Chester Stock, Ph.D. - Observation Pit

Chester Stock, Ph.D. - Observation Pit (HMYPO)

Location: Los Angeles, CA 90036 Los Angeles County
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N 34° 3.815', W 118° 21.408'

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Hancock Park

— Rancho La Brea —

Panel 1:
Chester Stock, Ph.D.
January 28, 1892 - December 7, 1950
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 teeth in 1939.
Year Placed1952
Placed ByLos Angeles County Museum Association
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 6:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 374791 N 3770036
Decimal Degrees34.06358333, -118.35680000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 3.815', W 118° 21.408'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 3' 48.90" N, 118° 21' 24.48" W
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Area Code(s)213, 310, 323, 510, 818
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90036, US
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