Fish on a Hook

by Pasadena Adjacent

In a project that never seems to happen, it’s great to find yourself a big fish in a city named after a lake that doesn’t exist.

Over that ridge is the desert floor of the Antelope Valley. Near Saddle Butte State Park (pictured) is the location of Los Angeles counties most far flung community. The charming hamlet of Lake Los Angeles.Former film location for the television series Bonanza, outlaw hangout and the only community willing to hire me.

Wiki Lowdown: The eponymous lake is mostly dry today. In 1967, during the 1960s land speculation boom in the Antelope Valley, land developers bought 4,000-acres in the region, sub-divided it into 4,465 lots and artificially refilled the natural lake and named it Lake Los Angeles as an enticement to landbuyers. Advertisements showed a water skier on the lake, and a showcase home on the top of the nearby hill, giving the impression of a resort town. The lake was allowed to evaporate after the initial developers sold their interests. Much of the land was sold to buyers who never visited the area. Those who stayed discovered that maintaining a lake came with a “lake tax”  so the lake stayed dry; but they kept the name.

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