Hemet Land Company, 1902.
Softcover. Very good. 7.5 x 4 inches, 39 pp, with many illustrations from photographs and a folding map titled "Lands of the Hemet Land Co. Situated in Sections...Riverside Co. Cal." Light handling wear, some chipping to edge of last page, some loosening at staples; very good. The Hemet Land Company and its sister company, the Lake Hemet Water Company, were formed in 1887 by San Francisco building contractor and engineer Edward L. Mayberry, his wealthy frriend William Whittier, and a small group of investors. Mayberry had conceived the idea of buying up land in the San Jacinto Valley, constructing a dam across a branch of the San Jacinto river that would provide irrigation, and then selling the land to farmers. The Lake Hemet Water Company began building the dam that created Lake Hemet in 1891. When completed in 1895, it stood at 122.5-feet and was the largest solid masonry dam in the world. By then, the new town of Hemet had a train depot, hotel, schools, newspaper, and all the water needed to grow almost anything. The Hemet Land Company owned 6000 acres, which it sold in 5- to 40-acre parcels at $100/acre, with an additional charge for a guaranteed water supply. Mayberry and Whittier had 2,500 acres planted with corn and wheat, alfalfa, olives, fruit trees, and grapes to demonstrate how well their land could support an abundance of profitable crops. Agricultural potential is the main focus of this brochure, which includes sections on the soil, sun-dried fruit, citrus crops, olives, sugar beets, potatoes, dairying, stock and poultry raising, markets, and average prices for land already under cultivation. A long section on the water system is followed by details of the town itself (four general merchandise stores, a flour mill, broom factory, schools and churches, no saloons). The map, which measures 12.75" x 13", shows more than 200 10-acre lots available for purchase, as well as 32 smaller lots within the Town of Hemet, 36 lots on Park Hill (10-25 acres each), and approximately 75 lots of varying sizes that have already been sold.