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Lincoln Heights


Art Centers & Galleries

BFA Bilingual Foundation of the Arts
421 North Avenue 19
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Main Number: (323) 225-4044

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Eye Five Gallery
2100 N Main Street Ste A9
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 227-8816

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Gallery 2211
2211 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 276-9662

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L.A. Artcore Brewery Annex
650 S Avenue 21 Suite A
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 276-9320

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Churchs & Temples

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles
210 N. Avenue 21
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone: (323) 224-6280 Fax: (323) 225-4997

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is made up of a group of volunteers who are dedicated to helping the needy of all faiths in whatever ways are necessary and possible.

Community History

ALL HISTORIC pages of Lincoln Park and Lincoln Heights are also done on my own time and resources.

My link to 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. 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.

The FOUNDATION of Lincoln Heights is its rich history and this site will keep this foundation strong and NOT let it crumble.
Enjoy and Re-discover Lincoln Heights.....Javier A.

Bits 'n Pieces of Lincoln Heights or Lincoln Park.
This page is for other items of interest of either the Lincoln Park or Lincoln Heights scenes.

Clover Street.
"The Clover St. community was bounded by the railroad on the south, the L.A. River on the west, North Broadway north, and Daly St. east. It was a close-knit community and everyone knew everyone else."..... An outside link about some history of this neighborhood. j.a.

Through the Lincoln Heights area and of course to Lincoln Park.
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 east side of town and cross the LA river to Lincoln Heights. In those days the LA river was the city limit and the sub dividers really had to promote East LA by providing transportation.

Indian Village
An Indian village existed next to the Alligator & Ostrich farms and 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? Did anyone know about this?

Historic Cultural Monuments.
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.

Historical Route 99.
"VISIT PLACES IN TIME ON ROUTE 99". Have you seen these historical signs along Valley Blvd. or Main St.? Yes, US 66 was and is still popular being the East to West route, but the North to South route US 99 was the end of the line for US 66.

Laurel and Hardy first filmed in Lincoln Heights.
Laurel and Hardy first appeared together in a movie short in Lincoln Heights, even before they became a famous team!

Legion Ascot Speedway.
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 deadly track in Los Angeles history. Even though the track bordered Lincoln Heights I'm including it here because in order to find the track you had to find Lincoln Park first!

Lincoln Park Stadium.
Yes, 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 Speedway. Motorcycle and Jalopy races from the 1940s to late 1950s? After racing ended the track was used for special events like dances and Charreadas (Rodeos).

Lincoln Park Merry Go Round .

Los Angeles Ostrich 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 Railway

Luna Park Zoo.
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, and famous trainers Louis Roth the lion trainer 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.

Selig Zoo and Movie Studio
Remember hearing lions, tigers, elephants, and chimpanzees all hours of the night right from your home? Also the first movie studio in Los Angeles and where the early Tarzan movies were made around Lincoln Park lake and home of some the famous silent era movie stars. (See #8 below for life after the Selig Zoo)

Street names in Lincoln Heights.
Here is a list of street names that you drive or walk on everyday and have no clue where the names came from. Besides the common names like Broadway, Main, Ave.'s, etc. lets take a look at streets named after prominent Lincoln Heights residents or people that made Lincoln Heights.

The California Alligator Farm 1907-1953
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".

The Original Lincoln High School.
Some of the original school buildings were damaged in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and had to demolished.
The current school is to the left of this picture.

History of Lincoln Park

East Los Angeles Park
Eastside Park & Eastlake Park

Note:Credit to USC for the following information on the history of Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico.

Lincoln Park has long been the recreational center of East Los Angeles.
From humble beginnings, City Council created the Department of Parks in 1889. At that time the city owned several pieces of land that were believed suitable for park purposes. They turned over these properties to the newly organized Department of Parks. In a generous mood during Christmas of 1896, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith offered to donate five square miles of the Los Feliz Rancho to the City as a park. He said, "it must be made a place of recreation and rest for the masses, a resort for the rank and file, for the plain people..." What followed was the development of several more parks including the original pueblo lands of the old plaza, Elysian Park, Pershing Square, and later Lincoln Park, MacArthur Park, Echo Lake Park, and Hollenbeck Park.

While these parks were available in the early years of the 20th century, there were no planned and supervised recreation activities in the parks. Children were forced to find their play on public streets and vacant lots that were hardly suited for organized games. These conditions triggered a civic movement to officially establish a Playground Commission and Department. Their plan was "for the prevention and control of juvenile delinquency and to provide wholesome and constructive play and recreation for youth, in supervised playgrounds, as an alternative to play in the city streets."

