Legacy of A. M. Allan
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Alexander MacMillan Allan, the son of Scottish immigrants, was born in 1859 in Pittston, Pennsylvania. He began driving mule teams at the age of ten and moved to Chicago as a young man. There he worked his way through the University of Illinois, studying engineering and architecture.
In 1894, A. B. Spreckels commissioned him to build the first horse racing track in California – the Ingleside track in San Francisco. He subsequently designed and built other California tracks, including Tanforan, Emeryville, Ascot Park, and Santa Anita.
He moved his family to California when he was hired by the Carmel Land and Coal Company to reactivate its Mal Paso mine and to develop the “Carmelito” subdivision. A. M. and Satie Allan purchased the land in 1898 and began a thirty-year battle to buy back the lots and to preserve the open space.
In 1933 the State Parks Commission purchased Point Lobos from the Allan family. Had it not been for A. M. Allan’s forethought and dedication to preserve that land in its natural state, we would not have the pleasure of enjoying its breathtaking beauty today.