Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

Know Your City No. 133 - Airport control tower

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.

Follow Scott Harrison on Twitter and Google+

Thumbnail view of all From the Archive posts.

1 Comment

  1. 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.)

    By: Steve Smith

Add a comment or a question.

If you are under 13 years of age you may read this message board, but you may not participate. Here are the full legal terms you agree to by using this comment form.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until they've been approved.


Required, will not be published

Browse All Photos »