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Swartout Valley Lodge parking and Big Pines Recreation Camp bridge
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection;
Schultheis, Herman
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 1938]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
Images available for reproduction and use. Please see the Ordering & Use page at http://tessa.lapl.org/OrderingUse.html for additional information.
Title supplied by cataloger.; Herman J. Schultheis was born in Aachen, Germany in 1900, and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1920s after obtaining a Ph.D. in mechanical and electrical engineering. He married Ethel Wisloh in 1936, and the pair moved to Los Angeles the following year. He worked in the film industry from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, most notably on the animated features Fantasia and Pinocchio. His detailed notebook, documenting the special effects for Fantasia, is the subject of a 14-minute short-subject included on the film's DVD. In 1949, he started employment with Librascope as a patent engineer. Schultheis was an avid amateur photographer who traveled the world with his cameras. It was on one of these photographic exhibitions in 1955 that he disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala. His remains were discovered 18 months later. The digitized portion of this collection represents the images Schultheis took of Los Angeles and its surrounding communities after he relocated to the area in 1937.
Big Pines Recreation Camp (elevation 6,862) was developed in 1923 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Parks and Recreation. It became a year-round resort with crowds of up to 10,000 on many weekends. Big Pines is located four miles west of Wrightwood in the Angeles National Forest. In 1940 Los Angeles County transferred the land to the U.S. Forest Service. Big Pines continues to be a popular recreation area, with three ski resorts, campgrounds and Jackson Lake. The Swartout Valley Lodge opened March 1927 at Big Pines Camp, and contained a store, restaurant, soda fountain, and post office. In later years, the lodge housed offices of the U.S. Forest Service, until 1987 when an arson fire destroyed the building.
People unpack in the parking lot of the Swartout Valley Lodge, and a sign for the cafe can be seen on the porch. The icy Angeles Crest Highway and Big Pines Recreation Camp bridge are in the background. The towers of this bridge mark the highest point on the San Andreas fault at 6862 feet. Only one tower remains because one was taken out when Highway 2 was widened.
1 photographic print :b&w ;11 x 15 cm.
Photographic prints
Herman J Schultheis Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection;
N-008-965 8x10
Swartout Valley Lodge (Big Pines, Calif.)
Mountain resorts--California--Big Pines Camp
Restaurants--California--Big Pines Camp
Parking lots--California--Big Pines Camp
Automobiles--California--Big Pines Camp
Bridges--California--Big Pines Camp
Towers--California--Big Pines Camp
Signs and signboards--California--Big Pines Camp
Pines--California--Big Pines Camp
Camps--California--Big Pines Camp
Snow--California--Big Pines Camp
Lost architecture--California--Big Pines Camp
Mountains--California, Southern
Angeles Crest Highway (Calif.)
Big Pines Camp (Calif.)
Schultheis Collection photographs

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