Peter Strauss Ranch
The image above is of an aviary which was in use during the Harry Miller period at Peter Strauss Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. “Peter Strauss Ranch is a historic site eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A (association with historic events or trends) and B (association with persons significant in our past). The site is significant at the state level under Criterion A for its association with the emergence and popularity of regional amusement and recreation parks in the years following World War II. The site is significant at the state level under criterion B for its association with Harry Miller, a pioneering automotive engineer whose many innovations contributed profoundly to the early development of automotive technology” (NPS Cultural Landscape Inventory).
The field visit to Peter Strauss Ranch was to collect data on the historic sites. Aaron Davis, an archeological technician, and myself spent the day using a Trimble GPS device to input the measurements and UTM coordinates of the historic sites in order to create GIS maps. After our first field visit here, we downloaded the data and created a map we will use the next time we go out and collect more data. This was a very beautiful location and I learned a lot about the process of data collection and analysis.