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By Bill Kirchner, July 9, 2010
Amboy and Roy's Café Marker
California (San Bernardino County), Amboy — 126 — Amboy and Roy's Café
Amboy, settled as early as 1858, became a water stop when the Southern Pacific Railroad laid its tracks through the Cadiz Valley in 1883-84. Following the course of the railroad and the National Old Trails Highway, Route 66 was opened in 1926. Amboy . . . — Map (db m78532) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Amboy — 92 — Amboy CraterNational Natural Landmark
Amboy Crater, formed of ash and cinders, is 250 feet high and 1500 feet in diameter. The crater is in one of the youngest volcanic fields in the United States. Six distinct periods of eruptions created the resulting nested group of volcanic cinder . . . — Map (db m78561) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Amboy — 69 — Old Route 66
Perhaps no other highway in the U.S. is as fabled as old Route 66. It has been immortalized in song, literature, and even a T.V. series as the main street of America. Automobiles came early to the desert, following the railroad with its reliable . . . — Map (db m78574) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Amboy — The Story of Route 66
[ Six panels are mounted on a half-moon base which tell The Story of Route 66 ]. Reading from left to right: [ Panel 1: ] The Story of Route 66 Commissioned in 1926 and soon dubbed "The Mother Road," Route 66 . . . — Map (db m33446) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Apple Valley — Family Home of B.J. Westlund, then Roy Rogers
Historical Point of Interest Family Home of B.J. Westlund, then Roy Rogers Town of Apple Valley Map (db m81130) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Arrowhead — Donald S. Wieman1900 - 1977
In 1932, during the Great Depression, California launched a large public works project to aid recovery. A major component was the construction of masonry walls, parapets and fountains along the historic "Rim of the World" highway. This work, widely . . . — Map (db m51261) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Arrowhead — 34 — Mormon Lumber Road
In the spring of 1852, over one hundred Mormon men donated a full thousand man-days of arduous labor, to construct a road up Waterman Canyon, past this spot, and into the prime timber, where some of their enterprising bethren established six . . . — Map (db m51260) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Baker — 22 — Francis Marion "Borax" Smith
Francis Marion "Borax" Smith built the railroad to move borax out of the hills and Death Valley in 1907 to replace the twenty mule teams that crossed this way to Ludlow. — Map (db m78589) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Baker — 622 — Harry Wade Exit Route
Some 100 wagons found themselves in Salt Lake City too late to cross the Sierra Nevada. They banded together under the name of Sand Walking Co. and started for the gold fields in California over the old Spanish Trail. After being in Death Valley . . . — Map (db m54761) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Baker — 74 — Marl Springs / Seventeenmile Point
Marl Springs Marl Springs was named in 1854 by Army Surveyor Lt. Amiel Whipple for the clay-like soil around the two waterholes. With the establishment of Fort Mojave in 1859, the Mojave (or Old Government) Road came into existence. Marl . . . — Map (db m78571) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Baker — Salt CreekA Desert and Riperian and Wetland Area
Though they comprise less than 9 percent of the 270 million acres of public lands administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, riparian and wetland areas, such as Salt Creek, are considered the most productive resources found on public lands. . . . — Map (db m72926) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Baker — Salt Creek HillsArea of Critical Environmental Concern
This area was the focus of both prehistoric...American activities and historic...mining. The rich environment provides...for numerous species. Please...protect these natural and c... This ACEC is open for hiking and non...d vehicle use. . . . — Map (db m72928) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Baker — 34 — Soda Springs - Zzyzx Mineral Springs
In 1860 the U.S. Army established an outpost at Soda Springs to protect government supplies from Indians. Later, miners processed the adjacent lake minerals. In 1906 the Tonopah & Tidewater railroad arrived. From 1944 to 1974 Dr. Curtis H. Springer . . . — Map (db m78587) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Baker — The Desert Studies Center
[Panel #1] 1776 - 1830: Early Explorers Francisco Garces 1776 - As the Revolutionary War broke out, California was still a province of Spain, and the Spanish government decided to help feed a hungry Mexico by farming the . . . — Map (db m83575) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — Amiel Weeks Whipple1817-1863
His Expedition for a transcontinental railroad, crossed the Colorado River on Feb. 27, 1854 and 3 weeks later reached Los Angeles, receiving aid from the Mojave Indians. The Atcheson, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad followed Whipple’s trail for much of . . . — Map (db m50577) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — 892 — Barstow Harvey House
