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Henry Wilshire (2)     $85.00
Henry Wilshire (2)
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Henry Gaylord Wilshire is well-known in Southern California as a land developer, publisher and namesake of Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.  Wilshire Boulevard is one of the most recongizable steets in the world. Its 15-mile route to the sea has been called the Fifth Avenue of the West and the Champs Elysees of the Pacific.

Henry Wilshire is a central figure of growth of Los Angeles, Henry G. Wilshire purchased land and halped transformed Long Beach into a seaside resort.  He also developed a commercial corridor along Wilshire Boulevard, which he donated to the city of Los Angeles.  A subsidiary of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, Wilshire cofounded The Fullerton Land and Trust Company which played a pivitol role in the establishment of Fullerton, California.  The president of Fullerton Land and Trust Company was George Fullerton.

Wilshire became a publisher and launched a socialist magazine called The Challenge, which printed excerpts from Sinclair Lewis' The Jungle. But he wasted his once-vast fortune on bad investments, including an "electromagnetic belt" he said would cure headaches. He died in New York, virtually penniless, in 1927.
 

This stock certificate reproduction is a wonderful item that is part of the history of Southern California and Los Angeles.




 


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