October 14, 2015 —
Interior damage, dry rot, detritus in the Pico Cottage (Alex Mentry's 13-room mansion) and the 1885 Felton School at Mentryville, a California State Historic Landmark owned and managed
since 1995 by the Mountains Recreations and Conservation Authority, a joint-powers authority whose lead agency is the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
Although in disrepair at the time, it didn't appear to be quite as badly neglected just one year earlier.
Mentryville was the pioneer oil town in Pico Canyon that's associated with the birth of the California oil industry in 1876, when Alex Mentry brought in the first
commercially viable volume of petroleum west of Pennsylvania.
Photos by Lauren Parker.
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