Legacy::Lucky Baldwin


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Lucky Baldwin statue, Arcadia, California - across Huntington Avenue from Santa Anita Racetrack at Holly Avenue
Land owned by the Baldwin estate was relatively worthless upon his death, but ten years after his death, oil was discovered on it. This became the Montebello Oil Fields, which would produce one-eighth of the crude-oil in California, one of the biggest oil fields in the west.<ref name=social/>

He is most well-known today for his involvement in horse racing. Baldwin founded the original Santa Anita Park racetrack on his estate (later closed, and re-opened again on the estate's land), breeding and racing some of the finest racehorses of his time.

The Baldwin Cottage, and Baldwin Pond are now on the grounds of the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. In 2015, the Cottage and accompanying Coach Barn were opened for regularly scheduled docent-let tours.

The Baldwin Hills mountain range and its Baldwin Hills district of South Los Angeles were named for him, as was the City of Baldwin Park, the Baldwin Stakes at Santa Anita, Baldwin Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains (near Baldwin's 1876 Gold Mountain Mine), Baldwin Beach at Lake Tahoe, and Baldwin Avenue in the San Gabriel Valley, among a number of places. His nickname also appears as the name of three pubs in Pasadena and Sierra Madre.

In 2013, the city of Arcadia placed a 9-foot tall bronze statue named "A Dawn In The West" of Lucky Baldwin in a city rose garden across the street from the main southern gate of Santa Anita Park race track. It was commissioned by two of Baldwin's descendants: Margaux Viera and Heather Gibson, both of California.<ref>"Lucky Baldwin statue dedicated in Arcadia" Pasadena Star-News, April 17, 2013, page 3.</ref>

Lucky Baldwin sections
Intro   Early life    Arrival in San Francisco    Marriages and affairs    Personal attacks    Thoroughbred racing    Friendship with Wyatt Earp    Death    Legacy    See also    References    Additional reading   

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