A Land of “Well-tilled Little Farms”

Richard J. Orsi

in Sunset Limited

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780520200197
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940864 | DOI:
A Land of “Well-tilled Little Farms”

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This chapter takes a look at the development of the land grants in California and the western regions. It first studies the status of the early land sales of the Southern Pacific Company, before highlighting the intention of the Southern Pacific to settle its lands primarily with small farmers. This is followed by a discussion of the development of land grants during and after the 1880s, and of the Contract and Finance Company, the Western Development Company, and the Pacific Improvement Company. The chapter also considers the mistake committed by E.H. Harriman and the status of the Land Department after the San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906.

Keywords: land grants; E.H. Harriman; Land Department; land sales; Pacific Improvement Company; San Francisco earthquake

Chapter.  10401 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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