Old Trapper's Lodge


The Old Trapper's Lodge is located at 6201 Winnetka in Los Angeles, California and is a historical site that was once a motel created by John Ehn to represent how he saw the Wild West. The vision was not politically correct, but rather Mr. Ehn's interpretation of the area. Old Trapper John's Lodge is the California State Registered Landmark #939, Twentieth Century Folk Art Environment. It's a collection of rustic statues and hilarious tombstones from a place the sculptor created, named Boot Hill, an old western town in the late 1800's.

This is a not-to-be-missed attraction, one that even the locals don't know about. Aerial maps can be used to get some idea of where exactly it was on the Pierce College campus, since the students and staff have no idea it's there. The attraction is found when traveling out El Rancho toward DeSoto - the DeSoto gate is closed, so visitors must enter from Winnetka and drive to the left, curve right around the Performing Arts area, turn left on El Rancho, beyond a huge gate, to the site just to the left of a low building with a tile roof. Visitors should expect to spend at least half an hour, maybe more if you want to read all the funny tombstones.

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