E. S. Babcock

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Elisha Spurr Babcock, Jr.
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Born May 1, 1848
Indiana
Died September 1, 1922(1922-09-01) (aged 74)
Coronado, California
Resting place
Mount Hope Cemetery, San Diego, California
Nationality United States
Alma mater Evansville High School
Occupation Real Estate Mogul
Known for Co-founding the Hotel del Coronado
Board member of
Coronado Beach Company, San Diego Electric Railway Company,
Religion Christianity
Spouse(s) Isabella Graham Babcock

E. S. Babcock (May 1, 1848 – September 1, 1922) was an industrialist, tycoon, businessman, and entrepreneur. He is most famous for founding the Hotel del Coronado.

Early Years[edit]

Babcock was raised in Evansville, Indiana, and graduated from Evansville High School. From the outset of his career he was active in business and started many business ventures. Babcock's first job was with the Evansville and Terre Haute Railroad, commencing as a freight clerk at the Evansville depot, and working himself up to the position of general freight agent of the road. Eventually Babcock left the railroad service to engage in developing the Bell Telephone Company, which controlled a large territory extending from Evansville to New Orleans; at the same time he held sole ownership of the Eugene Ice Company, with some five large houses and a number of agencies, and was a partner in the firm of E. S. Babcock & Son.[1] It is generally thought that Babcock became acquainted with Charles T. Hinde in Evansville during the 1870s.

Hotel del Coronado[edit]

Originally Babcock came to southern California to regain his health, but when he sensed opportunity he established the Coronado Beach Company and began planning massive real estate investments. Using his training as a civil engineer he planned the construction of dams for water, and the Hotel del Coronado. However, the economy began to struggle and Babcock summoned his good friend Charles T. Hinde to come and help him save his investments. Through some luck John D. Spreckels decided to invest in the Santa Fe wharf in San Diego, the Hotel del Coronado, and purchase the dams.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A history of Evansville and Vanderburgh County, Indiana", 1897

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