“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Beverly Hills in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Melhorn Overlook

Mulholland Scenic Parkway

Melhorn Overlook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, January 1, 2021
1. Melhorn Overlook Marker

Charles and Lotte Melhorn

More than fifty-year residents of the Santa Monica Mountains, Charles and Lotte Mel horn fought for the recognition of the natural areas and viewshed along Mulholland Drive as a precious public resource. Both dedicated countless hours to assure maximum preservation of the Mulholland Scenic Corridor. Charles was one of the early leaders in the 1970's to have Mulholland Scenic Parkway recognized by the City of Los Angeles. This resulted in the adoption of the City of Los Angeles Mulholland Specific Plan almost twenty years later. An advocate for landscaping with plants native to the area, Lotte was the first "volunteer of the year" of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority's volunteer naturalist program in nearby Franklin Canyon. Both Charles and Lotte were steadfast in their support of the scenic overlooks "for everyone to enjoy" in the face of much skepticism. "All those problems we have today are transitory," Charles said. "What will be remembered is what we did to improve the Mulholland Parkway for future generations."

Mulholland Scenic Corridor
Melhorn Overlook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, January 1, 2021
2. Melhorn Overlook Marker

Constructed in 1924, twenty four-mile Mulholland Drive in the City of Los Angeles was envisioned by the famous Water Bureau Chief and City Engineer, William D. Mulholland, as a scenic road that would transport city dwellers to the mountains and the beaches. The world-famous road winds through the spine of the Santa Monica Mountains and links city, county, State, and federal parks within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. From parkway vista points you can see panoramas of the city, mountains, and beaches, or hike trails into packets of wilderness hidden in the canyons. Eight miles of thesScenic Parkway from the 405 Freeway west to Woodland Hills remain unpaved, and are subject to closure. Mulholland Highway starts in the City of Calabasas and twists through the Santa Monica Mountains for thirty miles-to Leo Carrillo State Beach.
Erected by Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkNatural ResourcesParks & Recreational AreasRoads & Vehicles.
Location. 34° 7.915′ N, 118° 26.019′ W. Marker is near Beverly Hills, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker
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By Craig Baker, January 1, 2021
3. Map Detail
is on Mulholland Drive 0.3 miles east of Benedict Canyon Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13801 Mulholland Dr, Beverly Hills CA 90210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harry J. Wolff House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mulholland Drive Bridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); El Paradiso (approx. 2.8 miles away); Nancy Pohl Overlook at Fryman Canyon (approx. 2.8 miles away); Virginia Robinson Gardens (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Great Wall of Los Angeles (approx. 3˝ miles away); The Beverly Hills Hotel (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Country General Store (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beverly Hills.
Sign on Mulholland Drive image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, January 1, 2021
4. Sign on Mulholland Drive
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 15, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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Mar. 1, 2021