MEHER MOUNT

9902 Sulphur Mountain Road
Ojai, CA 93023-9375

Phone: 805-640-0000
Email: info@mehermount.org

HOURS

Wednesday-Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed

MANAGER/CARETAKERS

Buzz & Ginger Glasky

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sam Ervin, Preident
Ron Holsey, Vice President
Ursula Reinhart, Treasurer
Jim Whitson, Director
Richard Mannis, Director

OFFICERS

Margaret Magnus, Secretary

9902 Sulphur Mountain Rd
Ojai, CA, 93023
United States

(805) 640-0000

Story Blog

Anecdotes, activities and stories about Meher Mount - past, present and future.

The Heart Gate Once Again Welcomes Visitors

Margaret Magnus

By Margaret Magnus

The December 2017 Thomas Fire completely burned the wooden entry fence at Meher Mount. Only the metal gate with the heart in the center was left standing.

 THE THOMAS FIRE left an opening - you can see the tire tracks on the left - where pedestrians and vehicles could bypass the closed gate and enter Meher Mount. (Photo: Sam Ervin, December 21, 2017)

THE THOMAS FIRE left an opening - you can see the tire tracks on the left - where pedestrians and vehicles could bypass the closed gate and enter Meher Mount. (Photo: Sam Ervin, December 21, 2017)

Years earlier in 2003, Meher Mount's neighbors Larry and Maj Hagman had donated the metal gates that they no longer used. Former caretakers Ray Johnston and Elizabeth Arnold took them to an iron worker who cut them down to fit the space.

Ray also designed the gate to include a metal heart that was welded onto the gate. He then built the wooden fence at the entry and installed the gate. They painted the fence and gate white, and the heart was covered with reflective copper paint. 

 THE WHITE WOODEN FENCE and metal gate installed by Manager/Caretakers Ray Johnston and Elizabeth Arnold in 2003. (Photos: Ray Johnston, November 2003)

THE WHITE WOODEN FENCE and metal gate installed by Manager/Caretakers Ray Johnston and Elizabeth Arnold in 2003. (Photos: Ray Johnston, November 2003)

A SECURITY & SAFETY RISK

With the fence burned to the ground in December 2017, the opening created a security and safety risk as curious passersby wandered on the property to see the potential fire damage and to visit Baba's Tree.

As no one was in residence at the time, one of the first steps in fire recovery was to install a temporary security fence to discourage unauthorized visitors and to protect Meher Mount. Volunteers even covered the "Welcome" sign to indicate that Meher Mount was closed.

 A SECURITY FENCE is installed on December 21, 2017, to protect Meher Mount and visitors. The "Welcome" stone sign on the right is covered with green canvas. (Photo: Margaret Magnus) 

A SECURITY FENCE is installed on December 21, 2017, to protect Meher Mount and visitors. The "Welcome" stone sign on the right is covered with green canvas. (Photo: Margaret Magnus) 

Unfortunately, if a there was an unscheduled visit from a utility company - such as Southern California Edison - they took the metal gate off its hinges to get in. This situation was repeated a number of times - despite instructions on how to enter the property when no one was there. The result was that the gate was then out of alignment.

NEW IRON FENCE

In April 2018, the former, burned wooden fence was upgraded and replaced with a new metal fence. The metal helps protect Meher Mount in the event of future fires.

 A NEW FENCE integrates with the heart gate, the "Welcome" sign is uncovered, and Meher Mount is once again open to visitors. The heart on the gate is slightly askew and was later fixed by Ray Johnston. (Photo: Margaret Magnus, May 20, 2018).

A NEW FENCE integrates with the heart gate, the "Welcome" sign is uncovered, and Meher Mount is once again open to visitors. The heart on the gate is slightly askew and was later fixed by Ray Johnston. (Photo: Margaret Magnus, May 20, 2018).

The white gate was painted black to match the new fence, and the welcoming heart was once again visible. During a visit in May 2018, Ray Johnston worked to re-align the heart.

The heart gate is again welcoming visitors to Meher Mount. 

 THE FRONT FENCE looking toward Sulphur Mountain Road. The new fence is 100 feet long - not including the gate - extending it to the right. (Photo: Cassandra Bramucci, April 2018) 

THE FRONT FENCE looking toward Sulphur Mountain Road. The new fence is 100 feet long - not including the gate - extending it to the right. (Photo: Cassandra Bramucci, April 2018) 



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