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Parks and Wreck
Get to know four of L.A. County’s endangered green spots and their back stories before they’re gone
ANTELOPE VALLEY INDIAN MUSEUM
Built: 1928. Bet you didn’t know: The original builder hid a workshop in the tower designed to look like a Bavarian chalet. It is reached through a panel in the ceiling. Amount needed to stay open another year: $7,800. Status: The family of former owner Grace Oliver donated $425,000 in 2009, which might help the museum stay afloat.
SANTA SUSANA PASS STATE HISTORIC PARK
Built: 1822. Bet you didn’t know: The park includes a path that became a stagecoach route into L.A. It’s also the site of the former home of the Manson Family, Spahn Ranch, which became part of the park in 1984. Amount needed to stay open another year: $21,000. Status: Pending grant money might allow the park to remain open.
LOS ENCINOS STATE HISTORIC PARK
Built: 1849. Bet you didn’t know: The park grounds include a fully functional blacksmith’s shop. Amount needed to stay open another year: $150,000. Status:An anonymous donor has pledged the total amount. The park will remain open until further notice.
PIO PICO STATE HISTORIC PARK
Built: 1853. Bet you didn’t know: The grave of Pio Pico was relocated from downtown Los Angeles to a tomb near his rancho in 1921. Amount needed to stay open another year: $80,000. Status: Supporters have raised $40,000—which may spare the park for six more months.
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