L.A Brea Tar Pits


Many unique attractions flood the Los Angeles area, such as Universal Studios, Disneyland, The Santa Monica Pier, and many others. These fun attractions seem to cause the more historical attractions to sometimes get overlooked, such as The Getty Museum, The Los Angeles History Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Although these are very interesting places, the LA Brea Tar Pits tops them all.


    History of the Land: The land where the tar pits and the museum stands today has been ancient savannah and forest, Mexican land grant, Los Angeles County Park, and ranch land and oilfield in the past. Also, the land was a natural provider of asphalt for thousands of years with the purpose of human use. Originally, the land where the LA Brea Tar Pits are was ancient savannah and forest. In 1828, Antonio Jose Rocha received 4,400 acres of land from Rancho La Brea in a Mexican Land Grant. The purpose of this was for the nearby civilians to have as much asphalt as they needed for personal use. The land was eventually developed and subsided as the L.A. area grew, and George Allan Hancock was the last owner of the land on the Rancho. George Allan Hancock recognized the scientific importance of fossils found in the asphaltic deposits on the land. In 1924, George Allan Hancock created Hancock Park and donated 23 acres of the land of the ranch to the County of Los Angeles, intending for the fossils and land exhibited and preserved.


    The LA Brea Tar Pits Now:  The LA Brea Tar Pits provide a great experience to see what Ice Age animals did to survive during the Ice Age. Tourists can simply travel to the site to see facts about Ice Age animals, see videos about them, look at fossils, and finally see the actual tar pits. There are also tours of the whole museum building and the tar pits. Tourists can be taken on a tour to learn about the history of the tar pits and learn more about the animals and plants of the Ice Age times.


    All in all, there are many famous, fun attractions in the Los Angeles area. These sometimes cause the more interesting attractions where tourists, travelers, and kids can learn about science. The LA Brea Tar Pits are among this group of overlooked scientific tourist spots.