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A Los Angeles trailer court could soon get the same protected historic/cultural monument status as the world-famous Hollywood sign, according to Reuters news service.
The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission has asked the City Council to give the 1.7-acre Monterey Trailer Park near Pasadena the monument status because of its place in the history of the great American road trip.
Monterey Trailer Park dates back to the early 1920s and is a precursor to the motel and the modern RV campground. “It began as an auto camp, a place where car travelers to California could come and were offered temporary housing in this collection of landscaped camp sites and cabins,” said Ken Bernstein, director of preservation for the Los Angeles Conservancy.
The facility still has “two 1920s Craftsman style houses, the original bathing and laundry building and a structure thought to have been one of the 10 original guest cabins,” according to the Reuters report. “It is now home to about 30 people in 20 permanent trailers and mobile homes, many of them dating back to the 1950s.”
The city council is expected to vote on the designation within the next few weeks, according to Reuters.