California

This data center is Verizon’s network access point known as NAP West, one of four NAPs the company has in the USA. It is part of Verizon’s Terramark brand of professional communication services, and is in the heart of one of the largest clusters of data...

529 Bryant Street, in Palo Alto, is an important early data center and internet connection point, once known as the Palo Alto Internet Exchange (PAIX), and the “Winchester Mystery House of the Internet.” It was a local telephone company building that was...

The Market Post Tower in San Jose was the original MAE-West building, a vital connection point in the early internet. Like its east coast affiliate, MAE-East, started at 1800 Boone Street in Tysons Corner, Virginia, MAE-West was set up by Metropolitan Fiber...

611 Folsom in downtown San Francisco is one of AT&Ts principal telco buildings in the city, and major data center and internet connection point. The building gained some notoriety when the National Security Agency’s tap into the telephone company’s fiber...

The old A-1 Tow Yard near Barstow was the location of the Tired Iron Museum, a display of homemade terminator vehicles built by Ed and Greg Parker. The Parker family owned and operated an auto repair and towing shop here, and created these functional desert...

The remote Carrizo Plain's status as one of the sunniest places in the state was exploited by the solar power industry from 1983 to 1994. This was by far the largest photovoltaic array in the world, with 100,000 1' x 4' photovoltaic arrays producing 5.2...

This is a densely developed 41-acre compound near the Los Angeles International Airport, containing 23 office and industrial buildings belonging to the Aerospace Corporation, a nonprofit corporation formed in 1960, in order to provide missile, satellite, and...

The AES power plant is the only major power plant in Orange County, which otherwise gets its power from outside the county. The plant can generate 450 MW of electricity, and is located in a coastal industrial area in Huntington Beach, adjacent to the Ascon/...

Once a popular recreational pilot fly-in airport, Agua Dulce Airpark, north of Los Angeles, is hardly used at all as an airport anymore, but has been used as an airport location for several film productions. The small terminal building has been renamed by art...

A major Air Force aircraft development and construction facility, with over eight million square feet of covered space. Contractors with substantial structures at the site include Northrop-Grumman, Rockwell/Boeing, NASA, and Lockheed-Martin's Skunk Works....

One of the largest rocket test sites in the country. The Air Force Research Lab's Aerospace Systems Directorate has its primary field lab at the remote northeast corner of Edwards AFB, on and around Leuhman Ridge, with additional test facilities on Haystack...

The U.S. Navy began building the 1,734-acre base on Alameda Island in the late 1930s, and for more than fifty years it was a repair and maintenance facility for Navy aircraft, including carrier-based planes and helicopters. Eventually the base was closed in...

The undeveloped Albany Dump peninsula (known as the Bulb) is composed of twisted metal, broken concrete, and other fragments of the urban landscape dumped into the Bay up until 1987. It has become a creative sculpture park and homeless campsite. At the base...

Alcatraz Island, the notorious prison that once housed 260 federal offenders per year on average, is now visited by over one million people a year. Tourists are permitted to see the main prison areas, however, much of the rambling old facility is off-limits...

This 80-mile-long canal brings water from the Colorado River to the citizens and agricultural industry of the Imperial Valley. The canal was completed in 1940, to replace a previous canal which served the same function, but traveled partly through Mexico (...

Located at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay, Alviso is an old port town with a dried up marina. Over a hundred years ago, Alviso was San Jose's shipping port, and after railways made the port less vital, it became a major cannery town. The Bayside...

Located in a remote stretch of desert, near the Nevada/California state line, the Amargosa Opera House, once an abandoned community center, offers weekly performances of classical ballet, theater, and pantomine. All the performances are written and executed...

The Ambassador Hotel, torn down in 2005, was a legendary urban resort built on Wilshire Boulevard in 1921, with over 600 rooms and 13 acres of floor space, designed by architect Myron Hunt. For a few decades it was a popular place for celebrities, from...

NASA's Ames site is an aerospace research and development installation, located at the southwest end of the San Francisco Bay in Silicon Valley, amid a cluster of similar enterprises, including Onizuka Air Base and Lockheed's Missile and Space division....

Like a bigger Alcatraz, Angel Island is an "away" place for the city, now as a park, but formerly as a site for activities undesirable in the midst of the city. Since the first use of the island as an artillery station in the 1860s, it has hosted many...

A museum about the Antelope Valley, housed in a Swiss-chalet style structure constructed atop a Piute Butte, built by homesteader, teacher, and self-taught artist Howard Arden Edwards in the 1920s. The unique and colorful structure, which Edwards used as a...

The Armstrong Flight Research Center (formerly Dryden Flight Research Center) is NASA's primary atmospheric flight research and test facility. It is located on Edwards Air Force Base. In 1946, engineers and test pilots came from the National Advisory...

Arrowhead Water, one of the largest bottled water brands in the western United States, has its original source here, just outside the gates of the Arrowhead resort, a large old vacant resort at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains. The source is a pipe...

Remnants from early and aborted construction attempts can be seen at the site of the proposed $1 billion Auburn Dam on the American River. This dam has been proposed in several forms since the 1950s; each time the proposed project failed to be executed....

An aviation parts yard, with an unusual collection of aircraft hulks and fuselages, used primarily by the movie industry. Pieces from this yard have been trucked all over the country and used in over 300 feature films, including SpeedHero...

The Sidewinder Cafe was renamed the Bagdad Cafe after it served as the principal shooting location for the 1987 film Bagdad Cafe.

The old Bank of America building, downtown at 7th and Spring, was the Los Angeles headquarters for the bank from 1930 to 1972. The upstairs offices are now used by the Los Angeles Department of Engineering, while the grand bank lobby, with vaulted ceilings,...

The Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base serves as a storage, distribution, and maintenance depot for Marine Corps facilities in the Pacific area and western portions of the United States. Equipment, weapons and supplies are warehoused, repaired,...

The Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base serves as a storage, distribution, and maintenance depot for Marine Corps facilities in the Pacific area and western portions of the United States. Equipment, weapons and supplies are warehoused, repaired,...

Barstow was founded as a railway town, and continues to be a major logistical center for material entering and leaving Los Angeles. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail company maintains one of its largest railway yards here, extending over 600 acres...