Sepulveda Dam

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Built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1942, the Sepulveda Dam has been used for locations for countless films and commercials including "Escape From New York", "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" and most recently "Gattaca", "Bones" and "Iron Man II".  Last year the Deadmau5 music video "Professional Griefers" was lensed here.

Today the dam is part of the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Refuge.  In December 2012, on the other side of the spillway featured in this image, the Army Corps of Engineers clear-cut an estimated 80 acres of what some say were mostly native shrubs -- and homes for many local and migratory birds. Environmentalists say the damage was done in excess of posted plans, and without opportunity for public input. But the Corps says it was necessary to help police an area known for homeless camps and lewd behavior.

While taking images on this side of the spillway I observed a group of teenage boys and girls sliding down the sides of the concrete embankment on folded chairs while others circled around on skateboards carrying torches of burning branches presumably found on the river banks. These adolescents were generally friendly but they seemed to be in an altered state.  I didn't stay much longer after dark for fear of my personal safety and the remoteness of the location.

It is my intention to "shoot the truth" in my panoramas, that is to say WYSIWYG. However in this instance, I photoshopped out and removed a huge painted phallus on the side wall here only because it was in poor taste plus it was an incredibly bad artistic rendering (if you could even call it art).  Since minors visit this site and the social networks in which my panoramas are featured, I felt this censorship was necessary.
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Latitude: 34° 10' 0" N, Longitude: 118° 28' 24" W see »

Location: United States

Panoramas by Tanja Barnes

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Map List

Where's Waldo?

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Picture Window View of Donner Lake

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From Donner Summit.

Interior: Donner Summit Tunnel Graffiti - Truckee, CA

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The Donner Summit Tunnels were decommissioned in 1993, after some 130 years of use. The tracks and water sheds are gone. The temperature in the...

China Wall of the Sierra - Truckee, CA

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Just outside and to the left of this tunnel is a hand built retaining wall that was constructed by Chinese laborers. It is now known as China Wall....

Exterior: Donner Summit Tunnel Graffiti - Truckee, CA

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During the winter, snow levels at Donner Summit can reach up to 70 feet.  In January 1870, nine months after the First Transcontinental Railroad...

An Entrance to the Donner Summit Railroad Tunnels - Truckee, CA

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Emigrant Chinese laborers constructed the railroad tunnels above Truckee, California, with picks and black powder in the 1860s as part of the...

Donner Pass - Truckee, CA

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Donner Pass,  in the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California, viewed from the Rainbow Bridge parking lot. Donner Pass is named for the...

Morning Twilight @ Bears Landing - Donner Lake, CA

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Testing Hejnar Photo Panoramic head.

Sepulveda Dam

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10 votes

Built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1942, the Sepulveda Dam has been used for locations for countless films and commercials...

Sepulveda Dam Graffiti

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Built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1942, the Sepulveda Dam has been used for locations for countless films and commercials...

Sepulveda Dam at Sunset

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Built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1942, the Sepulveda Dam has been used for locations for countless films and commercials...

La Casa de Pensamiento Libre (HDR) - Van Nuys, CA

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Testing Photomatix Pro 4.2

La Casa de Pensamiento - Van Nuys, CA

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Testing Canon 8-15mm @ 8mm.

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