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Notorious as the hotbed for civil unrest, Watts is a large community eight miles south of Los Angeles, California. Settled in the late 1800s, Watts has a long, dynamic, and often troubled history. And, although it remains a community with economic difficulties, it is becoming a popular location for artists.
The Watts Towers are the main draw for artists to the area. The colorful, beautiful, and slightly manic Watts Towers were built between 1921 and 1954 by Sabato Rodia, an Italian immigrant. Rodia, a construction worker, decorated his elaborate towers — some nearly 100 feet tall — with broken bottles, pottery shards, ceramic tiles, sea shells, and other found objects. Today, it is the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park, thanks to a group of citizens who worked hard to save the towers during the 1950s. The Watts Towers Arts Center is located near the towers.
Another historic site in Watts is the Watts Station, built in 1904. The station is on the National Register of Historic Places and has had a tumultuous history punctuated with tragic deaths and noteworthy incidents. Watts Station was the only building left untouched during the Watts Riots of 1965.