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Wrightwood Papers: Finding Aid
mssHM 73800-73829  
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This collection contains 30 items dealing with the development of Wrightwood, California, in the San Gabriel Mountains, from a cattle ranch and apple orchard into a vacation destination by Sumner B. Wright (1858-1944) and his business associates.
Sumner Banks Wright (1858-1944) began buying up land in the Swarthout Valley of the San Gabriel Mountains at the turn of the 20th century; by the 1920s he had turned his considerable holdings in the valley into the Circle Mountain Cattle Company, which was both cattle ranch and apple orchard. During the 1920s Wright faced financial problems that led him to try and develop the ranch more profitably as a vacation destination for the greater Los Angeles area. By the end of the decade Wright had sold or lost much of the land as a result of his financial problems; despite this, his vision of the Wright ranch becoming a tourist destination was ultimately fulfilled. The completion of the Angeles Crest highway in 1956 coincided with Los Angeles' postwar boom, and brought a new generation of vacation-seeking LA suburbanites to the new tourist-ranches, hiking trails, and ski slopes of Wrightwood.
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