A collection of professional and
personal papers of Theodore Parker Lukens, Southern California conservationist, real estate
investor, and community leader.
Theodore Parker Lukens (1848-1918) was a conservationist, real estate investor, and pioneer
community leader in Pasadena, California. Born in Ohio, he came to California with his wife
in 1880. He became active in business and municipal affairs, serving as mayor of Pasadena
from 1890 to 1892 and from 1894 to 1895. Lukens was a friend of John Muir and promoted many
conservation causes. He served as supervisor of the Angeles National Forest in the San
Gabriel Mountains from 1905 to 1907 and throughout his career held various positions in
private and government forestry organizations. Lukens remained prominent in civic affairs in
Pasadena until his death in 1918.
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