Name That Sage

What kind of sage could this be?

Greetings everyone, and welcome to out first round of NAME….THAT……SAGE! Today’s mystery guest is native to Southern California and not surprisingly is in the sage family. The Tongva people (the Native Americans who lived in this area prior to the arrival of the Spanish) would make a poultice out of the leaves which were used for earaches and applied to the throat for sore throats. It has a sweeter, cleaner smell, less body odor like compared to other sages. During times of drought, the leaves will take on a darker tint, almost black.
What nice leaves.

The mystery guest is……….Black Sage! That’s right this fine specimen can be found at the north end of Los Angeles State Historic Park. So next time you are walking the track, keep your eyes peeled for this fine sage plant.

Our Next Summer Sunset Campfire

Come one, come all to our July 10th campfire

One week from today, we will be having our July Sunset Campfire and its shaping up to be tons of fun for the whole family. Now it may seem like it is coming a week earlier than normal and it seems that way because it is in fact coming a week earlier. We normally have it the third Saturday of the summer months, but the third Saturday of this month we are having a big a concert in the park, so we made the campfire a week earlier. We have some awesome archeology going on in the park right now, so we will be talking about that, singing songs, and of course, roasting marshmallows. So come out on July 10th, at 6:30pm, and meet in the center of the park. This event is free and open to the public and bring a picnic dinner along if you like. Contact Thomas at (three two three) 441-8819 with any questions. Hope to see you there.

Dogs Of The Week

Pancake (on the left) and Duke (on the right)
We return this week with not one, but two dogs of the week. Meet Pancake (the two year old Kishu Inu on the left) and Duke (the two year old Maltese mix on the right). They were former pound mates at the North Central Division of LA Animal Services and love taking walks at Los Angeles State Historic Park. They are quite lucky to have found their currents owners and like all other winners of the coveted title of “Dog Of The Week,” they always wear their leashes.

Downey Pool Almost Open

Kiddie pool in the fore ground and adult pool behind.

Just across the Los Angeles River from our park, you can find the Downey Rec Center as well as the Downey Pool. The pool that was once in the present pool’s place was shut down in 2006 amid structural problems and sat ignored and derelict. Last June, Councilmen Reyes along with other local dignitaries, broke ground and proclaimed that the pool would open June 20th 2010. Well it looks like that promise has been kept. From what we can see, workers are busy putting the final touches on the new aquatic arena. So once it opens, you can work up a sweat at Los Angeles State Historic Park, hop across the LA river and take a cooling dip at the new Downey pool. We will be sure to keep you updated as to when pool officially opens. Enjoy!
The pool as seen from the North Spring Street Bridge

Dog Of The Week

Toby the Dog
Meet Toby, a three year old Beagle-Chihuahua mix. He was rescued about a year ago or so and he is excited that his new owners take him for walks at Los Angeles State Historic Park. He loves walks but is not the biggest fan of park employees taking his photograph. If you see him, make sure to tell him Hi and complement him on his leash.

New Weather Station Widget!

If you look to your right, you can see our new weather station widget! The weather station is mounted on top of our office building here at the north end of Los Angeles State Historic Park, and it updates every minute. Now you no longer have to wonder exactly how fast the wind is blowing here at LASHP.

Arch Dig 2010!

The back hoe begins to move dirt.

With the rise in temperatures, summer is upon us, and summer here at Los Angeles State Historic Park means archaeological digs! Some of you may remember last November’s dig and last June’s dig, both of which explored the remnants of car shops left by the Southern Pacific Railroad. For this dig they are working about 150 feet south of where they dug before, this time they hope learn more about the foundation of the roundhouse (a building in which trains can be moved with ease from garage back to train tracks). As the dig continues, we will post more photos of their exciting discoveries.
Mike Sampson measures the height of the roundhouse foundation.


An exposed clay pipe!

Dog Of The Week

Gumbo the dog.

We return to Dog Of The Week with a dog that is nothing short of great. Meet Gumbo the dog; he is a 7 year old akita-pitbull-great dane mix. Now most people who meet Gumbo for the first time are somewhat weary of approaching him, but if you take the chance, you will be greatly rewarded. He is a giant dog with an even bigger heart, who gladly accepts pets from anyone brave enough to approach. I mean how could you fear a dog with such a big smile.
Look at the smile.

Introducing Our Weather Station


We are very excited to announce that we just installed our brand new weather station here at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Now we can begin to understand the various microclimates and weather patterns of the park and surrounding areas. We are currently installing software that will automatically update a ticker on the blog with the current weather, but in the mean time, we will be tweeting the current weather of the park. As I typed this, we are receiving 13 mph winds coming from the south, exciting stuff! Keep checking our tweeter for weather updates and we will let you know as soon as we get the software installed.

May 22nd Sunset Campfire!


Come join park staff for our second Summer Sunset Campfire! We will be learning about animals, roasting marshmallows, and just having a good time. Bring the whole family and picnic dinner and enjoy the sunset as it sets behind the downtown skyline. The campfire is happening on May 22nd at 6:30pm here at LA State Historic Park. If you have any questions, call Thomas at (323) 441-8819. Hope to see you there!

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