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Records of the Tejon Ranch Company
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The records of Tejon Ranch includes subject files, internal correspondence files, financial statements, tax files, lease files and photographs. The bulk of the records are from 1933 and later, although a few items date from the 1912 purchase of the ranch by Los Angeles investors. The subjects documented in the records include the governance of the ranch, including the records of the board of manager and board of directors, 1936 incorporation, and the issuance of bonds. The records also document daily operations of the ranch. Prominent subjects includes stock raising, farming, rights-of-way, historic Fort Tejon, hunting and flower viewing permits.
Edward S. Beale, formed Tejon Ranch through the purchase of portions of four Mexican Land Grants – Rancho La Liebre, Rancho el Tejón, Rancho los Alamos y Agua Caliente, Rancho de Castac – the last being purchased in 1866. Encompassing more than 264,000 acres, Beale employed the land to raise sheep until 1880. At one point, more than 125,000 sheep roamed the hills and valleys of Tejon Ranch.
51 document boxes; 21 linear feet, 4 inches; 1 oversize folder; 169 photographs
Collection is open for research