This collection contains business records and correspondence of Miller
& Lux, the largest producer of cattle in California and one of the largest landowners in the American West, with materials
dating from the company's founding in 1858 to the 1930s. The materials were collected by
Kern County Museum director Frank F. Latta (1892-1983).
Henry Miller (1827-1916) and Charles Lux (1823-1887), both German immigrants,
partnered in 1858 and created the Miller & Lux Company, headquartered in Los Banos in the San
Joaquin Valley. The company was one of the creators of agribusiness in California.
Miller & Lux became the largest
producer of cattle in California and one of the largest landowners in the United
States, owning land in California, Nevada, and Oregon. The company also operated meatpacking plants in San Francisco. Following
death in 1916, the company declined; by the 1930s most of its property had been sold. Miller & Lux formally dissolved in 1964.
Approximately 280 boxes + 150 volumes, and maps.
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