Monday, October 28, 2013

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 built the magnificent Hotel Del Monte, which opened in 1880. Crocker financed his Monterey venture with money he made building the Central Pacific Railroad, a massive project that required a certain ruthlessness. Historians ponder the human toll of the endeavor, and debate the exact number of men who died from accidents. The number may be in neighborhood of 50 to 100 (probably not the "thousands" cited in some sources).

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