Papers of James Filmore Crank, 1880-1902.


Papers of James Filmore Crank, 1880-1902.

The collection consists of letters, manuscripts, documents, and 32 maps related to the business interests of James Filmore Crank and the development of Los Angeles County. Of particular note is the collection's focus on city and interurban railways, including the Los Angeles Cable Railway Co., Pacific Railway Co., Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad Co., and Los Angeles Development Co. There are also materials related to the wine industry (Sierra Madre Vintage Co. and Lamanda Park, California), the Fair Oaks Ranch in Pasadena, the Azusa Land and Water Co., and education in California private schools during the late nineteenth century.

450 pieces.11 boxes.3 volumes.

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