Los Angeles, CA: Griffith Park Entrance, Griffith Griffith Statue, 2010

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bikeracer on February 28, 2013

This statue stands at the SE corner entrance of Griffith Park on Los Feliz Blvd. Colonel Griffith Jenkins Griffith was a colorful character who made his fortune in the mining claim industry. He moved to California and made a fortune selling worthless land to speculators with a dream of finding gold and minerals. His family donated the land to the city of LA, who declined it years earlier, due to Griffith's poor reputation. Griffith also murdered his wife and got out of jail early which riled the public. Finally, the city succumed to their desire to obtain the land and relented to the family's request that the park be named in his honor. Maybe you wondered why little is mentioned about the history of the man. This is why.

bikeracer on February 28, 2013

I forgot to mention, that Colonel Griffith was not actually a colonel.

Chris English on March 8, 2013

Bikeracer, lots more detail than I ever knew. Thanks. And yes, it explains why there's so little detail.

chris

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    by Chris English
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