Crime Bus Tour of Weird West Adams Neighborhood
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Featured review from Heather
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This event definitely had a LOT of work behind it, from the research they had done looking through old newspapers to find the events, to mapping it out, to showing slides of newspaper photos on the bus screens, they thoughtfully used a huge bus with a bathroom and good A/C, and gave us cake and coffee halfway through. All of the stories were very interesting. I just wish I personally had a better grasp on the layout of the area, because I could never find any of the places again- I was lost geographically.
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“Best of L.A.” —Los Angeles Magazine
“Best of the weekend.” —L.A. Daily News
On this guided tour through the Beverly Hills of the early 20th Century, Crime Bus passengers thrill as Jazz Age bootleggers run amok, marvel at the Krazy Kafitz family’s litany of murder-suicides, attempted husband slayings, Byzantine estate battles and mad bombings, visit the shortest street in Los Angeles (15’ long Powers Place, with its magnificent views of the mansions of Alvarado Terrace), discover which fabulous mansion was once transformed into a functioning whiskey factory using every room in the house, and stroll the haunted paths of Rosedale Cemetery, site of notable burials (May K. Rindge, the mother of Malibu) and odd graveside crimes. Featured players include drunken ice cream men, the most famous dwarf in Hollywood, mass suicide ringleader Reverend Jim Jones, wacky millionaires who can’t control their automobiles, human mole bank robbers, comically inept fumigators, kids trapped in tar pits, and dozens of other unusual and fascinating denizens of early Los Angeles.
There are even some celebrity sites along the route, including the death scenes of Motown soul sensation Marvin Gaye and 1920s star Angels baseball catcher Gus Sandberg. And the architecture too is to die for, as the Crime Bus rolls down the elegant streets of old West Adams, lined with gay mansions, adorable bungalows and signs of a century’s decay which only enhance the neighborhood’s charm.
Passengers on this eye-opening, funny and informative tour will forever see the West Adams district in a new light. It is highly recommended for natives and newcomers alike, crime and history buffs and anyone who likes to seek out the unexpected.
_Passengers may bring food or drink. You are advised to have a filling breakfast and bring a sack lunch if desired.
No video or audio recording without permission._
Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes for occasional off-bus adventures.