Today, the City's Department of Recreation and Parks manages all municipally owned and operated recreation and parks facilities within the City and has been the human face of the City of Los Angeles. Rooted in the goals of our predecessors, we continue to bring people together to celebrate, to compete, to learn new skills, and to relax with family and friends. (History of Recreation and Parks

The Founder of  Lincoln Park is Levi Newton Breed a member of the City Council 1886-1889.
A single plaque on the Breed memorial reads;

In 1863 Dr. J.S. Griffin

, the Los Angeles city health officer (and county coroner 1862-1865) during a smallpox outbreak, is offered city land at greatly reduced prices instead of money for his services. He was to be paid $3,000 and since the city was unable to pay him he was offered 2,000 acres of land for fifty cents an acre. This land would later become known as East Los Angeles and even later as Lincoln Heights.

Part of this land was purchased by the city in 1874 and was subsequently transferred to the Southern Pacific Railroad Company in return for establishment of railroad shops in East Los Angeles. When the Southern Pacific failed to build the promised shops the city purchased this tract of land and dedicated it for park purposes in 1881. The city then laid out a park, initially called East Los Angeles Park and then Eastlake Park in 1901, which quickly became a major amusement center for the people of Los Angeles. One of its main attractions was the area's first zoological display. In 1917, the City Council responded to a petition from nearby residents and renamed it Lincoln Park after a local high school and as a driving force for this community.

Bordering the north edge of the Park, Selig Place was named after William Selig, who in 1911 opened a zoo and constructed in the park one of the city's first movie studios. A carousel opened in 1914, attracting up to 150,000 riders a year at a nickel a ride. However, the carousel was gutted by fire several months after it was designated Historic Cultural Monument No. 153 by the City of Los Angeles.

Sculptures in Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico

The text below is from a print publication entitled Lincoln Park (El Parque de Mexico); Statues and Sculptures, published by Urban Art Inc. The original publication was made possible through grants from the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles and Save Outdoor Sculpture!

Florence Nightingale

David P. Edstrom, 1937. Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico, Los Angeles. Cast Stone.
Text from the plaque on the sculpture: "Of the vast throng passing from the mystery of birth to the mystery of death, certain ones so live that their deeds become impressed upon the memory of the Race. AMONG THOSE WE NAME FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE whose life has been, is today and will ever continue to be, a mighty influence against Man's cruelty to Man. To her memory this statue symbolizing the protection of the flame of life is dedicated and to all those following in her footsteps in the care of the sick." Florence Nightingale by David Edstrom, 1936-37. Erected by the Federal Art Project and sponsored by the Hospital Council of Southern California.

Lincoln the Lawyer

Julia Bracken Wendt, 1925.
Bronze. Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico

From the plaque accompanying the sculpture: This nation under god shall have a new birth of freedom that the government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.

El Cura Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

Efren de los Rios, 1938. Bronze. Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico
Text from the plaque: El Cura don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. Padre de la Independencia Mexicana. Nacio el 6 de Mayo, 1753 en Corralejo Municipio de Pantamo, Guanajuato. Murio el 30 de Julio, 1811 en Chihuahua, Chihuahua. La Colonia Mexicana de Los Angeles, California, erigio este monumento a la memoria de quien sacrifico su bienestar y su vida al iniciar en el Pueblo de Dolores, el dia 16 de Septeiembre de 1810 la lucha por la independencia de nuestra patria. El Comite Mexicano Civico Patriotico, Los Angeles, California. 16 de Septiembre, 1982.

Benito Juarez

Anonymous, 1976. Bronze with Resinous Fills.
From the plaque on the sculpture:

"Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz."

"Among individuals as among nations, the respect for the rights of others is peace." Benito Juarez, 1857.

Presented May 5, 1978, in tribute to a great statesman of the United States of Mexico, whose contributions to the cause of freedom continue to inspire new efforts in behalf of human rights. (Also in Spanish).

Lic. Jose Lopez Portillo, Presidente constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Accepted on behalf of the city of Los Angeles by Arthur K. Snyder, Councilman, 4th district.

Jesus Gonzalez Ortega

Ayda, 1987. Bronze. Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico
From the plaque accompanying the sculpture: J. Jesus Gonzalez Ortega del gobierno del Estado de Zacatecas a la comunidad zacatecana de Los Angeles, Cal. Nov. 1987.

Ignacio Zaragoza

Francisco Zuniga, 1981. Bronze. Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico
From the plaques accompanying the sculpture: General Ignacio Zaragoza. Defensor de la Republica Mexicana, victorioso contra la invasion extranjera, el 5 de Mayo de 1862 en Puebla. Felix Galvan Lopez, secretario de la defensa nacional de Mexico. 5 de Mayo de 1981.

Venustiano Carranza

Victor Gutierrez, 1980. Bronze.

