Exploring LA: Watts Towers

One of the things I figure I should be blogging about along with where some inspirational ideas to my writing come from is also some of the local places that have helped inspire my writings as well. One of those is the Watts Towers. I’ve known about them almost since I first moved to LA fifteen years ago and have wanted to visit them just as long. It was only just this last month that I finally did. The Watts Towers, or the Towers of Simon Rodia as they are also known as, are a collection of

seventeen sculpted structures within the Watts community built by Italian immigrant Sabato Rodia. It took him over 33 years to build the towers (and the neighboring walls) which is now a National Historic Landmark. The Watts Towers have been mentioned in everything from movies & TV shows to songs and books as well. The Towers have an interesting, if not somewhat colorful, history, which can be researched on Wikipedia, the Towers own website (wattstowers.org) or even explored when visiting the towers themselves. Do note there are specific hours that one can visit the Towers, if they wish to go inside and walk amongst them, but even if it is afterhours you can still go and visit and walk around the perimeter of them as well.

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