White Point Military Reservation

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White Point Military Reservation (1942-1978) - A World War II Coastal Military Reservation established in 1942 as a sub-post of Fort MacArthur. Abandoned in 1978.

White Point MR, Battery 127 Casemate #2
White Point MR Nike Missile Storage
White Point Military Reservation Overview from Battery 127 with the Remains of the Nike Missile Battery Below

Endicott Period

Two Endicott Period commanders stations and six fire control stations were built on parts of the reservation as early as 1920 but the complete reservation was not fully acquired until July 1942.

World War II

White Point MR, Battery 127, Inside Casemate #1

Part of the Harbor Defense of Los Angeles.

Battery 127 was constructed on the reservation beginning in 1942 as a part of the Los Angeles Harbor Defenses modernization program. This was a standard 100 series battery containing two 16" guns in thick casemated concrete emplacements. The huge guns were mounted in July 1944 and the battery was accepted for service on 11 Sep 1944. The guns were scrapped after the end of the war in 1948, but the concrete casemates and bunker remain today.

White Point Military Reservation World War II Battery (edit list)
Click on Battery links below
No. Caliber Type Mount Service Years Notes
Battery 127
Battery Bunker
2 16" Casemated Barbette (CBC) 1942-1948
Source: CDSG
White Point Military Reservation Plan

Cold War

White Point MR, Nike Missile Assembly Building

A U.S. Army Nike Missile Site (LA-43) was built on the lower part of the reservation in 1954 to help protect Los Angeles from Soviet air attack. The site was upgraded to the newer Hercules missiles in 1965 and an underground storage and launch complex was built on the lower part of the reservation. The site remained active until 1975 and in 1978 the property was transferred to the City of Los Angeles.

Current Status

Currently owned by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and operated as a nature preserve and open to the public. The casemates of Battery 127 are open but the internal rooms of the central structure are not. The Nike site is viewable and some of the remaining buildings are open and repurposed. No period gun or carriages are in place.

Location: White Point Nature Preserve, Los Angeles County, California.

Maps & Images

Lat: 33.719954 Long: -118.313227


  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project Harbor Defenses of Los Angeles, (LA-AN-WDC-44), 31 Aug 1944, CDSG


Visited: 1 Feb 2009

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