Maj Henry Hancock

Maj Henry Hancock

Birth
Bath, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 9 Jan 1883 (aged 60)
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Main Mausoleum
Memorial ID 9328093 · View Source
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A Harvard Law graduate, a surveyor and Mexican War Veteran, Hancock and his brother bought a parcel of land that is now the La Brea Tar Pits for $2.50 per acre - this was 1860. In the 1870s, they began to mine the asphalt ore and sold it for $20 a ton. In 1880, Hancock sold his land to Arthur Gilmore who later turned the land into an oil field, baseball field, football stadium and the world famous Farmers Market. When Hancock died in 1883, he was poor and his family had been reduced to selling beans and watermelons to passersby.


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  • Created by: TLS
  • Added: 16 Aug 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9328093
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Henry Hancock (11 Apr 1822–9 Jan 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9328093, citing Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by TLS (contributor 372) .