Jon Crispin's Notebook

Watts Towers

Posted in Architecture, Art, Friends, History, People, Travel by joncrispin on 03/07/2011

John and Lynne took us on a mini tour of places of note in the LA area yesterday.  It is amazing to watch John navigate around the area.  He grew up out here and knows the streets very well.  Lynne does the driving and John says things like “Why don’t you turn right here?”  We always end up in amazing places.  The Watts towers are a National Historic Landmark and worth a visit.  Learn more about them here.

Whenever I think of Watts I am reminded of my great friend Alex’s tales of his time as a young man in the National Guard and being placed on a corner with live ammunition during the riots of 1965.  Not having been given much in the way of guidance, he wasn’t sure what would happen, and fortunately for everyone around where he was stationed, not much did.

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