Woodland Hills, California: Old Trapper's Lodge Statues

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Pierce College

7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills, CA
West edge of Pierce College campus, just east of the stables, in a stand of trees just west of the parking lot on the north side of El Rancho Drive.
Campus holidays - closed. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Trapper's Lodge.

Old Trapper's Lodge Statues

Mysterious folk art environment, statues built by John Ehn, "The Old Trapper."

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John Ehn Born.

Old Trapper's Lodge Statues: John Ehn Born 1897

John Ehn was born 125 years ago. He worked as a wildlife trapper for many years before settling down and opening a motel, the Old Trapper's Lodge, in California. In the late 1940s he began filling the property with his sculptures of prospectors, Gold Rush women, and bloody battles of settlers vs. Indians vs. wildlife. When Ehn died in the early 1980s his sculptures were considered so valuable that they were moved to the Woodland Hills grounds of nearby Pierce College and declared a California Cultural Landmark. Times have changed, and the college now views the statues as offensive and wants them gone. They're still an official Landmark, so they have to be safely moved somewhere -- but where no one knows.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 09/15/2022]

Pioneer family.

Old Trapper Statues

The park where the Old Trapper statues stand has a beautiful view to the north, and the landscaping is nice. The statues themselves are delightfully, hilariously creepy (and some not-so-delightfully racist), and some people sit near or with the statues for pictures (oh, hell no), but the setting is actually really lovely, which was a surprise.

[Lea Hernandez, 08/11/2019]

Kidnap sculpture.

Old Trapper's Lodge Statues

The Old Trapper's Lodge sculpture called "Kidnap" is a depiction of a Native American forcefully carrying away a scantily clothed "white" woman.

[Nikki Kreuzer, 02/28/2013]

Trapper's Lodge figures.

Old Trapper's Lodge Statues

The Old Trapper's Lodge statues are alive and well at Pierce College, which has grown from 13,000 to 23,000 students in the last ten years.

Just want to make a correction to Tibor's statement: Pierce College did not sell one iota of its 426 acres to developers or anyone else. The condominium development on Warner Ridge is on land that never belonged to Pierce College, although we did grant them a right of way to drive through our entrance during their construction.

The exciting construction and renovations to our 60-year old campus are courtesy of three bond measures passed by voters to improve L.A. Community Colleges.

[Doreen Clay, 01/18/2009]

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