Harvey Houses were legendary in the history of Western rail travel. Operated by Fred Harvey in conjunction with this Santa Fe Railway, the network of restaurant-hotels set a new standard in quality meal service. Barstow's Spanish-Moorish "Casa Del . . . — Map (db m50666) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — Calico Mountain MinesMining the Mojave
April 6, 1881, S.C. Warden, Hues Thomas and John C. King located claims on Calico Mountain and named it the Silver King Mine. Below there, the tow of Calico grew from 100 people in the spring of 1882 to over 1,200 at the peak of the rush. There . . . — Map (db m50540) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — Christiansen Memorial Plaza"You Are Not Forgotten"
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California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — Father Garces1738-1781
In early 1776, he set out northward from Yuma Villages on the Colorado River on a journey that took him across the Mojave Desert to the Mission of San Gabriel. He was a master of finding guides who would escort him through their own lands. — Map (db m50562) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — General Beale Uses Camels
In 1857, under orders to survey a wagon road from New Mexico to California, General Edward Beale followed the 35th parallel to paths opened by Francis Aubry and Lt. A.W. Whipple. Beale’s orders required importation of camels and drivers to . . . — Map (db m50561) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — General Steven Watts Kearny1794-1848
He was “the Father of the US Calvary” and President Polk named him “Commander of the Army of the West”. In 1848 he went from Santa Fe, NM on to CA with 100 men on an arduous trip across our desert and on to a battle at San . . . — Map (db m50576) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — Jedediah Smith1798-1831
In 1826 he led a party of 17 men through the territory of the Mojave Indians, then west across our Great desert. During the trek, the heat became so intense that it forced him and his men to bury themselves in the sand to keep cool. They were the . . . — Map (db m50571) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — John Charles Fremont1813-1890
Called “Pathfinder”, he was known as the west’s greatest adventurer, noted for bravery and his meticulously recorded notes on vegetation and geography. On his 3rd expedition across California in 1845 he, along with Kit Carson, led the . . . — Map (db m50572) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — Kit Carson1809 - 1868
At 19, he was hired for an expedition to California. They traveled south of the Grand Canyon, crossed the Colorado, then followed the dry bed of the Mojave River and crossed the mountains at Cajon Pass to arrive at San Gabriel Mission in early 1830. . . . — Map (db m50573) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — Mojave Runners
The Mojave Indian Runners helped get messages and information to far flung villages. They could run up to 100 miles a day barefoot and only donned sandals on very rocky or spiney [sic] areas. A group of them met Capt. John Fremont in 1844 near where . . . — Map (db m50542) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — National Old Trails Hwy/Route 66
In the early 1920’s, an emigration to California started from the Midwest. Families packed up and headed West on National Old Trails Hwy., and proceeded right along Barstow’s Main street. The depression and dust storms of the 1930’s sent families to . . . — Map (db m50530) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — 141 — Slash X Ranch
The Slash X Ranch was started in 1942 by Lee and Mary Berry. Lee was known as the "Cattle Baron" of the Mojave Desert. At its peak the Slash X ran about 3000 head of cattle. Mary, his wife, did not want drinking and carousing in her house. So using . . . — Map (db m78519) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — 156 — Stoddard Wells Road
Previous to the building of Stoddard Wells Road, the primary route of travel between the Fish Ponds (present-day Daggett) and Little Meadows (present-day Victorville) was by way of the Mojave River and Lane's Crossing. Although it later became known . . . — Map (db m92810) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — The California Gold Rush
With the discovery of gold in California in 1848, it’s statehood in 1850, and the resulting emigration to the west, the interest of the government in exploring a rail link to the Pacific became serious in the early 1850’s. Not only would a Pacific . . . — Map (db m50558) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — The Harvey House
In the late 1800’s to 1930’s, rail travel was considered the choice of transportation, Fred Harvey had set up a string of dining rooms and boarding housed for Santa Fe passengers. In 1911, Mr. Harvey opened million dollar “Casa Del . . . — Map (db m50535) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — The Mormon Trail
The Southern Route of the Mormon Trail followed paths explored by Father Garces and Jedediah Smith. In 1848, Mormon Battalion Captain Jefferson Hunt trailed cattle to Utah on this trail. The Daniel Davis family, also of the Mormon Battalion, . . . — Map (db m50580) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — The Old Spanish Trail
