Video Village With Ask Chris: Thank You Will Rogers

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I wrote about the tough times California State Parks are currently facing in the July issue of Los Angeles magazine. Dozens of parks are threatened with closure and it’s been a tough road for all 278 mountains, beaches and forests that the state operates. I recently spent a fun afternoon at Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades and was grateful that the family of the plain-talking cowboy donated the land that we still enjoy so many years after his death. The star has been gone since 1935, but his house, polo field, barns and even his car are still just as he left them. His last performance was at the recently restored California Theater in San Bernardino. Here’s a tour. 

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Nichols joined Los Angeles magazine in 2000. He writes the Ask Chris column and brings a historical perspective to the magazine with pieces on lost neon, vintage road trips, and stylish Angelenos living in the past. He has been involved in historic preservation for 25 years working to save the iconic mid-century modern architecture of Los Angeles. His book The Leisure Architecture of Wayne McAllister won the Independent Publishers award in 2008.Got a burning question about life in L.A.? Chris Nichols has an answer. Want an urban myth debunked? Need to settle a wager? E-mail your questions to [email protected]