Near Corona in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Serrano Tanning Vats
Erected 1981 by State Department of Parks & Recreation, Temescal Water Company Hydro Conduit Corp., Glen Ivy Hot Springs, Phil Porretta family and Billy Holcomb Chapter of E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 186.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 33° 46.683′ N, 117° 29.157′ W. Marker is near Corona, California, in Riverside County. Marker is on Temescal Canyon Road near Interstate 15, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The restoration of the tanning vats is about 8 miles south of Corona in Temescal Canyon. Exit I-15 at Temescal Canyon Road. On the east side of the freeway, about 150 feet south of the road, is a clearing with the vats and the plaque. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23255 Temescal Canyon Road, Corona CA 92883, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured Tanning Vat (here, next to this marker); Site of Third Serrano Adobe (a few steps from this marker); Site of First House in Riverside County (approx. 0.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Old Temescal Road (approx. one mile away); Site of Butterfield Stage Station (approx. 2.9 miles away); Silverado (approx. 6 miles away); Corona Founders (approx. 7.8 miles away); Death of the California Grizzly (approx. 9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Corona.
More about this marker. It was mainly through the efforts and research of Phil Porretta, XNGH-1987 that the Chapter has erected the California Registered Historical Landmark Plaques at this site. Near the plaques is a marker made by the Boy Scouts of America in 1962. Their marker was remounted as part of our restoration. The most notable tanning vats measured about 7' by 8' by 3' deep and about 6' by 6' by 2' deep. These vats were restored and their authenticity as artifacts verified by a staff member of the Southwest Museum.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
Regarding Serrano Tanning Vats. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.186 on June 20, 1935.
Also see . . .
1. Tanning Vats. Displaying photos of the vats in addition to the markers. (Submitted on March 16, 2010.)
2. The Serrano Tanning Vats. (Submitted on March 16, 2010.)
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