Hmmm, would have to check into that.
What I was looking at was actually the little known Lincoln Park, once known as the crown jewel of Los Angeles area parks. Built in 1901 from land donated by John Strother Griffin.
Griffin was a surgeon who worked with General Kearney. He was awarded the land for his work curing the smallpox epidemic of the day. He called the land Enchanted Hill.
The original name for the park was East Los Angeles Park, then Eastlake Park. More on it here.
It once had a zoo, a sulphur bath, an ostrich and alligator farm and was located on an old stagecoach road to the San Gabriel Mission.
Forgive me but the Pancho Villa statue was actually of Emiliano Zapata, the bronze created in 1980 by artist Ignacio Asunsolo and it is located in the El Parque de Mexico. The park has or had work by some very important artists, including Francisco Zuniga and Julia Bracken Wendt.
Not far from Boyle Heights and Brooklyn Heights, both once home to large Irish and Jewish immigrant populations.
I am intrigued with this place. I am planning on coming back soon with my camera and I'm going to take my time and get to know it a bit. Very cool area.