The Landmark Project: CHL# 1038

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CHL# 1038 Hay Tree

The Hay Tree is an old, 50 foot high camphor tree standing in the middle of a grassy area in downtown Paramount.  The tree is a rare remnant of the city’s once thriving dairy and hay industry.  The towns of Hynes and Clearwater, which later incorporated to become Paramount, were in the middle of Los Angeles County’s extensive region of dairy farms that thrived during the first half of the twentieth century.  Hynes-Clearwater was the “Hay Capital” of the world from about 1930 to about 1960.  There are no other properties in Paramount that are linked to the hay industry except for this tree.

Descriptions of each landmark are from the California Office of Historical Preservation website.

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