Lazaro Cardenas del Rio

Ernesto E. Tamariz, 1970. Installed 1989. Bronze. Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico
From the plaques accompanying the sculpture: Al ilustre y patriota Mexicano Gral. Lazaro Cardenas del Rio. Nacio en Jiquilpan, Michoacan el 21 de Mayo de 1895. Fue Presidente de Mexico de 1934 a 1940. Implemento la reforma agraria decreto la expropiacion petrolera el 18 de Marzo de 1938. Murio en la Ciudad de Mexico D. F. el 19 de Octubre de 1970. Los Angeles, CA. Noviembre de 1989. COMACC.

Lazaro Cardenas del Rio, 1895-1970. La Gran Comunidad Mexicana honra su memoria y su aportacion patriotica: Reparticion de tierras al campesinado; Impulso a la educacion y al sindicalismo; La nacionalizacion del petrolio. P. R. D. 5269 E. Alhambra Av. El Sereno, CA, Nov. de 1989.

Ramon Lopez Velarde

Francisco Zuniga, 1988. Bronze. Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico
From the plaque on the sculpture: Suave Patria, Ramon Lopez Velarde, 1888-1921. Del Gobierno del Estado de Zacatecas a la comunidad Zacatecana de California. Noviembre 1988.

Pancho Villa

Anonymous, 1980. Bronze. Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico

Emiliano Zapata

Ignacio Asunsolo, 1980. Bronze on concrete base with fountain. Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico.
Text from accompanying plaque: "Born in Anenecuilco and murdered in Chinameca, Morelos. General commander of the Ejercito Libertador del Centro y del Sur, throughout the 1920 Mexican Revolution. He [?] the farmers movement for taking the land on, by proclaiming the Plan de Ayala; fundamental principle to the land improvement in Mexico.. Gift from Mexico City to the City of Los Angeles, 1980."

Agustin Lara

Humberto Peraza, 1984. Bronze. Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico.
Text from the inscriptions: Agustin Lara 1900-1970. Un Mexicano que le canto al mundo entero, Granada, Solamente una vez, Mujer, Noche de de Ronda, Madrid, Etc. A Mexican who sang to the Entire World, Granada, You belong to my heart, My first love, Be mine tonight, Madrid, Etc.

Donated by Alejsandro Algara, Cases Pedro Domeco, Domingos Alegres, Amalia Gomez Zepeda, Antonio "Chaco" Ibanez, Mexicana de Aviacion, Humberto Peraza, Publicidad Ferrer, Revista Impacto, Francisco Javier Sauza, Televisa Mexico. XI 6 1984.

Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon

Julian Martinez, 1980. Bronze. Lincoln Park/Parque de Mexico
Text from the plaque on the sculpture (text is in English and in Spanish. The English is reproduced below): Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, 1765-1815. Siervo de la Nacion. A fighter for the independence of Mexico, who gave the people military victories and their first constitution. His deeds live today in the continued inspired efforts in behalf of the highest ideals of his country. This monument to Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon, hero of Mexican independence, was donated to the City of Los Angeles by Lic. Jose Lopez Portillo President of the United States of Mexico. June 13, 1981

Emperor Cuauhtemoc

Anonymous, 1981. Bronze.
From the plaque on the sculpture:

Cuauhtemoc, 1495-1525.

Last of the Aztec emperors, Cuauhtemoc led a valiant defense of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City) against the invasion of the Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortes in 1521.

Although defeated and captured, CuauhtemocÕs pride and dignity remained strong. Even when tortured by fire, he refused to reveal the location of the Aztec treasure.

Cuauhtemoc was hanged on Feb 26, 1525, accused by Cortes of conspiring against him.

A bicentennal presentation to the city of Los Angeles by Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc (Monterrey, Mexico) and Wisdom Import Sales Company, Inc (Irvine, CA). October 13, 1981.

(This text also appears in Spanish.)

Dona Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez

Velarco, 1994. Installed 1996. Bronze. Lincoln Park/Parque de Mexico
From the plaque on the sculpture: Dona Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, Corregidora de Queretaro (Heroine of the Independence of Mexico), 1768-1829. Was born on September 5th, 1768 in Valladolid City (now Morelia Michoacan) and died on March 2nd, 1829, in Mexico City. Comite Mexicano Civico Patriotico, 11-20-95.

Guadalupe Victoria

Unknown, 1997. Bronze. Lincoln Park/El Parque de Mexico
From the plaque on the sculpture: Guadalupe Victoria, First President of Mexico (Hero of the Independence of Mexico). Was born on September 29, 1786, in Tamarula, Durango and died on March 21, 1843, in Perote, Veracruz. Comite Mexicano Civico Patriotico, 12-4-96. Donated by the Government of Durango, Mexico to the Comite Mexicano Civico Patriotico.

