San Marino

Thornton Gardens Comes to Life

January 13, 2009
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You might imagine that the son of the eminent businessman Charles "Tex" Thornton, whose 1940s contributions in aviation helped win World War II, would lead a life of privilege and seclusion. However, in Thornton's case, that couldn't be further from the truth. As the second-largest landowner in San Marino, California — the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens being the first — Chuck Thornton chose to give back to his community in a unique way.