The Allen Dairy Collection documents the farm's foundation and provides several topographical maps and architectural blueprints pertaining to the dairy's
construction. As the majority of the collection consists of maps and blueprints, boxes two through five document the architectural
aspects of the farm. The first box consists of ribbons and medals from the Southern California Exposition and awards from
the Ramona Nuevo Horse Show. Also included is an issue of the El Cajon Californian, with a front page article covering the
dairy’s closure in 1975.
The Allen Dairy was built by Seveno Allen in 1885. It was originally located in Mission Valley where it remained until 1957,
when it was relocated to El Cajon. It was the first commercial dairy to operate in San Diego County, growing to considerable
prominence before 1950. In 1975, the last owner, Jack Allen, closed down operations due to rising feed costs, marginal profits,
and what he considered to be unnecessary harassment by regulatory agencies. In 1978 a housing development was constructed
at the El Cajon dairy site.
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