Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Charles Crocker

A tycoon named Charles Crocker (1822-1888) is the single most important figure in the early development of Monterey Peninsula, because it was he who got excited about tourism potential here, and led the building of the magnificent Hotel Del Monte, which opened in 1880. Crocker financed his Monterey venture with money he made building the Central Pacific Railroad, a assive and dangerous project that he completed years ahead of the government deadline. The Crocker Cypress Grove, near Cypress Point in Pebble Beach, is probably named after Charles Crocker.(Photo: from the SCV Historical Society and considered to be in the public domain.)

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