Tales of a Ghost Town: Llano Del Río

Llano del Río


commune (or “colony”) located in what is now Llano, California, east of Palmdale in the Antelope ValleyLos Angeles County.

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Recently, I moved to the Antelope Valley in California. Of course, the first thing I do is research the town, and it’s near by locations to find places to shoot. To my surprise, there are several great locations that yell out to be photographed. I’m inclined to capture the more eerie type of location, so the one place that I had to go first was Llano del Río.


To sum up the town’s story, the ruins are the remnants of a failed socialist commune that was officially launched on May 1, 1914. Colony grew in great numbers and was very productive the first 3 years, but then was threatened by the Board of Directors and the General Assembly. After some water shortages, false claims to potential buyers, and failed aspirations, the  colony decided to pick up and relocate to New Llano, Louisiana. In 1918, what was left of the colony in California, filed for bankruptcy – and now all that we have left is the decay of a failed colonial experiment.

I enjoyed exploring the ruins! I found a very interesting yellow flower bush, a well, as well as two under ground platforms. Rusty cans and old beer bottles (not from 1914) adorned the walls that seemed to have once supported a now long-forgotten stairway.  Definitely felt like an old ghost town.

Do you have any ghost town stories? Or better yet, have you ever photographed a ghost town before? Comment below! I’d love to hear all about it  – as always, I would love to see what you create. Please leave a comment with the link where I can follow your work.


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