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Name: Hancock Park La Brea
Site Number: #170
Date Visited: 08/24/2015
Other Designation: National Natural Landmark (www.nature.nps.gov)
Plaque Status: Private Plaque
Location: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Coordinates34.062585,-118.3548902
Websitewww.tarpits.org

Description: The bones of thousands of prehistoric animals that had been entrapped during the Ice Age in pools of tar that bubbled from beneath the ground were exhumed from this site. First historic reference to the pools, part of the 1840 Rancho La Brea land grant, was recorded by Gaspar de Portolá in 1769 – first scientific excavations were made by the University of California in 1906. The site was presented to the County of Los Angeles in 1916 by Captain G. Allan Hancock to be developed as a scientific monument.