Take Two for October 29, 2013

Celebrating 100 years of excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits

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Visitors taking advantage of the free admission for the 100-year anniversary of the La Brea Tar Pits look at fossil remains inside Pit 91.

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Busker Charlie Cox has been performing outside the La Brea Tar Pits since he arrived in Los Angeles in the 1970s.

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On Monday the 100-year anniversary of the La Brea Tar Pits was celebrated with free admission to the Page Museun.

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A visitor on the 100th anniversary of the La Brea Tar Pits takes a picture of Pit 91.

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Visitors on the 100th anniversary of the La Brea Tar Pits watch tar bubbles grow and slowly pop.

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Excavation tools in Pit 91 at the La Brea Tar Pits.


100 years ago this week, the County of Los Angeles began digging up, researching and putting on display the fossils found inside the black, bubbly lake we now know as the La Brea Tar Pits. 

It's one of Los Angeles' most unique landmarks, with the oozing puddles of asphalt you'll find dotting Hancock Park to the Page Museum and its fish bowl, where you can watch researchers discover and clean up fossils in real time.

KPCC's Kevin Ferguson went to the tar pits' celebration yesterday and met up with one of the tar pits' most beloved performers. 


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