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Leslie Coombs "L.C." Brand
Birth: May 12, 1859
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 1925
Los Angeles County
California, USA

This is a CENOTAPH

Leslie Coombs Brand aka L.C.

The "Father of Glendale"

Financier, Philanthropist, Railroad Builder, Aviation Pioneer

Founder, Title Guarantee & Trust Co.

Leslie Coombs Brand died in April 1925 and the cenotaph is dated August 1925.

In 1911, Brand purchased a 160 acre vacation retreat/summer camp near Mono Lake. What is now known as the Burger Reserve formerly Burger Retreat, was originally the L.C. Brand retreat.

Brand liked to hunt and fish in the eastern Sierra. At that time, the drive from his home in Glendale to Mono Lake was a "torturous" 16 hours with allot of mechanical break downs and flat tires. Brand was documented as saying "I want to catch a nice mess of trout, and fly home in time to cook them for dinner." This need sparked a passion for aviation and those pursuits created an interest in him by Hollywood stars and well known aviation enthusiasts. He purchased many airplanes and hosted the historic Glendale "fly-in aeroplane" party on April, 1921.

The first flight to Mono Lake was July 4, 1919.
His first plane the "Mono Eagle," could not make the climb over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, so Brand ordered a custom plane. He acquired several landing sites along the route and purchased 15 acres below his Glendale home for a landing strip. He preferred to employ his own pilot Gilbert "Bud" Budwig, rather than fly himself.

His custom made Locomobile was dubbed the "Tioga Wolf" which could carry a boat, passengers and their gear to fishing sights not possible to reach in an ordinary vehicle.

Brand was spending the summer of 1924 on his compound in Mono Lake, when he learned he had cancer from the local doctor. He returned to the San Fernando Valley and spent his last days making provisions for his family and the city of Glendale.

He deeded his home "Miradero Castle" and 800 acres of land to the city and people of Glendale to be used as a library and park.

His funeral was held at the Glendale estate and was attended by over 1500 people. An airplane dropped flowers over the long processional. The city of Glendale mourned the loss of it's visionary.

The Mono Lake cenotaph appears to be in the same pyramid shape as the Brand burial monument in Glendale. They may both be representations of the Eye of Providence (perhaps Free Masonry).

Research & bio by Colletta

In memory of L.C. Brands
Burger Reserve Gravesite *
Lee Vining
Mono County
California, USA
*Cenotaph [?]
Created by: Colletta
Record added: Oct 30, 2012
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