The name ?Huntington? is one that is heard routinely throughout Orange County and other parts of Southern California. Yet, many people do not know the history of the man behind the name. An American railroad magnate, Henry Edwards Huntington owned the Pacific Electric Railway as well as a significant amount of real estate in the area. As such, he played a significant role in helping to build up Los Angeles and the surrounding area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Huntington?s Impact on Southern California

The nephew of Collis P. Huntington, who was one of The Big Four of men who were instrumental in the creation of the Central Pacific Railroad, Henry Huntington held several executive positions while working alongside his uncle. In 1898, he purchased the Los Angeles Railway before going on to form the Pacific Electric Railway three years later. By offering passenger-friendly streetcars 24 hours per day, Huntington?s railway systems were a step ahead of the railroads that were previously in service. In addition, his railway systems contributed to the boom in land development in Southern California as they serviced areas that railroads had never considered.

到 1910 年,亨廷顿电车系统已遍布南加州约 1,300 英里。在高峰期,该系统有 20 条有轨电车线路和 1,250 辆电车。亨廷顿于 1916 年从活跃的商业中退休,但他的发展对整个南加州的影响仍然存在,而且他的名字在许多方面仍然存在。


The Huntington name can be seen in many places throughout Southern California. Among the most prominent of his legacies is the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, which is located on his former estate in San Marino. In addition to being one of the top institutions in the world for the study of the history of science and technology, the library houses an extensive art collection focusing on 18th and 19th-century European art and 17th to mid-20th-century American art. The property also boasts 120 acres of landscaped gardens, including the ?Desert Garden,? the ?Japanese Garden? and the ?Chinese Garden.?

Huntington Beach, Huntington Park and Huntington Lake are all named in Huntington?s honor, as is Huntington Hospital in Pasadena and Henry E. Huntington Middle School in San Marino. Huntington Drive, which runs eastbound from downtown Los Angeles, was also named after Henry Huntington.

Riverside 的 Mount Rubidoux 城市公园最初被命名为 Huntington Park,顶部的道路被命名为 Huntington Drive。虽然此后公园已更名,但仍可以在公园内的一块名为亨廷顿岩的巨石上找到 1907 年献给亨廷顿的牌匾。在他死后,在山的北侧一个被称为亨廷顿神殿的地方增加了一块额外的牌匾。

The Huntington Hotel in Pasadena is another of Huntington?s legacies, with Huntington purchasing the failing Hotel Wentworth in 1911 and reopening it in 1914 under its new name. Huntington transformed the hotel into a beautiful winter resort , forging a reputation for fine service. Following a long history of ups and downs that included a variety of different owners, the hotel was most recently purchased by Langham Brand International and renamed Huntington Hotel & Spa.