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Original cabinet card photograph of one of the quarries on the Hutchinson Ranch in Sonoma County, California

(Sonoma County) (Early 20thc.) Photographer: E. Cherry, Santa Rosa, California. Mount oblong 8 x 10", photo 5.75 x 8.25". Mount soiled and chipped, lacks a corner, photo has very light scratches else very good condition. Written on the front of the mount "This is one of the quarries on the Hutchinson Ranch which produced paving blocks used in San Francisco streets" and "at the quarry in the mountain". On the reverse is written "Hutchinson's Ranch. Extended from top of Bennets Peak to the road. Bennet Valley. 3000 acres east of Bennet Peak. 500 acres west of peak. Possibly two miles along the road. Hop Kiln is still standing 1975". Photo shows a group of workers posing with piles of paving blocks and a horse drawn wagon full of paving blocks. Samuel Hutchinson purchased almost 3000 acres in 1871 for agricultural purposes, after his death his son Thomas leased an area of the ranch to quarry companies. In 1903, the City Construction Company, San Francisco bought 15 acres and they were able to produce 1,444,000 paving blocks in two years. By 1906, after having used up their property they opened more quarries on the ranch and through 1913 they were able to produce 250,000 paving blocks each year. The majority of the paving blocks went to San Francisco's south beach waterfront.

Book Id: 99-4141

Price: $495.00

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