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Location DB > United States > California > San Pedro > Sunken City
Sunken City
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created by big dave on 3/30/2006 11:26 PM
last modified by MattTrakker on 5/25/2009 4:34 AM
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Old roads which have fallen into the ocean. You can still see pipes and wires from the old houses.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

San Pedro, California
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • Cliffs, unstable surfaces, falling rocks, etc
  •  Interesting Features
    Just an awesome example of man vs nature.

    This location was used in the movie "The Big Lebowski" for the scene where Donny's ashes are scattered.
     Security Measures
  • There is actually a walking path open to the public from Pt Fermin Park.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 1933
     Required Equipment
  • binoculars
  • gloves
  • head protection
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment

    "When they said that California would fall into the sea, they weren't kidding! Well, at least that was the case of San Pedro, California. In 1929 a sizeable section of land in the southern tip of San Pedro began to unexplainably slip into the sea. The 600 block of Paseo Del Mar began moving seaward in 1929 and continued to slip until the mid 1930s. Movement was measured as high as 11 inches a day. Due to quick action, all but two of the houses on the seaward side of the street were moved before toppling into the sea. The eastern section of Point Fermin Park was lost and the entire area is very unstable, yet not moving at the present time. Geologists have termed this phenomenon as a "slump" and this area has been featured in many geological studies and books. This geological mystery also occurs about 4 or 5 miles up the coast from this spot at Portuguese Bend in Rancho Palos Verdes. The Portuguese Bend Slide Area is still moving and slipping into the sea. Palos Verdes Drive South, the main road through the area, has to be refurbished continuously and frequently as it is constantly being displaced by the movement. This area is closed by chain link fencing, but may still be viewed at the south end of Pacific Avenue or the east end of Pt. Fermin Park at Paso Del Mar and Gaffey Street."

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     Future Plans
    It will slowly become part of the ocean.

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     Photo Galleries
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    First trip to Sunken City
    Thu, Mar 30th, 2006
    posted by big dave
    29 pictures
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    a few from mike
    Fri, Mar 31st, 2006
    posted by mikeisbeast
    2 pictures
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    My First Trip 2006
    Wed, Jun 6th, 2007
    posted by Photo Explorer
    9 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 5/25/2009 4:49 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on May 25 09 at 4:49, Steed validated this location
  • on May 25 09 at 4:34, MattTrakker changed the following: Interesting Features
  • on Aug 1 07 at 2:39, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 6 07 at 17:41, Photo Explorer added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jun 6 07 at 17:32, Photo Explorer updated gallery My First Trip 2006
  • on Jun 6 07 at 17:32, Photo Explorer created a new gallery
  • on Jul 3 06 at 7:09, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 3 06 at 6:33, big dave updated the main picture
  • on Jul 3 06 at 6:30, big dave deleted 13 pictures from gallery First trip to Sunken City
  • on Apr 20 06 at 6:49, Emperor Wang validated this location
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