Historic California Posts, Camps,
Stations and Airfields
Landing Hill Fire Control Site
Landing Hill Fire Control Site No. 10
comprised a total of 2.08 acres and was located along the present-day
site of Crestview Avenue, between Beachcomber Drive and Sea Breeze
Drive, in the City of Seal Beach, California. The site consisted
of 1.38 acres of leased property and 0.70 acres of permit property.
The leased and permitted property were obtained from the I.W.
Hellman Ranch on 2 August 1943. The Department of the Army also
obtained a no area license from the City of Seal Beach on 27
The installation was developed by the Army as a fire control
station and was incorporated into the Harbor Defense of Los Angeles.
The facility was designed for the observation ofsurface vessels
and the direction of gun battery fire. A three-level steel observation
tower, camouflaged to resemble an oil derrick, and a generator
shelter were constructed on the leased property. Other improvements
included cable lines for telephone communications and fencing
for site security. Electricity was provided by two 2.5 KVA generators.
This reservation provided fire control
datafor the following coast artillery batteries
The lease for 1.38 acres of property (observation tower) and
the permit for 0.70 acres of property (cable right-of-way) were
terminated on 8 April 1953. The no area license (cable right-of-way)
was terminated on 19 August 1953. The observation tower and generator
shelter were demolished by the Army. The cables installed in
the rights-of way were transferred to the I.W. Hellman Ranch
and the City of Seal Beach in lieu of property restoration. The
property is currently occupied by private residences and the
City of Seal Beach Gum Grove Park.
Sources: Los Angeles District,
US Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Defense Study Group
Report of Completed Works
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