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National Parks Under Attack
This Web site doesn't like to take political stands, but now it is necessary.

The current administration wants to reduce the size and number of National Monuments and allow oil drilling and mining in National Parks for the first time since the system was established. If you prefer trees and streams to oil wells and pipelines, contact your representatives in Washington NOW and tell them to protect these Crown Jewels of America.

Places Earth extends sympathies and hopes to both the people fighting to restore their lives in Puerto Rica and to those who’s lives have been taken or disrupted by the shooting in Las Vegas. Also to hurricane victims in Texas, Florida, and other areas of the Gulf region. Also to the fire victims in California. So many disasters in short time, all made worse by climate change.

State Parks, Historic Sites, and Museums need your help.

Throughout the country, state parks, historic sites, museums, and similar institutions are struggling to continue operating. Because of general financial problems, many of these institutions are operating on a reduced schedule or in danger of closing. Some are being forced to sell off artifacts and property. Many will not weather these hard times without your help.

Places Earth urges everyone to support these vital and important public resources any way you can. Please donate your treasure, time, and talent. Write to your governor and other elected officials telling them to find a way to keep state parks open. It will be your loss.

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Los Angeles River Bridges and Viaducts

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2008 - 2017.

Many of the bridges crossing the Los Angeles River are actually viaducts because a bridge spans a river, but many of these structures span the river, railroad tracks, and sometimes streets. The Los Angeles River runs 51 miles (32 in the City of Los Angeles) from the confluence of Arroyo Calabasas and Bell Creek in Canoga Park in the west San Fernando Valley to Long Beach Harbor. This short river drops more vertical distance than the Mississippi River. This river, which is almost dry during the summer, can carry huge volumes of water during the rainy season and this has caused this wild river to change direction nine times in the recorded history of Los Angeles. In the early years of the 20th Century, the outlet was in Santa Monica Bay but the corse changed to Long Beach following a large flood. To contain the river and prevent devastating floods, the river was channelized (concrete walls and bottom for most if its length) in the 1930s. This river gave life to the City of Los Angeles which is now trying to restore life to the river.

Dozens of large and small bridges and viaducts cross this river, some are presented here.

Plaque at North Spring Street Bridge.

4th_Street Viaduct, 1931

4th_Street Viaduct, 1931, replaced an older wooden bridge.

6th Street Viaduct, 1932, 4000 feet long.

January 27, 2016, the 6th Street Viaduct closed. Demolition began shorlty after. The night before, hundreds of people gathered on the bridge to say goodbye. This iconic bridge will be replaced by a moden bridge scheduled to open in 2019.

7th Street Viaduct

These graffiti artists were so humble in their creations, they hid their spray cans and pretended only to be admiring the art when the LA Conservancy tour bus pulled up.

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