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 Elisha Spurr Babcock, Jr

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Elisha Spurr Babcock, Jr

  • Birth 1 May 1848 Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 1 Sep 1922 Coronado, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Plot Div. 3 Sec 6
  • Memorial ID 7965

Real Estate Mogul. An important figure in the history of San Diego, California, he is best remembered for building the famous Hotel del Coronado (1888) to attract residential buyers to the area. Ten US Presidents and countless celebrities have stayed at this Victorian-style beachfront hotel, which remains the second-largest wooden structure in the country; in addition it has appeared in over a dozen Hollywood films, most notably "Some Like It Hot" (1959) and "The Stunt Man" (1980). It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The Chicago-born Babcock trained as a civil engineer and moved to Southern California for health reasons in 1884. He developed over 4000 acres of San Diego property and gave the city its first electrical lighting system in 1904. But his business career was rocky, and he was nearly bankrupt when he died.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7965
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elisha Spurr Babcock, Jr (1 May 1848–1 Sep 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7965, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .