Exploration: Daniel DiMaggio Field Trip Observations

Stairs in the background leading to the California Cycleway right-of-way.

Students from the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts (LFCSA) and the Living Museum Sycamore Grove are collaborating with Departures Youth Voices to document their exploration of the area and develop interactive tools that will become part of the Living Museum's community resources. Follow the students as they work with community residents and learn about the history of the neighborhood, urban planning, and placemaking.

Below are the student's observations from their field trip to the Sycamore Grove District in Highland Park. To read more about the trip click here.


I attend LFCSA and I am in 5th grade.

Our grade went to the California Cycleway and The Lummis House for our field trip.

The California Cycleway was a former freeway for bicycles. It is kind of hidden behind houses. Horace Dobbins was the man who created the Cycleway. It didn't last long. There's a public stairway that leads you to the Cycleway.

The Lummis House is now a museum but used to be a house. Charles F. Lummis created it and lived in it. It had many characteristics like rocks, bells and many more. It was built in 1897. Lummis was born in Massachusetts. He and four of his children were buried at the house. There is a basement in the kitchen and it looked dark and old. There was many wildlife at the Lummis house. It was absolutely beautiful.

Questions to investigate:

  • How old was Horace Dobbins?
  • Did he live with any siblings beside his parents?
  • Why does the Lummis House look like a stone cabin?

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