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History of Lincoln Heights
BRINGING BACK LINCOLN HEIGHTS IDENTITY ONE MEMORY AT A TIME!
"As early in the 1900s people from all over the world went to Lincoln Heights and visited these places that revolved around Lincoln Park like the Selig Zoo and Movie Studio, California Alligator Farm, Los Angeles Ostrich Farm, Legion Ascot Speedway, Lincoln Park Stadium, The Tango Roller Coaster, Roller Skating Rink, Merry Go Round, Boating and Fishing in Lincoln Park lake, Exhibitions, Indian Village, and other places that are long gone and forgotten."
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MERRY GO ROUND
MELVIN KOONTZ - LUNA PARK ZOO
With Jackie the famous wrestling lion.
LOS ANGELES OSTRICH FARM
On 3627 Mission Road
next door to the
CALIFORNIA ALLIGATOR FARM
Here is a picture of Hancock St. in 1900?Imagine hearing lions, tigers, elephants, and chimpanzees all hours of the night right from your home? Also where the early Tarzan movies were made around Lincoln Park lake and home of some the famous silent era movie stars.
Only trees and sidewalks then, no houses at all!
Selig Zoo and Movie Studio
(See Luna park below for life after the Selig Zoo)
Maybe some of these streetcars went up and down your block! What ever happened to some of those nice cars and trucks you see in the backgrounds? Early Lincoln Heights was accessible via streetcar only to promote its land for sale. How can potential real estate buyers get to the far Eastside of town and cross the LA river to Lincoln Heights. In those days the LA river was the city limit and the subdividers really had to promote East LA by providing transportation.
Streetcars of Lincoln Heights
On 3627 Mission Road, remember alligators showing up in your back yard or in Lincoln Park lake after a storm or flood? From 1907 to 1953, the farm lured the curious to Lincoln Heights until its move to Buena Park. "Here are to be seen hundreds of alligators of all sizes, from little babies, hardly the size of a lizard, up to huge monsters, 500 years old or more. We make a specialty of alligator bags ornamented with genuine alligator heads and claws".
California Alligator Farm
On 3609 Mission Road and was next door to the Alligator Farm. Built in 1906 and was a must see. The birds raised there were sold to zoos worldwide and their feathers became famous adornments of the vamp gowns in the early movie days. "Take a stroll through the farm where you may see over one hundred of these giant birds on exhibition" Ostrich eggs and feathers were sold, the ostrich races, ostrich rides, a very popular tourist attraction.
Los Angeles Ostrich Farm
There was a large race track near Valley Blvd. and Soto St. From 1924 to 1936 the track drew thousands of fans to see the races. Movie stars and famous racers went to this racetrack. Imagine the Indy 500 in this community happening every week with the smell of exhaust, fuel, and the loud roaring engines! No city would have that today. The most exciting and the most deadliest racetrack in Los Angeles' history. Even though the track bordered Lincoln Heights I'm including it here.
Legion Ascot Speedway
The Indian Village existed on the pre Selig Zoo grounds consisting of 15 acres at a cost of $50,000. Indian tribes and teepees were on these grounds. Indian goods and shows was the main attraction, 1909 to 1910s? Obviously a tourist attraction. Did anyone know about this?
Here is a list of street names that you drive or walk on everyday and have no clue where the names came from. Lets take a look at streets named after prominent Lincoln Heights residents or the early pioneers of Los Angeles.
Street names in Lincoln Heights
3800 Mission Road, in 1925 the Selig Zoo was sold and renamed Luna Park Zoo. It had the largest private collection of lions, tigers, leopards, etc., in the entire country. Some famous animals were Mary the chimpanzee, Jackie the famous wrestling lion with his trainer Melvin Koontz, lion trainer Louis Roth, and Olga Celeste famous for her leopard vaudeville acts. Admission 30 cents, Children 10 cents. Then in 1932 Luna Park Zoo was sold and renamed California Zoological Gardens.
Luna Park Zoo
Laurel and Hardy first appeared together in a movie short in Lincoln Heights, even before they became a famous team!
M.D. submitted these photos about her aunt at the Luna Park Zoo
Carroll J. Jones Sr. submits his childhood photos at the Luna Park Zoo
Articles and photos of Melvin Koontz the famous lion trainer submitted by his son Robert Koontz
Read about a 12 year boy killed by one of the animals and the flood that caused starvation and the animals were about to be killed and more!
Laurel and Hardy first filmed in Lincoln Heights
This page is for other items of interest of either the Lincoln Park or Lincoln Heights scenes. This page is loaded with all sorts of historic photos with detailed descriptions.
Bits 'n Pieces of Lincoln Heights or Lincoln Park
"VISIT PLACES IN TIME ON ROUTE 99". Have you seen these historical signs along Valley Blvd. or Main St.?.
Historical Route 99
There was a large race track adjacent to Lincoln Park named accordingly. On 3700-3800 Mission Rd. and Selig Place. This racetrack was located at the old Selig Zoo grounds. Also not to be confused with the Ascot racetrack. Motorcycle and Jalopy races from the 1940s to late 1950s took over this area? After racing ended the track was used for special events like dances and Charreadas (Rodeos). "Excuse the crude page layout, I am looking for good descriptions of the images from anyone".
Lincoln Park Stadium
A listing of designated Historical-Cultural monuments in Lincoln Heights. Some monument locations have no markers or plaques at all. Look over this list and next time take a second look at the actual locations. Also in this page is a list of Lincoln Heights' oldest schools. If you went to some of these schools I bet you never knew how old they really are!
Historic Cultural Monuments
East Los Angeles Church of the Brethren
At 3231 North Broadway. Photos and description submitted by Jeanie L. Woo of Virginia, USA
Old businesses in Lincoln Heights
A collection of images of old businesses that are long gone and forgotten. Some old and some new, remember any of these places?
This site is looking for old pictures and your memories to put on this site.
Your contribution to this site will be recognized.
Also email me if you have corrections or have additional facts of anything on this web site.
The History of Lincoln
My link with this community is through its wonderful rich history. I know of no other community in Los Angeles that can boast of such attractions that entertained and educated early Los Angeles. Also being the first suburb outside the original city limits.
My goal of this site is to
inform and educate the youth of Lincoln Heights (and adults too) so that
they may appreciate and be proud of their community.
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