PACKARD, Albert (1820-1901) was born in Providence Rhode Island. He first moved to Mexico to practice law. In the late 1840s he came to California, making a small fortune outfitting gold miners. In the early 1850s Packard came to Santa Barbara.
Packard became the third owner of Santa Catalina Island in 1853. He gained possession from José María Covarrubias. The following year James Lick purchased the island.
In the 1860s Packard constructed a large adobe winery known as 'La Bodega' and sold wine under the 'El Recodo' label. He built a mansion (now the 500 block of West Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, that lasted until the 1960s. The adobe winery was demolished in the mid-1950s.
In the News~
November 13, 1901 [SBDN]: “Died. Packard. In this city, November 12, 1901. Judge Albert Packard, born at Providence, R. I. May 31, 1920. Funeral on Thursday morning st 10 A.M. from the late residence.”