Pearsonville, California: Hubcap Capital of the WorldThe wrecking yard was filled with hub caps, and Pearsonville claimed to be the world's capital. Recent visitors report the hubcaps are gone.
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Nooo hubcaps .. playground is no longer creepy.[Jennette, 05/02/2015]
Pearsonville was once known as the "Hubcap Capital of the World" because of resident Lucy Pearson's collection of over 80,000 hubcaps. Despite the moniker, not one hubcap could be found (and neither was Lucy for that matter) during a visit over Easter weekend. The Uniroyal Girl is there as well as an old junkyard and funky abandoned childrens' playground. But except for a Subway sandwich stop just up the road, Pearsonville is a modern-day ghost town. Unless you wanna sammy it's not worth a visit.[Glamour Bomb, 04/03/2013]
Claims-to-fame can be vaporous. Maybe when the town revives, hubcap ladies will pour in from every corner of the globe. And the continued presence of a rare Uniroyal Gal suggests that all is not lost in Pearsonville.
We drove by hoping to get some hubcaps to add to our neighborhood hubcap art project, but it was closed. It was Monday around noon so not sure when it would be open. There are a lot of old junked cars in the junkyard. The playground and statue are there. The house across the highway has a bunch of hubcaps decorating the fence to support the Hubcap Capital of the World theme, I guess.[Hmr, 08/17/2012]
Hubcap Capital of the World
This place is WEIRD! We just had to stop to check out the hubcap capital of the world on a trip back from Death Valley. We didn't see a soul in the whole place. Not even the hub cap lady.
We did get some photos of the deserted playground. Very creepy. This particular piece of playground equipment looks like a deranged Grimace character from those old McDonald's commercials.[Roberta Morris, 05/08/2009]
Hubcap Capital of the World
We were lured to this obscure locality by Pearson's Wrecking Yard, where we hoped to find a car part. Expecting at least a Taco Bell for dinner, the 'town' appeared to consist only of 3 or 4 trailers on the other side of the Hwy, a HUMONGOUS wrecking yard w/hubcaps ALL over the place, and a really weird child's playground (no children in sight). We missed dinner, slept in the car in the parking lot of the wrecking yard, and were awakened when a strange woman in a bonnet began washing hubcaps right outside of our car. This turned out to be Lucy the "Hubcap Queen," and she evidently collected them and liked to wash them to make them shine.
We got our part and bought a postcard from Lucy of Lucy posing with several hubcaps. One of the weirder experiences in my life.[cheyenne, 02/10/2002]
May 2007: New photo -- this little oasis still makes a claim as "Hubcap Capital of the World." They added a couple of other worthy attractions in 2007 -- a Uniroyal Gal statue and a "stealth car."