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Guide to the American Land and Trust Co. records, ca. 1887-1911.
2208-2211  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Contents
  • History
  • Material Transferred from the Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: American Land and Trust Co. Records,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1887-1911.
    Box Number: 2208-2211
    Creator: Wright, Charles Will
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Unrestricted.

    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], American Land and Trust Co. records, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Wright, Charles W., d. 1929--Archives.
    American Land and Trust Co.--Archives.
    Larkspur (Calif.)--History--Sources.
    Real estate development--California--Larkspur--History--Sources.

    Contents

    The bulk of the collection consists of financial documents, primarily payment receipts, for the period ca. 1887-1911 and scattered later dates. The receipts document most aspects of the corporation: payroll, legal fees, purchases of building materials, advertising costs, etc. In addition there are a few personal items pertaining to Wright and his family.

    History

    The American Land and Trust Company (ca. 1914-, the Anglo-American Land Co.) was the real estate company established by Charles W. Wright to promote land development in the founding days of the city of Larkspur in Marin County. In 1886/87, Wright purchased around 600 acres from rancher Patrick King for $21,000. He had the land surveyed and subdivided into lots for sale to the public. In 1891 he built the Larkspur Inn and, in 1895, the Hotel Larkspur, in order to further promote development. Larkspur became an incorporated town on March 17, 1908 and became a city in 1928. Wright died in 1929 and the family finally sold all interests in Larkspur in 1932.

    Material Transferred from the Collection

    Pamphlets:

    • Larkspur, San Francisco's Popular Suburb
    • Larkspur-Booster Day-Sept. 6, 1909
    • Larkspur-Sept. 5, 1910
    • Picturesque Mill Valley
    • Marin County as a Place of Permanent Residence
    • The Gem of California, Larkspur, the Home of the Redwood and the Laurel
    • Larkspur-Marin County, Calif.
    • Hiking in Marin (Map and Trail Routes)
    • Larkspur Inn-Marin County
    • Larkspur California in Marvelous Marin

    Other:

    • Letter concerning Sutro estate to Bio file: Sutro.