In Depth 52 in 52: Tarzana

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We visit the Tarzana Community and Cultural center to find out about the origin of Tarzana. Founder Helen Baker gives us a tour of the memorabilia featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author of the “Tarzan” books for whom the community was named. Burroughs bought a ranch in the area from L.A. Times owner Harrison Gray Otis, and became a “gentleman farmer” in the area after the sale of his first Tarzan book.

He went on to write many more featuring the jungle hero, as well as the John Carter books about Mars and other science fiction novels.

Baker gives us a tour of the gardens, including the secret garden at the Cultural center where many events are held for the community.


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