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Sylmar in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Griffith Ranch

 
 
The Griffith Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 6, 2011
1. The Griffith Ranch Marker
Inscription.  
Originally part of the San Fernando Mission lands, this ranch was purchased by David Wark Griffith, revered pioneer of silent motion pictures, in 1912. It provided the locale for many western thrillers, including "Custer's Last Stand", and was the inspiration for the immortal production, "Birth of a Nation." It was acquired by Fritz B. Burns in 1948, who has perpetuated the Griffith name in memory of the great film pioneer.
 
Erected 1959 by California State Park Commission; Mr. Fritz B. Burns; the History and Landmarks Association of the San Fernando and Antelope Valley Parlors, Native Sons and Native Daughters of the Golden West; and the San Fernando Mission Parlor No. 280, Native Daughters of the Golden West. (Marker Number 716.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
 
Location.
The Griffith Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 22, 2018
2. The Griffith Ranch Marker
34° 17.401′ N, 118° 24.677′ W. Marker is in Sylmar, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Vaughn Street, on the right when traveling west on Foothill Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sylmar CA 91342, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. César Chávez Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away); Loop Fire (approx. 1.9 miles away); Rogerio Rocha (approx. 1.9 miles away); Casa de Lopez (approx. 1.9 miles away); Father Junipero Serra / Fray Junipero Serra (approx. 1.9 miles away); Mission Wells (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 2½ miles away); Mission Dam (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylmar.
 
The Griffith Ranch Marker - next to the traffic signal, lower left image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 6, 2011
3. The Griffith Ranch Marker - next to the traffic signal, lower left
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 18, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,041 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on September 3, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on December 18, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2. submitted on September 3, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   3. submitted on December 18, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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