Joel Parker Whitney

Quest for better wool lead Whitneys to Rocklin

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series on Whitney Ranch. In 1856 George Whitney Sr. and four of his six sons, all successful San Francisco merchants, started ...

Wool found in Whitney Ranch's origins

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on Whitney Ranch. Western Rocklin covered the southern 12,000 acres of the 20,000-acre Spring Valley Ranch during the lat ...

Former project manager for Sunset City development dies

One of the leaders in Rocklin’s early expansion efforts, Dale Stringfellow, died July 31 at his residence in Lincoln Hills. He was 12 days short of his 90th birthday. In 1962, S ...

Learn about Joel Parker Whitney May 21

Western Rocklin is astride the southern 12,000 acres of Joel Parker Whitney’s Spring Valley ranch of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Gold fever brought the 17-year-old ...

A pyramid for a tomb?

In January 1913, Joel Parker Whitney, called Parker then, died at Del Monte California after a long bout with kidney disease. He was 78. According to Richard Miller’s Fortune B ...

Ansel Adams photos of Whitney Ranch languishing

In the late 1950s and early 1960s Sunset International Petroleum Corporation bought up the southern 12,000 acres of Joel Parker Whitney’s 22,000 acre Spring Valley Ranch and star ...