Jeffries built a large ranch home and a barn on his 107-acre ranch property, paying $2,000 down for the property and assuming a $10,000 mortgage. In the beginning, only ten acres were placed under cultivation but after a few years, he developed another 93 acres where he planted alfalfa. In 1931 Jeffries converted his dairy barn into a gym where he trained boxers and worked as a fight promoter. He promoted many fights out of "Jeffries Barn", also known as Jeffries Center, as well as holding Thursday night boxing matches until his death in 1953. After his death, the barn was dismantled and moved to Knott's Berry Farm amusement park. World heavyweight boxing champion from 1899-1905, James Jackson Jeffries (known as the "Boilermaker"), is considered to be one of the great heavyweight boxers of his era, perhaps the best of all time; he retired undefeated in May of 1905. He was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Dated June 30, 1939. Exterior view of heavyweight boxing champion James J. Jeffries' Barn.
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