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“This is used to disguise a slaughterhouse”

Reviewed 8 October 2012

Slaughterhouse - for pigs. Not pig Disneyland. Awful. I am shocked that anyone actually likes this "attraction".

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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Take your time seeing the amazing one-of-a-kind artwork on these walls! Truly amazing what an artist's eye can conceive. Very well spent afternoon. Small children around us got kinda bored and cranky, but older kids/teens thru adults will greatly appreciate such colorful works of art here.

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Reviewed 1 January 2008

This is a hidden gem in the Greater Los Angeles area. I grew up in Los Angeles and remember my mother driving by this mural on her way to the Sears Tower. The Folky, humorous art always made me smile.

For tourists headed from Los Angeles to Orange County to go to Knotts Berry Farm or Disneyland, this is a five minute excursion off the freeway while on your way. It is easy to find. Simply exit the 101/5 freeway from south at Soto Street. Turn Right and head past the Sears Tower approximately 3 miles. It is in Vernon on the left hand side.

The mural basically depicts farm landscapes where you can see fields, trees, corn, barns, etc and of course, lots of pigs, big and small. Some of the pigs are happy and carefree, either laying in the grass, playing in the mud or with each other, flying airplanes, sleeping in hammocks and interacting with everyone from a buxom hill billy gal to keeping a boy company while he's fishing to pulling a wagon for a Gladiator wanna-be.

Other pigs are trotting happily following a road and "Farmer John" signs to what they think is probably OZ, but is actually a smokehouse or a greased pig contest. A variety of other animals also grace this mural like dogs, chicks, quails, hawks, crows and probably even more that I may have missed this time around.

If you'd like to know the history of this mural, it basically goes like this. In 1957, Barney Clougherty, then owner of Farmer John, was approached by Les Grimes, a talented painter of scenic backgrounds for Hollywood movie sets, to decorate the outside of his building. With Barney's blessing, Grimes spent the next eleven years working on his "masterpiece." Unfortunately, Grimes died in a fall from a fifty- foot scaffolding he was using to paint a portion of the sky on the mural.

After Grimes' death, Clougherty hired Arno Jordan to finish the murals. Arno Jordan continued the legacy by painting new murals and restoring Grimes' originals. To noted art dealer Ivan C. Karp, the murals are "a fundamental tract for West Coast vernacular painting." What's great about this mural is that it includes several gatefold plates of entire walls. Now that's some great detail. The plant was purchased by Hormel who intends to maintain the murals.


In 1964 Farmer John shifted to sponsorship of radio broadcasts of Dodger baseball games. This led to stadium sales of Farmer John's famous "Dodger Dogs." However, the extra-long wieners did not become the Dodgers' official hot dog until around 1990. Dodger Stadium sold about two million of the "eastern grown, western flavored" wieners a year. In 1999, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council ranked Dodger fans as baseball's top consumers of hot dogs. Famed sportscaster Vin Scully pitched Dodger Dogs to great effect in his broadcasts. Clougherty also supplied other area sports venues, including the Rose Bowl Coliseum. SEE IF YOU CAN FIND THE PIG DRESSED LIKE A DODGER ON THE MURAL.

3049 E. Vernon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90058 Map Website
323 583-4621

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