It was a gift to the city from Lotta Crabtree, who got her start in show biz during the Gold Rush era, singing, dancing and playing the banjo in the mining camps. When she retired in 1891, she was the wealthiest entertainer in America, thanks to her mother who managed her career.
All this prompts in me the memory of a wonderful actress with whom I shared the stage during two of my undergraduate years, Amanda Crabtree. If I recall correctly, her father's name is Paul Crabtree, and he was artistic director of a theater in Kentucky. Do I recall correctly? Was it The Bard Theater?
Related or not, Crabtree is one of the great names of the American theater, up there with Barrymore and Drew.