[Text from the bottom panels, left to right] The first explorers kept detailed journals of their expeditions detailing the route taken and the friendly and hostile encounters with Indians along the way. Journals assisted those who followed . . . — Map (db m50615) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Barstow — Waterman Junction Becomes Barstow 1886William Barstow Strong
In 1885, the California Southern R.R. Co. connected with the Atlantic and Pacific R.R. line on the Mojave River creating Waterman Junction. Being named for Governor Waterman, owner of Waterman Mine and a mill nearby. A post office was . . . — Map (db m50533) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Big Bear City — 21 — Bellevill Holcomb Valley
Founded in late 1859. Bellevill was named after Belle Van Dusen, the first child born in Holcomb Valley, she was the daughter of Ted Van Dusen, the town blacksmith and early pioneer. — Map (db m78590) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Big Bear City — 2 — Holcomb Valley
Named for William Francis "Bill" Holcomb Pioneer Prospector who, in this valley discovered Southern California's richest gold field - May 5, 1860 — Map (db m50610) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Big Bear City — 619 — Holcomb Valley
Southern California's largest gold rush followed the discovery of rich placer deposits by William F. Holcomb and Ben Choteau on May 4, 1860. Miners rushed to the valley and established boom towns. Belleville, the largest, rivaled San Bernardino in . . . — Map (db m50702) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Chino — Cornerstone to Chino’s First Reservoir
This reservoir, now demolished, was built for Fenton Mercer Slaughter in 1894. It was located about one-quarter mile north of this adobe. — Map (db m249) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Chino — 942 — Rancho Chino Adobe Site
Near this site, Isaac Williams in 1841 built a large adobe home, located on the 22,000-acre Rancho Chino which he acquired from his father-in-law Antonio Lugo. The "Battle of Chino" occurred at the adobe on September 26-27, 1846, during which 24 . . . — Map (db m50665) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Chino — Site of the Battle of Chino
Near this spot once stood the home of Isaac Williams, first American settler in this valley, about which on September 26-27 1846, was fought the first important engagement in California of the war with Mexico. This was also the site of the Chino . . . — Map (db m379) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Chino — 191 — Yorba-Slaughter Adobe
This example of early California architecture was built in 1850-53 by Raimundo Yorba. Purchased in 1868 by Fenton Mercer Slaughter, it was preserved as a memorial to him by his daughter, Julia Slaughter Fuqua. — Map (db m923) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Colton — 121 — Agua Mansa
This historic site marks the resting place of the pioneers of the Agua Mansa area which was started about 1840. The preservation of this cemetery began in 1951. — Map (db m63926) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Colton — 617 — Fort Benson
This is the site of an adobe fortification erected about 1856-57 by the "Independent" faction in a dispute with the Mormons over a land title. The fort was maintained for about a year. This also is the site of the Indian village of Jumuba, and . . . — Map (db m51027) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Daggett — 83 — Daggett
This community long served as a supply point and railhead for the mines of Death Valley and Calico. In the early 1880's the first borax produced in Death Valley was hauled by mule team to the Atlantic & Pacific R.R. (later the Santa Fe) at Daggett. . . . — Map (db m78568) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Daggett — 115 — Daggett Garage
The Daggett Garage began life in the 1880s at the borax town of Marion, located on the northeast shore of Calico Dry Lake, as a locomotive repair roundhouse for the narrow-gauge Borate and Daggett Railroad. Daggett blacksmith Seymour Alf used a . . . — Map (db m78541) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Daggett — 98 — Forks of the Road
Three miles north lies the Mojave River and the site of Forks of the Road. This was the junction of two major travel routes: The Old Spanish or Salt Lake Trail and The Ancient Mojave River Trail. In the 1830s and 1840s the Old Spanish Trail saw . . . — Map (db m78556) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Devore — 573 — Sycamore Grove
This campsite on both the Mojave Trail over the mountains and the Cajon Pass Route was probably first seen by Spanish and American traverlers in the 1770's and was noted by them in 1806, 1849 and 1850. Michael White, grantee in 1843 of the . . . — Map (db m70606) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Earp — 82 — Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp was born in Illinois March 19, 1848. In 1864 he came west with his family, settling near San Bernardino. He later served as lawman in Wichita and Dodge City, then came to Tombstone in 1879. After the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in 1881, . . . — Map (db m78569) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Fenner — 985 — Clipper Divisional CampCamp Clipper - Desert Training Center — California-Arizona Maneuver Area
