This collection contains letters, documents, and a few account books related to the business activities of American financier
H.D. Bacon (1817-1893).
Items chiefly date between 1850 and 1900 and subject matter includes banking methods in the 1850s; the failure of Page & Bacon
and Page, Bacon & Co.; the financing of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad; land
transactions in Missouri and Illinois; mines and mining properties in the western United States; the wine and citrus industries
in Southern California;
the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad; the purchase, boundaries, and subdivision of the Marengo Ranch (now the city
of South Pasadena, California); and the construction of the Raymond Hotel in Pasadena.
California financier Henry Douglas Bacon (1817-1893), the son of Joseph and Abigail Cleveland Bacon, was born in East Granville,
Massachusetts, in 1817. In 1835, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri,
where he engaged first in the dry goods, then in the iron, trade. He was married in 1844 to Julia Ann Page, daughter of Daniel
Dearborn Page, miller, merchant,
and owner of considerable property in and around St. Louis.
Approximately 4,000 items in 42 boxes and 11 volumes
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