[Los Angeles]: 1887. pp., on a quarto bifolium. even tanning. Minor dampstaining and a couple of minor chips at edges. Still very good. Item #3402
Unrecorded promotional for the 1887 auction of Hastings Ranch, a 1100-acre property northeast of Pasadena, wedged between Altadena, Sierra Madre, and the San Gabriels. The ranch was first purchased in 1882 by Charles Cook Hastings, who came to California as a teenager in 1849 and made his fortune operating general stores and supplying goods to miners. The elder Hastings began the construction of a mansion and the establishment of a vineyard on the land, but he died soon after in 1884, and control of the property fell to his son Charles Houston Hastings. The present advertisement seems to be for an auction of the property that never occurred, as the property was in fact sold only after the death of the younger Hastings in 1942. In that time, it became the home of Hastings' arboretum and menagerie, and almost became the site of the University of California's southern campus in 1919. This advertisement, printed on a bifolium offers the terms of sale for the property and a list of equipment and other items that come with the property. Not in OCLC.