[cnn-photo-caption image="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/07/01/jackson.wrap/art.mj.gate.afp.gi.jpg" caption="Workers fix the gate at Neverland Ranch's entrance this week in Los Olivos, California."]
Tickets to Michael Jackson's Staples Center memorial in L.A. are gone, and fans without them are wondering where to say a special goodbye. From East Coast to West, these places either are part of the Jackson legend or had a hold on his heart.
The famous wrought-iron gates of Jackson's 2,700-acre ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif., have been replaced by wooden doors, which will be closed for the memorial service. But just outside them — where more than 7,000 visitors have left flowers, balloons and teddy bears — mourners are expected to continue their vigil on July 7, 2009, and beyond.
Jackson was born and raised in this hard-luck town in a one-story home on 23rd and — wait for it — Jackson Street. He rarely looked back once he moved away at age 11. Nonetheless, Jackson is a great source of pride to Gary, and the ongoing celebration at the house reflects that. A memorial service is set for July 10, 2009, at the town's U.S. Steel Works ballpark.
The Apollo Theater
Jackson's appearance with his brothers at the famed Harlem theater in 1976 is credited with launching the Jackson 5's career, and the Apollo has taken the East Coast lead in remembering Jackson's life. Thousands of fans have signed a remembrance wall that has had to be replaced three times to allow more signatures.
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