“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Anza in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Hamilton School, Anza

Hamilton School, Anza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, September 11, 2010
1. Hamilton School, Anza Marker
Inscription. Until the 1880s, James Hamilton was among the very first homesteaders in the Cahuilla Plains or Hamilton Plains, now Anza, and was a highly respected pioneer who overcame many obstacles in his life, including prejudice. The Hamilton School District was formed in 1913 and this schoolhouse was constructed in 1914. Used as a classroom for 50 years, serving grades 1-8, the school, named in honor of James Hamilton, also functioned as a polling and meeting place and continues to serve this community today.
Erected 1992 by Riverside County Historical Commission; Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus; Anza Civic Improvement League; Anza Community Hall Assn; Ana Lions Club; Anza Valley Society for the Creative Arts; Chamber of Commerce; De Anza Heritage and Genealogy Society; Soroptimist Int. of the High Country; Terwilliger Community Association; Thimble Club; VFW Post #1873 and Auxiliary; and R & M Concrete. (Marker Number 63.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 33° 33.297′ N, 116° 40.497′ W. Marker is in Anza, California, in Riverside County. Marker is at the intersection of Cahuilla Road (State Road 371) and Contreras Road on
Hamilton School, Anza image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, September 11, 2010
2. Hamilton School, Anza
Cahuilla Road. Click for map. Marker is located in front of the relocated old school building at Minor Park. Marker is in this post office area: Anza CA 92539, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kenworthy (approx. 7.3 miles away); Juan Diego Flats (approx. 7.8 miles away); Historic Lake Hemet Dam (approx. 8 miles away); Oak Grove Stage Station (approx. 13.3 miles away); Camp Wright (approx. 13.4 miles away); Speed-of-Light Experiment (approx. 14.7 miles away).
Regarding Hamilton School, Anza. Jim Hamilton came west by way of Mormon wagon trains, living with Sioux Indians for about a year before moving on to San Bernardino in about 1850. He then moved to San Diego where he built a hotel. He moved a few more times, finally settling on the Cahuilla Plains (now known as Hamilton Plains) before 1876. Jim Hamilton was born in Ohio in 1821 of racially-mixed parentage. Mr. Hamilton did battle prejudice in his life before he died in 1897, a landowner and a citizen held in very high esteem by his neighbors. SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
Categories. African AmericansEducationSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 521 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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