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The Banning Family played a pivotal role in the development of southern California. Phineas Banning (1830-1885) immigrated to California from Philadelphia in 1852, and soon became a partner in a freight and stage-line business that ran between San Pedro and Los Angeles. He founded the settlement of Wilmington near San Pedro, which served as the hub of the Banning Company. Banning’s many business interests included shipping, warehousing, real estate, and transportation services to Los Angeles and inland areas. The Banning Company continued under the direction of Phineas’s sons, William, Joseph Brent (J.B.), and Hancock, until the company dissolved in 1920.

The Banning Company purchased the majority interest in Santa Catalina Island in 1892 with the intention of developing the site as a resort. In partnership with Dr. Charles Frederick Holder, the family turned Catalina into a renowned fishing destination. The Bannings controlled Catalina Island until 1919 when they sold their controlling interest for $3.5 million dollars to chewing gum magnate William Wrigley.

From the guide to the Banning Family Collection of Photographs, Part II, 1814-1979, (bulk 1880-1920), (The Huntington Library)

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creatorOf Banning Family Collection of Photographs, Part II, 1814-1979, (bulk 1880-1920) The Huntington Library
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associatedWith Ayers family family
associatedWith Banning, Hancock, 1865-1925 person
associatedWith Banning, Joseph Brent, 1861-1920 person
associatedWith Banning, Phineas, 1830-1885 person
associatedWith Banning, William, 1858-1946 person
associatedWith Banning, William L., 1814-1893 person
associatedWith Bertrand and Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Biscailuz, Eugene W., b. 1883- person
associatedWith Bradley and Rulofson. corporateBody
associatedWith Collier, Charles T. person
associatedWith Conaway, B. F. person
associatedWith Dewey, George N. person
associatedWith Friend, Hervey. person
associatedWith Godfrey, W. M. (William Mollock), 1825-1900 person
associatedWith Holder, Charles Frederick, 1851-1915 person
associatedWith Jarvis, Benjamin. person
associatedWith Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Mojonier, A. Louis. person
associatedWith Patton family family
associatedWith Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1856-1927 person
associatedWith Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945 person
associatedWith Payne, Stanton and Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Plaza Photo Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Rogers, Will, 1879-1935 person
associatedWith Schumacher, Frank G., b. 1861 person
associatedWith Stanton and Burdick. corporateBody
associatedWith Steckel and Lamson. corporateBody
associatedWith Sunbeam Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West), 1830-1912 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Wilmington (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Pomona (Calif.)
Santa Catalina Island (Calif.)
Lowe, Mount (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
Ventura County (Calif.)
Boats and boating--California--Santa Catalina Island--Photographs


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