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Santa Cruz entreprenuer Frederick A. Hihn
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
Frederick Hihn emigrated to California from Germany in 1849. After starting several businesses in San Francisco and Sacramento, he moved to Santa Cruz in 1851. Hihn had interests in lumber, mining, railroads, and land. As a state assemblyman, he promoted the Santa Cruz Railroad.
Physical Description
Many people who went to California in the late 1840s and early 1850s were drawn to the state by the gold fields, but most sucessful entrepreneurs, like Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford, and Frederick Hihn, made their fortunes in other arenas. Often they started off by getting into the grocery business and then they diversified into land speculation and railroad building.

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