Weird California
Weird California
Weird California - By Joe Parzanese

Pearsonville, Hubcap Capital of the World

Map Pearsonville, California 93527

Hubcap Capital of the World
Hubcap Capital of the World

Pearsonville is now a ghost town. Although the 2010 census states that 17 people live there (down from 27 in 2000), we couldn't find any when we stopped by to visit with the Uniroyal Girl off Highway 395. The green city sign announcing the town as Pearsonville has an elevation listed on it, but no population metric.

Pearsonville was originally known as the Hubcap Capital of the World due to the over 80,000 hubcaps that had been collected by Lucy Pearson. Back then, the town apparently consisted of an enormous wrecking yard, an extremely bizarre playground, a large water tank proclaiming the town the Hubcap Capital, and thousands upon thousands of hubcaps. The Hubcap Lady, a Uniroyal Girl stood in front of the playground and supposedly there was some sort of stealth car on display.

Now however, the wrecking yard is closed, surrounded by a high fence complete with chicken wire ontop; the playground is falling apart, and the only thing open in this ghost town is a Shell station that has a Subway sandwich eatery inside it.

The Uniroyal Girl is still there, watching over the highway, but the wrecking yard looks terrible, complete with creepy "Stay Out" signs, and the Playground is in ruins with the exception of the astro-turf around some of the playground jungle gym pieces.

Sadly, also, the thousands and thousands of hubcaps are long gone.

Children's park with astroturf.
Children's park with astroturf.
Side view of Uniroyal Girl
Side view of Uniroyal Girl

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Last Edited: 2013-06-04


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