I just found this article about the history of the park right next to our house, and the explanation of the Rudolph Valentino statues.
I guess Ricky Nelson also wrote Traveling Man on one of the park benches after a break up at Hollywood High. That song reminds me of my dad so much! How many times did I hear that growing up, I still know all of the words.
Its sad to see what has become of our neighborhood. There is so much history here. I guess it is getting better…
This is funny, there is a warning at the bottom of the article:
Warning: De Longpre Park is located in a rather shabby part of town, surrounded by a metal fence and locked up at night. Please take reasonable precautions when visiting.