Henry Hancock

Henry Hancock, the first Anglo owner of Rancho La Brea, which included present-day West Hollywood.

Henry Hancock, a New Hampshire-born, Harvard-trained lawyer and surveyor, arrived in Los Angeles in 1852, two years after California was admitted into the union. In 1860, Hancock acquired Rancho La Brea, a 650-acre tract whose footprint included the future city of West Hollywood and city of Los Angeles districts of Hollywood, Hancock Park, Museum Row and the world-famous La Brea Tar Pits.