Monday, January 30, 2006

Question: CPRR Land Grants in L.A. County

From: "Ralph Shaffer"

Can you direct me to a map or volume that is very specific about the location of Central Pacific (Southern Pacific) land grant holdings within Los Angeles county? I need to know townships and sections as precisely as possible in order to pinpoint the location of a private holding that was apparently purchased from the R.R. in the late 1870s or early 1880s in what would now be the city limits of the city of Los Angeles.

The map on your website shows a wide swath of land in LA county that was such a land grant, but it doesn't show townships and sections.

I am specifically interested in RR land in-

Sec. 5, Township One South, Range 14 West of the San Bernardino Meridian, in which it appears the SPRR [CPRR?] may have held a diamond shaped parcel in the center of the section, in the vicinity of what would be Nichols Canyon today.

Where can I find a map, or a written description, verifying that the railroad did hold that particular parcel, and are there record books indicating when and to whom the parcel was sold? (probably in the late 1870s or early 1880s.)

Many thanks.

Ralph E. Shaffer
Professor emeritus, HIstory
Cal Poly Pomona