A preface to these images; all images are dated between 2011 and 2012 as validated by using Google Earth to determine the image dates.
Let's start with a popular one, is this photo evidence of the infamous hanging tree?
Actually, it's not. The original hanging tree was taken down many years ago however on a street view climb up TBR I found this tree which (although smaller) is a good representation of what the original used to look like. Let's see what else Google can show us.
Ah yes, this is the house (compound?) that people claim was the site of the old asylum. Note it is in a state of disrepair. Although Zillow says that the property was sold in 1995 for a bargain ($117,575) it does not look occupied. Some tell tale signs are the trees that are growing over the roof of the house. Also if you look very closely to the left of the main house structure you'll see a 1960's era umbrella chair just hanging out like it's still in style. Also the pool appears to have been drained yet a pool of rainwater sits stagnant. Interesting, isn't it?
Attached to this property are the ruins of The Singing Kettle Tea Shop. Long closed since the 70's this used to be a cozy secluded restaurant, now it's just a monument:
Wanna know what creeps me out the most? Ghost driveways!! These driveways to nowhere are scattered all over the Hacienda Heights side of the canyon and are only good for two purposes, helping explorers access spooky untouched home plots and giving me the creeps:
Ok, moving on and making a brief stop at one of my favorite old abandoned homes:
Although Zillow says that the house was sold in 1994 for a whopping $127,500 I can attest to it being completely barren in 1996. It was so barren in fact that there was no carpeting or flooring in the house (only floorboard) and it would get freezing cold in the winter due to the window seals being in deplorable condition. Sadly as I look at the pristine pool in this image I am assured by logic that someone has moved in and is taking care of the property. It was an amazing place to go skateboarding while it lasted.
Ok, here's the last bit I'll throw at you and it's been definitely worth waiting for:
Yep! It's Hell's Gate, still looking hellish after all these years, although in the nineties people were free to roam the property as the FEMA death camp gate and video surveillance systems were not up and running yet. So what was in there you may ask?
A remnant of the 1989 Turnbull Canyon fire of course! In this image Hell's gate is towards the bottom right and Skyline drive is to the top right. So as you can imagine, all those people that repel down the steep cliff at the top of descending drive totally miss this part of the property. In fact not too many people can attest to being here although me and my friends have gone there several times in our teens (spoiler alert, no signs of evil-doings or mystic powers are to be found there, at least not in 1996). But I strongly urge you to check this place out from afar as the new owner has gone to great lengths to tell people that they'll basically shoot anyone who gets past the razor wire and then feed them to the dogs. So in that light here's the closest look that Google Maps will give you:
So while I personally don't believe anything truly evil has been happening here (except for the way the owner has really let the original property die) I am always fascinated to hear your interpretations on the subject. So go ahead, have at it!
I hope you enjoyed this visual tour of some of the wonderful sights awaiting you at Turnbull Canyon.
Edited by subliminality, 01 April 2013 - 07:11 AM.