La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles
Visit La Brea (Which meansTar Pits) and learn about the early years of Los Angeles. Discovering these ancient tar pits in the center of a city such as Los Angeles is quite surprising.
The Page Museum at La Brea offers a variety of educational expreriences as well as a visual example how the ta rpits--which actually are asphalt pits--trapped birds animals and insects from the Ice Age, more than 10,000 to 40,000 years ago. Mammoths, Saber tooth tigers, ancient animals big and small have been found in the excavations that began in 1908 and are continuing today. As you can see in photo four, Los Angeles was the home to hundreds of oil derricks and when they were banned from the city, the pools of tar started bubbling up out of the ground.
5801 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA.
Phone: (323) 934-7243
Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
Fondest memory: This last visit was especially fun because Yaqui, Dee and her friend Susan joined me to see the updated version of the Tar Pits and the Musuem. So, it was a mini-VT Meeting during the VT 15th Anniversary Celebration.
O.K., I know this sounds kinda unusual.... My friends brought me to see this...this....very touristy sight called the La Brea Tarpits.
About 40,000 years ago, deposits of oil rose to the Earth's surface... collected in shallow pools and coagulated into sticky asphalt. Fast forward... to the early-20th century, geologists discovered that the sticky goo contained the largest collection of Pleistocene or Ice Age fossils ever found at one location: more than 600 species of birds, mammals, plants, reptiles and insects! More than 100 tons of fossil bones have been removed in excavations over the last seven decades.
In all seriousness, it's a pretty interesting tourist attraction, so check it out O.K.?
The La Brea Tar Pits, home to twenty thousand sabre-tooth tigers.
Fondest memory: On Museum Avenue, in the La Brea area, next to the LA County Art Museum, you can't miss them. They're sort of big, black and bubbly.