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Oakwood Park Stock Farms Collection
1984.4  
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Description
The collection includes daily business ledgers from 1889-91 from the Oakwood Park Stock Farm, and account ledgers from the Cook Farm related to the execution of the will of Seth Cook in 1891 (both farms were owned by the same extended family).
Background
The Oakwood Park Stock Farm, east of Danville at the foot of Mount Diablo, was one of the most prominent horse breeding farms in the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Earlier the land was owned by the Central Pacific Railroad and was known as the Railroad Ranch. Inherited by brothers Seth and Dan Cook, it became the Cook Farm in the 1870s. The property was then inherited by the Cooks’ niece Louise and her husband John Boyd. They transformed the property into the Oakwood Park Stock Farm to breed thoroughbreds. Boyd sold the property in 1906, and it was sold again in 1912 to developer Robert Burgess, who transformed the property into the Diablo Country Club. The Oakwood Park Stock Farm ledgers in this collection may relate to an item listed in Accession 94-48, a photocopy of a map of the Oakwood Park Stock Farm. The map photocopy is stored separately from these daily business ledgers. The Deed of Gift for Accession 94-48 does not list these daily business ledgers.
Extent
1 box
Restrictions
Contact the Contra Costa County Historical Society for publication permission.
Availability
Collection is open for research.