Murphy Ranch contains the crumbling ruins of a property that once belonged to a Nazi sympathizer cult in the 1930’s. The FBI raided the property in the 1940’s and made several arrests for transmitting short-wave radio messages to the Germans.
It was later used as an artist commune and is now owned by the city of Los Angeles which would like to raise funds to clean it up and turn it over to the State of California. Currently, it is in a state of dangerous disrepair and neglect, creating an eerie, charged atmosphere for hikers and bikers to wander through. Local historian Randy Young commented on the property by saying: “I think we need pitiful memorials to a failed idea.”
Now the ocean mist and sparse Southern California rain tear it down piece by piece while lizards claim the rusty jungles as their home.