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Photo Essay - Kaiser Steel Fontana 1996

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Located in the farthest eastern part of Los Angeles county, Fontana is infamous for its distinction as the birthplace of the Hell's Angels and as perhaps the key southern California hub for methamphetamine distribution. Fontana's image to the outside world is now largely the product of its NASCAR speedway, which makes TV appearances throughout the year. Fontana is hot, dry, windy and dirty. The only geological feature of this industrial center in what would otherwise be uninhabitable desert is the presence of massive piles of slag, a byproduct of steel production. These massive mounds of gravel-like material are visible from the 10 freeway, and are an ever present reminder of why Fontana exists in the first place - Kaiser Steel.

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