Monday, January 27, 2014

Hiking Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook ~ The Backdrop to 'Hogan's Heroes'

Many have asked me, "Whatever became of the set of Hogan's Heroes?" Or "Where was Hogan's Heroes filmed?" Hogan's Heroes was filmed in two locations. Indoor sets were housed at Desilu Studios, while outdoor scenes were shot in Culver City, California, on what was known as "40 Acres Backlot."

While in Los Angeles in March 2012, I hiked the Baldwin Hills mountain up to the Scenic Overlook. What is important about this mountain range nestled next to Culver City is its proximity to 40 Acres Backlot, where so many film and television productions, including Gone With the Wind, The Andy Griffith Show, Star Trek, Gomer Pyle, and of course, Hogan's Heroes, were filmed, and where Bob Crane worked for six years during the sit-com's production (1965-1971).

View from the top of the Baldwin Hills mountain.
Below are photos from my trek up and down the Baldwin Hills mountain on a gorgeous sunny day ~ a day so clear you could see directly across all of Los Angeles to the Hollywood Sign. I'm also sharing maps of the area from 1965 (with sets clearly labeled and for which I take no ownership or credit!) and from Google Maps, which I did label, to give you an idea of where, approximately, Stalag 13 was situated.

Today, what had been 40 Acres Backlot is now composed of storage units, offices, and housing developments. But if you are in Culver City, take the morning or afternoon and hike Baldwin Hills. When you reach the top, look out over Culver City. The land below is steeped in Hollywood history, and you can almost hear the sounds of those iconic films and television shows rustling in the wind. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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Looking out over the approximate location of Stalag 13.
Looking out over the approximate location of Stalag 13.





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