak Trail comes after youve completed the hike and gain a greater awareness of how visible the Wisdom Tree is from different places in the cities below.

To get to the trailhead:Exit the 101 Freeway onto Barham Boulevard and drive north for 1/3 of a mile. Turn right at the light onto Lake Hollywood Drive. Take this winding road for half a mile up to an intersection with Wonder View Drive. Park along the street and begin hiking up Wonder View Drive.If you drive another quarter mile down Lake Hollywood Drive, you will reach the trailhead forLake Hollywood Reservoir Walking Trail.

Trailhead address:Wonder View Drive Lake Hollywood Drive,Los Angeles,CA90068

34.1331,-118.3364(34 07 59.15N 118 20 11.03W)

Click or hover over any spot on this elevation profile to see the distance from the start and elevation above sea level at that location, which will be highlighted on the map.

Or view a regional map of surroundingLos Angeles trails and campgrounds.

These photos were taken in May and October of 2010, October of 2011, August of 2012, and May of 2017. Click to enlarge.

This 3-mile hike on Burbank Peak Trail and Aileen Getty Ridge Trail ascends to Cahuenga Peak and the adjacent Mount Lee, home of the Hollywood Sign.

Lake Hollywood Reservoir Walking Trail

This 3.5-mile loop circles a peaceful fence-enclosed reservoir in the hills below the Hollywood Sign.

Hollywood Sign via Innsdale Drive, Mulholland Highway, and Mount Lee Drive

This 4.6-mile round trip hike combines trails and streets to deliver some of the very best views of the Hollywood Sign on the way to the summit of Mount Lee above the sign.

Hollywood Sign – Hollywood Reservoir Loop

This 5.4 to 7.4-mile loop combines trails and streets to visit the Hollywood Sign on Mount Lee, neighboring Cahuenga Peak and Burbank Peak, and Lake Hollywood Reservoir.

Mount Lee and the Hollywood Sign via Hollyridge Trail

This 3.5-mile hike ascends 750 feet to reach the summit of Mount Lee behind the Hollywood Sign.

Mount Lee and the Hollywood Sign via Brush Canyon Trail

This 6.4-mile hike crosses Griffith Park from Canyon Drive to the top of Mount Lee directly behind the landmark Hollywood Sign.

Mount Chapel, Mount Bell, and Mount Hollywood

This 5.7-mile loop tops three prominent summits on a panoramic tour of Griffith Park.

This short easy hike visits a man-made cave recognizable as the Batcave from the 1960s Batman TV series and hundreds of other locations on TV and film.

This relaxing half-mile hike goes through a tropical garden in the lushest little canyon in Griffith Park. Explore farther on a 1.75-mile hike in Western Canyon or venture up to the Griffith Observatory to see more of the park.

Griffith Observatory via West Observatory Trail

This 2.1-mile hike ascends from Western Canyon up ridges to Griffith Observatory, getting sweeping views over Los Angeles and Griffith Park along the way.

Griffith Observatory via East Observatory Trail

This 1.5-mile hike from Vermont Canyon Avenue up to Griffith Parks great observatory delivers excellent views over Los Angeles along the way.

Griffith Observatory to the Hollywood Sign

This 8.8-mile hike travels from one Griffith Park landmark to another, crossing Mount Hollywood along the way.

This 1,625-foot peak is a star of Griffith Park with panoramic views that can be reached from Griffith Observatory on a steep 1.4-mile hike or a scenic 2.65-mile trek and from lower in the park in Western Canyon for a hike of around 4.2 miles.

This hike is around three miles long and visits a less known summit on the southeast side of Griffith Park with views that deserve more attention.

Glendale Peak – Mount Hollywood Loop

This 4.15-mile hike tops two summits in Griffith Park that both have awesome views.

Cedar Grove & Vista View Point Loop

This 2.3-mile loop on the southeast side of Griffith Park follows paved and unpaved trails to two park attractions, a quiet grove with a picnic area and a helipad with panoramic views.

This hive-shaped point on the east side of Griffith Park is reached via a 1.7 to 4-mile round trip hike.

This half-mile hike explores the abandoned exhibits and animal cages in the ruins of the old LA Zoo in Griffith Park.

This 2.75 to 3.9-mile hike in Griffith Park climbs 500 feet to the easternmost summit in the Santa Monica Mountains.

This one-mile hike reaches a relaxing garden on the east side of Griffith Park that is a pleasant retreat for hikers.

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ACurbedarticle, The History & Future of Cahuenga Peaks Beloved Wisdom Tree

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Burbank Peak, Cahuenga Peak, and Mount Lee on Dans Hiking Pages

The dedication of Aileen Getty Ridge Trail on patch.com

A website dedicated to the tree on Cahuenga Peak

City of Los Angeles website for Griffith Park

The official website for Griffith Park

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Last updated:January 24, 2018Published:May 25, 20172 Comments onBurbank Peak Trail in Griffith ParkMarch 2, 2018Aimeewrote:

We are looking at all the different hikes, and as we are from london all the signs dont make sense. Id like to see the sign front the front and back also visit the wisdom tree. Is there a hike which covers all 3 of these ??? Help me pleaseeeee

Have a look at this circuit,Hollywood Sign Hollywood Reservoir Loop, to see the Hollywood Sign from the front and the back, plus visit the Wisdom Tree.

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