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Chester Stock, Ph.D. - Observation Pit

Hancock Park

 

—Rancho La Brea —

 
Chester Stock, Ph.D. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 9, 2011
1. Chester Stock, Ph.D. Marker
Inscription.
Panel 1:
Chester Stock, Ph.D.
January 28, 1892 - December 7, 1950
Paleontalogist
Chief curator of science - Los Angeles County Museum
Chairman of the Division of Geological Sciences
California Institute of Technology
who, encouraged by the foresight and generosity of
G. Allan Hancock, inspired his many co-workers
in developing and preserving the
treasures of Rancho La Brea
Presented by the Los Angeles County Museum Association.


Panel 2:
Observation Pit
The observation pit at the west end of Hancock Park is a partially excavated deposit of fossils and bubbling asphalt enclosed in a circular building that first opened in 1952. Depth of excavation 12 feet.
Located on the site of Pit 101, the display in the Observation Pit demonstrates what the fossil localities looked like while being excavated. This building was dedicated in 1951 to the memory of Dr. Chester Stock, the Caltech professor and County Museum curator, who personally described many of the different kinds of fossil mammals recovered from the tar pits.

Photo captions:
(1) Chester Stock measuring a fossil while a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1925.
(2) Dire Wolf.
(3) Chester Stock examining dire wolf skull and
Chester Stock, Ph.D. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 9, 2011
2. Chester Stock, Ph.D. Marker
teeth in 1939.
 
Erected 1952 by Los Angeles County Museum Association.
 
Location. 34° 3.815′ N, 118° 21.408′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Wilshire Boulevard west of South Curson Street. Touch for map. The marker panels are at the entrance to the Observation Pit which is adjacent to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Rancho LaBrea Tar Pits near the center of Hancock Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90036, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hancock Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carthay Circle (approx. half a mile away); Jedediah Strong Smith (approx. half a mile away); Daniel O. McCarthy (approx. 0.6 miles away); Juan Bautista De Anza (approx. 0.7 miles away); "Snowshoe" Thompson (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (approx. 2.7 miles away); The Hollywood Reporter (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chester Stock biography. (Submitted on January 8, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. George C. Page Museum.
Chester Stock, Ph.D. - Observation Pit Markers image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 9, 2011
3. Chester Stock, Ph.D. - Observation Pit Markers
(Submitted on January 10, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Natural FeaturesNotable PersonsPaleontology
 
Hancock Park (Rancho La Brea): open asphalt or "tar" pit, bubbling near the Observation Pit image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 9, 2011
4. Hancock Park (Rancho La Brea): open asphalt or "tar" pit, bubbling near the Observation Pit
Tourists pose with life-sized models of giant sloths in the "Pleistocene Garden" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 9, 2011
5. Tourists pose with life-sized models of giant sloths in the "Pleistocene Garden"
near the Rancho LaBrea Observation Pit.
The George C. Page Museum: "Home of LaBrea Discoveries" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 9, 2011
6. The George C. Page Museum: "Home of LaBrea Discoveries"
in Hancock Park, east of the Observation Pit.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 729 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 8, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4, 5, 6. submitted on January 9, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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