Murphy’s Ranch – The Nazi Compound at Rustic Canyon

Rustic Canyon

The Murphy Ranch – 1940’s Nazi Compound at Rustic Canyon

What started out as a casual hike looking for the “500 stairs”, turned into a find that led me into one of L.A.’s forgotten past, the 1930’s Murphy’s Nazi Compound Ranch.

As my wife and I walked up to a run down gate, I questioned whether we should continue in that direction. Then a group of Boy Scouts came from behind the gates and said “the interesting place is back there”. We felt a little safer and continued down the trail.

We came up to a strange rusted iron building covered with graffiti. But one of the strangest buildings included the image above. Entirely made of concrete and covered with old and fresh graffiti. The area was riddled with trash, old and new. It’s obvious that people come here often to “party” and who knows what else. The building was empty inside but we didn’t stay long, just enough to take a few pictures.

At the time we didn’t realize what this place was, until I got home and did some research, it was an American Nazi group that built this strange place.

Yup, American Nazi’s led by a German named Herr Schmidt convinced the Murphy Ranch owners, Winona and Norman Stephens, to spend about $4 million for this mini Nazi hideout in the late 1930’s. According to an article in the LA Times from 1990, the compound included a 395,000 concrete water tank and their own power station.

Apparently they had planned to build a large mansion but they ran out of money. The initial goal was to build a Nazi stronghold until German Nazi’s would win the war and chaos would break out in the US, making this place some sort of “base”. Nice to know things didn’t work out that way. It was finally shut down on December 8, 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Feds swooped in and arrested everyone.

A map to this place can be found here. I’ve included a few more images of the Murphy Ranch below.
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International Tower at Long Beach during the Grand Prix

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International Tower in Long Beach

If you’ve ever been to Long Beach, I’m sure you’ve noticed this round building. It’s located on the corner of E. Ocean Blvd and Shoreline Dr, 700 E Ocean Blvd to be exact. The building is called the International Tower, why it’s called that I don’t know but you can visit their site for more info on it’s history.

For us locals it has always been that “round building”. I didn’t know the actual name of it until I researched it for this article. I took the picture this past weekend as I was attending the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

In fact you can see people having racing parties on the balconies. Click on the image to see the larger image.

I was there Saturday with my wife for the Grand Prix Celebrity Race and from the grandstand this building was literally overlooking the southwest side of the course. The views must be excellent for such an event.

Like to take a closer look? See an aerial view from google maps.

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