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
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