Know Your City No. 133 – Airport control tower
This airport control tower image appeared as number 133 in the Know Your City series. The original caption in the March 30, 1956, Los Angeles Times reported:
KNOW YOUR CITY, NO.133 — Just because it supervises a lot of take-offs and oversees several strips doesn’t mean that this is headquarters for a bunch of burlesque queens. With those clues and the photo hints it should be easy. If not, see Page 28, Part ll.
ANSWER: To be perfectly plane about it, the structure in the photo could be nothing else but the control tower at Los Angeles International Airport. And if you didn’t recognize it, you’re just not on the beam.
In 1961, most airport operations were moved to the new central terminal. This control tower was replaced.
March 8, 2016, 11:10 am
Les Richter (who should be another Know Your City entry) bought the tower for a dollar and had it moved to Riverside International Raceway, where it was a prominent landmark for the next twenty years. (Eventually razed, RIR is now a nondescript shopping mall and housing development.)
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