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Journals of Sphinx Ranch
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The first section of the collection consists of 43 volumes. The other items in this collection are: miscellaneous account/financial books, a volume containing the By-Laws, meeting minutes, etc., of the William Allen Estate Company, two family diaries from the 16th and 17th centuries, document with family genealogy information, one identure on vellum reatled to land in England, "Bancroft's Map of California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona" (1873), and three pieces of ephemera related to wine production in California (1894).
William Allen, a native of England, purchased a 502-acre ranch in Altadena, California, in 1878 and brought his family to Southern California the following year. Named the Sphinx Ranch because Allen spent twenty-three years in Egypt as a broker before coming to Southern California, the ranch had a vineyard and small commercial winery at the time Allen purchased it. Allen had additional acres of grapes and citrus trees (mostly oranges) planted on the property. After Allen's death in 1886, his wife and children, including his son Walter I. Allen, continued to operate the ranch. In 1911 a part of the ranch was subdivided, and additional subdivisions followed in subsequent years.
72 items, including 46 volumes
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