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    Quote Originally Posted by teds280z View Post
    OK to add to this can you solve the mystery of the 2 giant stone lions guarding the road on the right of hiwy 17 heading from Los Gatos to Santa Cruz. Back when I was a teen and after the Navy it was said to be an Albino Community and they were very inhospital. Supposedly people have disappeared up there.
    they may no longer be there, I don't remember seeing them.
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    Wow! Great now and then photos! I love history and you two nailed it!
    As for the lions, I remember hearing about them, but never heard about albinos or disappearnces. But what would I know? I was a half-snockered jarhead at Moffett Field. Tales like that would get thirty drunken Marines tearing those hills apart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teds280z View Post
    OK to add to this can you solve the mystery of the 2 giant stone lions guarding the road on the right of hiwy 17 heading from Los Gatos to Santa Cruz. Back when I was a teen and after the Navy it was said to be an Albino Community and they were very inhospital. Supposedly people have disappeared up there.
    Funny how rumours start about old gated mansions.

    The cats are Leo & Leona, concrete sculptures made in 1922 by artist Robert Paine. They are adjacent to the entrance to The Cats resturaunt. Installed at the gated driveway to a home built by Col. Charles Erskine Scott Wood. Col. Wood was a West point grad, communist, attorney, poet & philosopher, he died in the house at age 92. I belive it is still privately owned by normally pigmented humans.

    Maybe Grey3K can check to see if they are still there, bet they are.

    Joel, I am glad you & fellow leathernecks didn't hear the stories. That would of been a tragic loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vulture View Post
    Maybe Grey3K can check to see if they are still there, bet they are.

    Joel, I am glad you & fellow leathernecks didn't hear the stories. That would of been a tragic loss.<
    ahhah! i thought he ment in the area of lexington ( i've got lexington and alma on the brain atm )... I havn't been to Santa Cruz in 3 years which is probably why I didn't recall them. sure I can poke around locally and see what I turn up.
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    They were right on Hiwy 17 I believe somewhere past Lexing ton Res. going from Los Gatos. Those do look like the lions but when you drive by at night smoking that weird tobacco and a few beers or more and ladies different stories happen.

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    Just found out that yes it now is the entrance to the Cats restaurant as far as in the eightys but back in 69-75ish I know it was no restaurant. Maybe that is when the gentleman owned it. Sure he wasn't albino with a blood thirst. The story also said when anyone dissappeared the cats had red tears the next morn. Of course it looks like science won this story.

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    Just thought I'd tie this one off,

    Lexington, CA was indeed flooded by the lake and probably the foundations and such i found relate to it not Alma. Its slightly north of the bridge in the deepest part of the resivoiur. So I guess the remenants that I found where outlying buildings. The really interesting stuff is in water that can't be drained from the lake. What i thought was the narrow guage rail was actually more of the main highway. The road crossing the main highway went to the bridge and meandered to Alma.

    Alma, CA was south and west of Lexington on the side of the hill above and would still be partially on dry land although some of it might have been in the lake and on the shore, there are some scars from the roads on the hill and outlying period building may stand on private land.

    Both towns where totally destroyed by the creation of the dam. Leaving mostly remnants of foundations of which most are propably buried under silt.
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    Here is some information on the Colonel. http://oregonstate.edu/dept/press/u-w/woodIntro.html
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    Just a quick post mortem.. I did go back this weekend and find both Lexington and Alma. Thanks for all the help vulture, actually your directions ( yes I paced it off ) really made it possible .

    The photos
    http://picasaweb.google.com/grey3050...ir_county_park
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    The gps track
    http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=172841

    Once my books arrive I'll see if i can find something standing that hasn't been buried under 100ft of water for 100years... i think i got the bug
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    Very nice!
    Vulture is quite the researcher. We need to get him shackled in the Arizona Historical Society churning out information!
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