Bell of Dolores

Text from the plaque: An exact replica of bell rung by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in the parish of Dolores, Guanajuato, Mexico, 5 a.m., September 16, 1830, in sounding the cry for the independence of Mexico.
Presented May 5, 1978, to the people of Los Angeles as a symbol of the common ideals of freedom of our two republics and a reminder that each generation must answer the cry to defend and expand our liberties.

by Lic. Guillermo Lopez Portillo, Director General, National Institute of Sport, Mexico; Arthur K. Snyder, Councilman, Fourteenth District.

Councilmember, 1st District

Ed P. Reyes
163 S. Ave 24, Room 202
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone: (213) 485-0763  Fax:(213) 485-8908

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Family Resources


La Biblioteca del Pueblo de Lincoln Heights Branch Library
2530 Workman Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 226-1692

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Ivan Corpeņo-Chavez, Senior Librarian
Access & Parking Information:
Parking Lot
Literacy Center Special resources and a Reading Coordinator assist adult students improve reading and writing skills through the Library Adult Literacy Project (LARP), the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Program and the Families For Literacy (FFL) Program. Teens & Children

Electronic Resources - All branch libraries provide free access to computer workstations which are connected to the Library's information network. In addition to providing Internet access, these workstations enable the public to search LAPL's many electronic resources including the online catalog, over 100 subscription databases, word processing, language learning, literacy and a large historic document and photograph collection. Specially designed Web sites are provided for children, teens and Spanish speakers.

Meeting Room Rental Available
Service Hours:
Mondays 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesdays 12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesdays 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursdays 12:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Fridays 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Local Parks

Downey Rec Center
1772 N. Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(213) 225-7100

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Auditorium capacity: 500, Indoor Gym, One Ball Diamond-Lighted, Child Play Area, Football Court.

Lincoln Park Recreation Center and Senior Citizen Center
3501 Valley Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90031
(213) 847-1726

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We are always looking for volunteers!
The Lincoln Park Staff is looking for people of all ages to donate some time to help out at the park with our programs.
If you love working with children and you care about your community, give us a call.
We are in need of coaches, summer camp counselors, preschool aides, and more.
Volunteering is fun and an excellent way to be involved with your community!


When schools in session.
Children are picked up in a City Van and driven to Lincoln Park for supervised recreation activities, snacks, and homework hour.





Includes use of tennis racquets and balls.


Dedicated on July 15th, 2002


Here now! ..... TEEN PROGRAM!

We are looking for teens ages 11 to 16 years old.
Are you interested in other activities that are not mentioned here yet?
Like Hiking, Field Trips, Street Hockey, Computer Lab, TV, Play Station II, Ping-Pong, Pool, and More.
Also be a part of the Teen Council where YOU decide the activities.
Annual membership fee


Step Aerobics (all ages)
Boxing Fitness (18 & up)
Weight Training (18 & up)
Step Aerobics (all ages)
Boxing Fitness (18 + up)
Step Aerobics (all ages)
Weight Training (18 + up)


El Alisal, Lummis Home
200 E. Ave 43
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 222-0546

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Memorable river-rock house built by the legendary Charles Lummis, early promoter of L.A. Set in a drought-tolerant garden, and home of the So. Cal. Historical Society.

Neighborhood Council

Neighborhood Council
C/O Department of Neighborhood Empowerment

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Police Department

Los Angeles Police Department - Hollenbeck Station
2111 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Director of Governmental and Community Affairs
President, Board of Education José Huizar
Los Angeles Unified School District
333 S. Beaudry Ave., 24th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tel. 213-241-4548
Fax 213-241-8459

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Albion Street Elementary School
322 S. Avenue 18
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone: (323) 221-3108
Level: K-5

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Glen Alta Elementary School
3410 Sierra Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone: (323) 223-1195
Level: K-5

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Griffin Avenue Elementary School
2025 Griffin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone: (323) 222-8131
Level: K-5

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Hillside Elementary School
120 E. Ave. 35
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone: (323) 222-2665
Level: K-5

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Senior Resources

Lincoln Heights Senior Citizen Center
2323 Workman Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone: (323) 225-9339
(323) 224-8848
(323) 222-0256

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The Lincoln Heights Senior Citizen Center is a Los Angeles City Department of Recreation & Parks facility offering a wide variety of youth and adult recreational programs

The Lincoln Park Senior Citizen Center
3501 Valley Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Phone: (323) 237-1727

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Technology & Education Center

U.S. Post Office

Lincoln Heights Station
2425 Alhambra Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 225-9892

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Youth Centers & Clubs

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