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In Search of Los Angeles' Lost Socialist Colony, Llano del Rio

Frank, Joshua

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  10/11/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

In search of the ruins of Llano del Rio, a socialist colony founded in 1914 by Job Harriman, looking to create a utopian community.



There was a nursery, So Ca'’s first Montessori school, an extensive library, a kiln, a bakery, a cannery, a sawmill, a machine shop, fields full of alfalfa, a charming hotel, and a communal dining room. Llano even had a damn orchestra. This wasn't a New Age hippie commune with free love and acid-induced orgies. This is where a party of anti-capitalists tried to make a socialist life in the desert at the turn of the 20th century. You can almost feel their energy, at least what's left. Despite Llano being designated as a California Historical Landmark, this place is all but forgotten.

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