Griffith Park is one of the biggest city parks in the world - more than
4,200 acres - and probably the only one that regularly has wildfires.
When it's not being evacuated and swarmed by helicopters dumping water
on blazes, the park is a great place to hike to the Hollywood sign,
catch a concert in the Greek Theatre, or see the real stars at the
Griffith Observatory, where the tragic end of the 1955 movie "Rebel
Without a Cause" was filmed. In the 1880s the land was the site of an
ostrich farm created by Col. Griffith J. Griffith to provide feathers
for the hat industry and draw attention to his nearby land development.
Filmmaker D.W. Griffith, no relation to the colonel, filmed the racist
classic "Birth of a Nation" in the park in 1915. The ruins of the
original Los Angeles Zoo, abandoned in 1965, were the set for the
scenes in the more recent classic, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron
Burgundy." Enjoy the park, but if you see smoke, and it doesn't smell
like hot dogs, get back to Hollywood.