A statue greets visitors at the main entrance to Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos. Jackson’s family has announced there are no plans for a funeral or burial at the ranch in Central California. But the rural former home of the pop star remains an attraction.
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Photos: Behind the gates at Neverland

A statue greets visitors at the main entrance to Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos. Jackson’s family has announced there are no plans for a funeral or burial at the ranch in Central California. But the rural former home of the pop star remains an attraction. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
A worker spruces up Neverland Ranch, the Santa Barbara County home Michael Jackson owned that fell into foreclosure. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
A prop made to look like an ice cream cart rests on a back patio at the ranch. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
One of the dozens of statues on the Neverland grounds. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
A treehouse at Neverland Ranch. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
A gazebo stands alongside train tracks at the property. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
The main entrance to Michael Jackson’s former compound. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
A play area includes a pirate ship wheel. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
Among touches at the fabled Central California ranch: a pond with fountain and swan. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
A view inside Michael Jackson’s former home in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
Detailed woodwork, wood floors and heavy beamed ceilings are found in the living room of the house at Neverland. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
A golden avian bathtub faucet in the master bath. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
Gardener Jorge Flores sculpts a bush at Neverland near where the amusement rides were once located. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
Larry King interviews Jermaine Jackson under a tree at Neverland Ranch that Michael Jackson often sat under when he wrote songs. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
A statue of three children sits over a creek at Neverland Ranch. Jackson’s family has announced that a memorial service for the singer will be held July 7 at Staples Center. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
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