Crank, James Filmore, b. 1842.

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James F. Crank came to California from New York in 1874 and bought the Fair Oaks Ranch in Pasadena from Benjamin S. Eaton in 1877. Crank was active in Los Angeles, where he organized the First National Bank, became an owner of the Los Angeles Times, helped secure Westlake Park for the city, and gave land for the Raymond Hotel in Pasadena. He was instrumental in the founding of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad, which began operation in 1885 and was sold to the Santa Fe Railroad in 1887. He built the first cable street railway in the West in Los Angeles in 1889 and helped found the city of Monrovia, CA, in 1886.

From the description of Papers of James Filmore Crank, 1880-1902. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122383131

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creatorOf Crank, James Filmore, b. 1842. Papers of James Filmore Crank, 1880-1902. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
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associatedWith Azusa Land and Water Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Bicknell, John Dustin, 1838-1911. person
associatedWith Crank, Albert Filmore. person
associatedWith Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935. person
associatedWith Hoadley, Joseph H. person
associatedWith Huntington, Collis Potter, 1821-1900. person
associatedWith Jackson, Helen Hunt, 1830-1885. person
associatedWith Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad. corporateBody
associatedWith Los Angeles Cable Railway Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Los Angeles Development Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Pacific Railway Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Sierra Madre Vintage Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Smith, Edwin Burritt, 1854-1906. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Pasadena (Calif.)
California--Los Angeles
Lamanda Park (Calif.)
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Fair Oaks Ranch (Pasadena, Calif.)
California
California--San Gabriel Valley
California--Pasadena
California, Southern
California--Los Angeles Region
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Private schools
Wine industry--History--Sources
Businessmen--Archives
Railroads--History--Sources
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Birth 1842

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