Colonel Griffith’s Observatory

On December 16th, 1896, Griffith J. Griffith donated 3,015 acres of the Los Feliz Rancho to the city of Los Angeles, creating the largest urban woodland park in the country.

Today, Griffith Park and the Griffith Observatory are popular destinations for the people of Los Angeles, but the story of their donor is largely unknown to the millions of visitors who make use of his gifts.

In the latest installment of our ongoing video series about the History of Echo Park and Los Angeles, we venture afield to tell the story of “Colonel Griffith’s Observatory.”

Featuring Mike Eberts, author of “Griffith Park: A Centennial History”