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Ascent of Hole Benchmark on 2012-05-23

Climber: Mark McCormick

Date:Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hole Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1261 ft / 384 m

Ascent Trip Report

This benchmark and area has some interesting history.
From Wikipedia "Willits J. Hole (October 9, 1858 – 1936) was an American businessman and real estate developer of Southern California. In 1897, Hole became resident agent at Stearns Rancho Company of San Francisco which owned over 180,000 acres which Hole gradually sold off. The Stearns Rancho Company property included Rancho La Sierra that stretched from Corona to Arlington in Riverside. In 1910, after its owner was unable to repay the debt, Hole foreclosed on it, and it became the Hole Ranch, and he built a mansion on the property." In 1922, the Seventh Day Adventist Church bought from Hole the 375-acre site, which is now known as La Sierra University. Hole raised fruit, vegetables, alfalfa, sheep and cattle on the the portion of the rancho that he did not sell. The site of his house was chosen not only for its view, but also, because it is blessed with year-round wind currents.
The Hole Mansion was designed by Arthur Benton, architect of the oldest remaining portions of the Mission Inn, and cost $15,000 to build. The walls and foundation are built of locally quarried granite, 18 inches thick. The house's grounds were designed by a well-known landscape architect, Paul J. Howard of Los Angeles. The formal garden at the front yard measures some 200-feet by 200-feet and is terraced to three levels. The garden features four six-feet by 12-feet lily ponds.
Willits J. Hole died in 1936. Through subsequent ownerships, the old rancho was further subdivided. In 1956, the Hole Mansion, with sufficient land -60 acres- to retain its isolation, was sold to its current owners, the Divine Word Seminary.
The Hole Mansion was designated in 1980 as a city landmark (No. 44) by the Riverside Cultural Heritage Board.
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    Route:From Claycroft Ln.
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