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#TheBearGoesEverywhere Watts Towers


#TheBearGoesEverywhere Watts Towers

In 1921, Simon Rodia, an Italian Immigrant, bought a piece of land that was shaped like a triangle. Since the street was a dead end, Simon lived in the smallest home located at the end of the block, next to the railroad tracks. With no plans, drawings or permits, and a vision in his mind that only he understood, Simon went on to build the Watts Towers.

Simon, a construction worker, began to work on the Watts Towers at the age of 42. At the time he was constructing the towers he called them, “Nuestro Pueblo” (In Spanish it means, “Our Town”). Using simple tools, salvaged steel, wire mesh, damaged pottery pieces, green glass and cement mortar to help hold it all together, Simon worked on these towers for 33 years.

Simon Rodia stopped working on the project and deeded the property to a neighbor. In 1956, the order to destroy the towers was issued by the city but Actor Nick King and Bill Cartwright purchased the towers and fought to save them. Today, the Watts Towers Art Center holds tours and attracts people from all over the world.

Although the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department doesn’t patrol the area of Watts, the towers are approximately 1.6 miles away from the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Train Station which is where the Blue Line and Green line cross paths. The buses and trains that drop off and pick up patrons on that platform are patrolled by LASD. It is also home to the main operational center of the LASD Transit Services Bureau. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Transit Services Bureau provides law enforcement services to the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles that the Metro Train runs through and shares responsibilities with two other police agencies.

Transit Service Bureau has a long history of working with Metro, as the Sheriff’s Department was the first law enforcement agency to provide service to the Blue Line when it opened in 1990. Their top priority is to provide a safe environment for commuters who travel on the mass transit system using the bus and rail lines within Los Angeles County.

So, if you decide to take the Metro Blue Line or bus and see one of our fine Transit Service Bureau deputies working, don’t forget to say, “Hello.”

If you would like to see the Watts Towers for yourself, visit the following link for further information: https://www.wattstowers.org/