1. William Andrew Spalding, History and Reminiscences, Los Angeles City and County, California (3 vols., Los Angeles, 1931), I, p. 262; Harris Newmark, Sixty Years in Southern California (New York, 1916), p. 547.
Wicks was one of the most active speculators in real estate during the great boom. He began investing in land near Glendale in 1883, and 1887 was promoting a short-lived railroad between Santa Monica and Ballona. Glen S. Dumke, The Boom of the Eighties in. Southern California (Huntington Library, 1944), pp. 68, 94.
2. Los Angeles City Council Records, bk. 21, p 428.
3. Los Angeles Times, November 16, 1886; Los Angeles City Council, Records, bk. 21, pp. 723-728.
4. Los Angeles County Recorder, Deeds, bk. 312, pp. 297-299.
5. Los Angeles Tribune, January 1, 1888; Luther A. Ingersoll, Ingersoll's Century History, Santa Monica Bay Cities . . . (Los Angeles, 1908), 175; California Railroad Commission, Annual Report, 1889 (Sacramento, 1879-1912), p. 107.
6. Los Angeles County Recorder. Deeds, bk. 288,' pp. 227-235; bk. 426, pp. 275-276;
bk. 452, pp. 178-1 T9; bk. 602, 9-12.
7. Los Angeles Tribune, September 25, 1887, January 1, 1888.
8. Los Angeles Times, September 17, 1888; Ingersoll, op. sit., 175.
9. California Railroad Commission, Report (1889), 107, 111. The Los Angeles
Times, July 4, 1889, said that the railroad would eventually connect Pasadena and Santa Monica.
10. California Railroad Commission, Report (1889), 107, 111, 112; Spalding op sit.,
283; Los Angeles Express, March 28, 1889.
The Burbank depot was located on a four acre lot near the corner of Verdugo Avenue and Flower Street which was donated by the Providencia Land, Water and Development Company. The land company also granted the railway a right of way along Flower Street within the town of Burbank. Los Angeles County Recorder, Deeds, bk. 484, pp. 75-77.
11. Los Angeles Express, April 26, 1889; Poor's Manual of the Railroads of the United States, Street Railway and Traction Companies, Industrial and other Corporations . . . (57 vols., New York, 1868-1924), XXXIII, 1101. Poor's says that “to complete the line there remains to be done 3.6 miles to the new terminus in the centre of the city of Los Angeles.”
12. Los Angeles City Council, Records, bk. 30, p. 52; Los Angeles City Council, Ordinances, bk. 1, pp. 520-523.
13. Los Angeles County Recorder, Deeds, bk. 288, 227-235. “Sunset was situated northwest of the present town of Beverly. It was boomed by the location of the National Soldiers’ Home. The boomers built a hotel and made other improvements, but they started too late, and in spite of their earnest efforts the town was a failure. The beautiful hotel was used to store hay until it burned down.” Joseph Netz, “The Great Real estate Boom of 1887,” Historical Society of Southern California, Annual Publications, X (1915-1916), 63.
14. Los Angeles County Recorder, Deeds bk. 334, pp. 217-218.
15. California Railroad Commission, Report (1889), 107, 109, 111.
16. Los Angeles County Superior Court, case no. 11,385, Black Diamond Coal Co. vs.Los Angeles and Pacific Railway Co.
17. Ibid. This inventory was made August 10, 1889. It was very detailed; the list of real estate took five typed, legal size pages, and the inventory of other assets of the company covered thirteen pages of legal paper.
18. Los Angeles County Superior Court, case no. 11,386, California Bank vs. Los Angeles and Pacific Railroad Company, et a1.
19. Ibid.; Los Angeles Express, April 26, 1889. During April and May, 1889, the railroad had a gross income of only $522, barely enough to pay the rent due the Carter Brothers for use of the passenger cars.
20. California Bank vs. Los Angeles and Pacific Railroad.
22. California Railroad Commission, Report (1891),12, 200-201
23. “Report of Special Committee to receiver,” California Bank as. Los Angeles and Pacific Railroad.
24. Los Angeles County Recorder, Deeds, bk. 647, pp. 189-193. When President Luitwieler reported to the Railroad Commission in August, 1891, he stated that only $79,000 worth of six percent bonds were issued, and that these had been “used in payment of floating indebtedness.” California Railroad Commission, Report, (1891), p.201.
25. Los Angeles County Recorder, Deeds, bk. 710, pp. 260-265. Trains were not running in two years, and the right-of-way was apparently returned to Wolfskill in 1893. March 28, 1893, Judge Shaw signed an order returning the railroad right-of-way through Rancho San Vicente y Santa Monica to John P. Jones and Arcadia B. de Baker. A little later another order directed the receiver to remove all railroad property from the ranch by June 1, 1893. California Bank vs. Los Angeles and Pacific Railroad.
Litigation in the California Bank case dragged on for nearly five years. The file of this case in the Los Angeles County archives is nearly two feet high. One decision of Judge Shaw, changing the defendant from the California Bank to Grant, was reversed by the California Supreme Court.
26. California Bank vs. Los Angeles and Pacific Railroad, Los Angeles County Recorder, Deeds, bk. 744, pp. 307-308. The California Bank refused to become a party to this agreement
27. Spalding, op. cit., 313.
28. Los Angeles City Council, Records, bk. 40, p. 106; Dumke, op. cit., p. 135; Spalding, op. cit. p. 313; Newmark, op. cit., p 613. In the 1890’s the Los Angeles and Pacific Railway was commonly called the “Balloon Route” because of its curving track.
29. Newmark, op. cit., p. 612; Spalding, op. cit., p. 313.