Old Trapper's Lodge


Back in the 1940s, pioneer scion and innkeeper John Ehn began sculpting concrete figures representing California's Wild West past and used them to embellish the Old Trapper's Lodge, his humble motel near Burbank Airport. The pop-eyed statuary, which include a pioneer engaged in hand-to-hand combat with an American Indian, another Indian spiriting off a scantily clad woman, various miners, pioneers, ladies of the evening, trappers, and an elaborate "Boot Hill" cemetery, graced the site until several years after Ehn died, at the age of 84 in 1981. To avoid the wrecking ball that demolished the motel in the late 1980s, the statues were moved lock, stock, and tombstone to Cleveland Park, part of the Pierce College campus in Woodland Hills, where you'll find them today. Unknown benefactors keep the statues painted and in good repair, and the entire assemblage has been named a California State Historical Landmark. You'll have to look hard for them, however. They are tucked away in an obscure corner of the college's agricultural area, behind the Agricultural Science Building. To find the Old Trapper's Lodge statues, take I-405 to the Winnetka off-ramp. Drive west for five lights; turn left into the main entrance of Pierce College. Continue on the main campus road until you reach the bottom of the hill, then turn left. You'll see the Agricultural Science Building, an adobe-style structure, on the right. The site is open to the public during daylight hours.


6201 Winnetka Ave
Pierce College campus
Woodland Hills, CA 91371


34.18298600, -118.57119300
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(818) 719-6401

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