Camp Clipper was established at a site that reached From Essex Road to this location in the spring of 1942. It was one of twelve such camps built in the Southwestern Desert to harden and train United States troops for service on the . . . — Map (db m72258) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Fenner — John Wilkie Safety Roadside Rest Area At Fenner
As Caltrans Highway Superintendent for the Needles area, John Wilkie sought ways to improve maintenance at this Rest Area. Pursuing this goal, John became a statewide leader in increasing employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. . . . — Map (db m335) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Fontana — 950 — Site of U.S. Rabbit Experimental Station
In March 1928, the Federal Government established the first and only experimental station in the United States devoted solely to research on the breeding and raising of rabbits on a five-acre property donated by A. B. Miller of Fontana. The station . . . — Map (db m50670) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Fort Irwin — Deep Space Station - 14Commemorating 40 Years of Service to the Deep Space Network — 1966 - 2006
As a communication platform: Supporting space exploration beginning with the Mariner 4 mission to Mars, and through the years providing a vital link to NASA's robot explorers across the solar system, including Voyager, Mars Exploration Rovers, . . . — Map (db m50371) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Glen Helen — Pioneer Women
Erected in memory of the pioneer women of the San Bernardino Valley who dared to travel across the country by ox team and covered wagon to help lay the foundation for the building of this state. — Map (db m72579) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Goffs — 136 — Army Camp at GoffsDesert Training Center — California-Arizona Maneuver Area
The U. S. Army maintained a camp at Goffs 1942-1944. Goffs was an important railhead, supply point, hospital, and for three months in 1942 Headquarters of the 7th Infantry Division. That unit went on to distinguish itself in combat in the Aleutians . . . — Map (db m78523) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Goffs — 65 — Goffs Schoolhouse1914
The first school in Goffs opened its doors for the fall term in 1911 serving the needs of cattle ranches, mining districts, homesteaders, the railroad, and, most of all, the people supporting expanding travel on the National Old Trails Road – . . . — Map (db m78575) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Goffs — 61 — Pah-Ute CreekFort Pah-Ute — Mojave Road
Pah-Ute Creek, which runs year around, attracted many Indian tribes, who used several Indian trails through this area. The first white man to visit Pah-Ute Creek was Fr. Francisco Garces in May of 1776. It was given it's name by Lt. A.W. Whipple . . . — Map (db m78577) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 1 — Las Flores Ranch / Mojave Trail
[This is a four sided monument with four different markers:] Side A: Las Flores Ranch Near this spot on March 25, 1866, Edwin Parrish, Nephi Bemis and Pratt Whiteside, young cowboys employed on this ranch, were ambushed, . . . — Map (db m50609) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — Las Flores Ranch Barn
Largest old barn in Southern California. Erected in 1872 by ranch owners, Amos P. Houlton and James F. Houghton, with lumber cut and transported from Sawpit Canyon by oxen. — Map (db m50649) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Kelso — Kelso Depot
Several panels outline the history of the Kelso Depot Kelso: Why here? The railroad town of Kelso arose because of the steepness of the grade beyond and the abundance of groundwater below. The Cima Grade was too long and . . . — Map (db m80564) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Kelso — Kelso JailMojave National Preserve
After several decades, the infamous, two cell, metal jail is in its original home near the Kelso Depot Visitor Center in Mojave National Preserve. Twelve years ago, officials at the Barstow office of the Health Department wanted it removed from . . . — Map (db m82386) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Lake Arrowhead — 157 — Club Arrowhead in the Pines
Club Arrowhead Villas was constructed and dedicated in 1926 by The Atkins Corporation as seen on the pillared entrance to Arrowhead Villas. It was to be a luxury resort catering to wealthy patrons from across the country seeking adventure and . . . — Map (db m94403) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Lake Arrowhead — Memorial to Pauliena LaFuze
"I never thought I would outlive the trees" A century old herself in 2005, and seeing many of her beloved trees bow to beetle and flame, Pauliena Lafuze had done just that. She has been a Lake Arrowhead Woman's Club member since the . . . — Map (db m30409) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Lake Arrowhead — Mountain History Museum
