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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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All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2003 - 2017.


Just outside the breakwater.

Just outside the breakwater.

Just outside the breakwater.
Angels Gate Lighthouse
Angels Gate Lighthouse in fog.

Looking out at harbor entrance.

Looking down on the harbor.

Welcome to Los Angeles Harbor.

Vincent Thomas Bridge, AKA San Pedro's 'Golden Gate'.
Before there was a bridge, there was ferry service to Rattlesnake Island (renamed Terminal Island in 1891). For many years, plans to build a tunnel connecting San Pedro with Terminal Island were studied and one even approved, before deciding that a bridge might be better. Then a bridge was considered and studied In 1958, legislation passed to build a bridge and the same year, the Board of Harbor Commissioners passed a resolution to support a bridge. Additional legislation passed providing for funding culmination in ground breaking on May 28, 1960. The start of construction was delayed of issues with selling the bonds and securing acceptable bids.

Actual construction began in May 1961 by Guy F. Atkinson Company, building the sub structure, approach roads, toll plaza, and administration building. The anchor blocks were the first built entirely on pilings. The first steel was set by the contractor Kaiser Steel Corporation with sub contracts to Yuba Erectors and cable work by John R. Roebling's Sons (Roeblings built the Brooklyn Bridge). The bridge was the first wall welded with no rivets. The towers stood 35 stories above the water. Cables were strung and the bridge was dedicated on September 28, 1963. The bridge formally opened to the public on November 15 ,1963 at midnight. Ferry service ended the day before. The bridge was named for San Pedro area Assemblyman Vincent Thomas who was instrumental in the legislation that lead to the construction of the bridge.

Repainting the bridge requires 1,500 gallons of zinc, 500 gallons of primer, and 1,000 gallons of green paint.

This author remembers paying tolls when working on a movie filming on the island in the late 1980s but when working on a TV show in 2014, the toll booths were gone.

Vincent Thomas Bridge.
Vincent Thomas Bridge.

Container crane.
Container cranes.

Containers on Terminal Island.

Catalina Express taking tourists to Catalina Island.

Looking south from Larson's Marina.

Larson's Marina.

Tub boat.

Cruise ship.



Goodyear Blimp flying over the harbor.

Dock near the USS Iowa.
Ital Contessa unloading Ital Contessa unloading
Ital Contessa unloading.
Ital Contessa unloading.

Taga Tucano Taga Tucano
Taga Tucano.
Taga Tucano.

Fishing gear along Ways Street.

Japanese Fishing Village Memorial on Terminal Island along Seaside Avenue next to the fire station.

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