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Born in New York on 1 January 1822, Levi I. Goodrich was a businessman involved in carpentry before he was 19. By 1849 he had caught the "gold fever" and sailed from New York to San Francisco arriving in September of the same year. He moved to San Jose a couple months later and worked as an architect designing banks, schools, office buildings and churches. He discovered a certain valuable stone possessing beauty and durability which led to his opening of Goodrich Quarries This stone was used to build many buildings in the area such as the Lick Observatory and Stanford University. After developing many quarries and building his own beautiful home Goodrich died while on vacation in San Diego on 2 April 1887. Illustration from "Pen Pictures From the 'Garden of the World'"