Griffith Park & Observatory

BACKSTORY: From The Griffith Observatory website: Exploring the Observatory's past starts with namesake Griffith J. Griffith, whose plan for a public observatory was as visionary as it was audacious. From Griffith's bequest in 1919 to the Observatory's dedication on May 14, 1935, the story shifts to the astronomers, architects, and public leaders who made his vision to reality. From there, the Observatory welcomed 70 million visitors and became the world's leader in public astronomy, a story told in the context of the building's four Directors.

Edited from Wikipedia: Griffith Park is a large municipal park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The park covers 4,310 acres of land, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. It is the second-largest city park in California, after Mission Trails Preserve in San Diego, and the tenth largest municipally owned park in the United States. It has also been referred to as the Central Park of Los Angeles but is much larger and more untamed and rugged than its New York City counterpart.

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Travel Town/LIVE STEAMERS @ GRIFFITH PARK

BACKSTORY: Located adjacent to the Travel Town Museum is a local club devoted to the preservation of locomotives through scale models founded in 1956. It was started by train enthusiasts for the purpose of educating people in railroad history and lore and also to further the avocation of live steam, gas-mechanical and electronic railroad technology. For more information, visit their website.

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