Wolfskill, William

Wolfskill, William

(1798–1866) trapper, California pioneer; born near Richmond, Ky. He trapped along the Rio Grande and became a Mexican citizen in 1830. He pioneered the western Spanish trail from Taos to California (1830–31) and settled in Los Angeles. He planted the first private orange grove in that area and was the first person there to ship oranges commercially.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.