Founded in 1986 as the Crest Forest Historical Society, the Rim of the World Historical Society now operates the Mountain History Museum in this renovated San Bernardino County Firehouse. Today, in its 25th anniversary year, the society . . . — Map (db m72092) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Landers — 123 — The Integratron
The Integratron is the creation of George Van Tassel, and is based on the design of Moses' Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla, and telepathic directions from extraterrestrials. The domed structure 35 feet high and 55 feet in diameter, was . . . — Map (db m78533) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Lanfair Valley — 135 — Nevada Southern Railway
In January of 1893 construction of Isaac C. Blake's Nevada Southern Railway commenced northward from Goffs toward Manvel (later known as Barnwell) for the purpose of hauling ore from the mining districts of southeastern California and southern . . . — Map (db m78524) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Loma Linda — 95 — Guachama Rancheria
"Guachama Rancheria, lying along this road, was named San Bernardino May 20, 1810, by Francisco Dumetz. In 1819 it became the San Bernardino Rancho of Mission San Gabriel. The adobe administration building stood about 70 yds. north of this spot, an . . . — Map (db m51015) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Lucerne Valley — 737 — Chimney Rock
Conflicts between Indians and white settlers over the rich lands of the San Bernardino Mountains culminated in The Battle at Chimney Rock on February 16, 1867. Although the Indians defended themselves fiercely, they were forced to retreat into the . . . — Map (db m63982) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Lucerne Valley — Peter Davidson
In Honor of Peter Davidson Born in Scotland, 1826, settled in Lucerne Valley in 1883 and is believed to be the areas first white settler. He build a home on the knoll behind this site and gave food and lodging to wayfarers. He died, . . . — Map (db m63948) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Lucerne Valley — The Last Indian Fight in Southern California
In January 1867 Indians left their camp east of Chimney Rock to go into the San Bernardino Mountains where they looted and burned several cabins and a sawmill. In retaliation, a possee surprised the Indians at their camp and killed and wounded many, . . . — Map (db m50849) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Ludlow — 139 — Project Carryall
...and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Micah 4:3 With the end of World War II and the onset of the Cold . . . — Map (db m78521) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Ludlow — 133 — Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Shops
Seeking a more efficient way to get borax from his mines on the east side of Death Valley to processing facilities near Los Angeles, and hoping to tap the booms at Rhyolite, Tonopah, and Goldfield, Nevada, Francis Marion Smith built the Tonopah and . . . — Map (db m78526) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Lytle Creek — 147 — Lytle Creek Canyon
Lytle Creek Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains has a long and interesting history. It is named for Andrew Lytle, who served as a company commander in the famed Mormon Battalion during the Mexican War. Lytle was among the earliest settlers of the . . . — Map (db m78514) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Mentone — Henry Harbinson Sinclair1858-1914
In memory of Henry Harbinson Sinclair 1858-1914 A testimonial to his high and useful service as a pioneer in the establishment and development of the hydro electric industry in California — Map (db m58597) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Morongo Valley — Morongo Indian Village
This monument located on site of the Morongo Indian Village Here John Morongo was born 1850, became outstanding member of the Morongo clan for whom Morongo Basin was named. Later was appointed U.S. Peace Officier with title of . . . — Map (db m80563) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Mount Baldy-Wrightwood — 146 — Blue Cut
Cajon Pass, separating the San Bernardino and San Gabriel ranges, has long been an important natural gateway. It is traversed by Indian trails, emigrant routes, railroads, and a superhighway. Early in the nineteenth century it became the southern . . . — Map (db m78515) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Needles — 44 — Ibis Divisional Camp - Desert Training CenterCalifornia – Arizona Maneuver Area — 440th Anti – Aircraft Artillery - (Automatic Weapons) Battalion
Camp Ibis was established at this site in the spring of 1942 – one of eleven such camps built in the California – Arizona Desert to harden and train United States Troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. The 440th AAA . . . — Map (db m78585) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Needles — 781 — National Old Trails
This bridge marks the site where the National Old Trails Highway later Highway 66 crossed the Colorado River. It links the Mojave Indian lands visited by Father Garces in 1776. Near this location the American Explorer, Jedediah Smith and his band of . . . — Map (db m50647) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Needles — Needles El Garces Train StationNeedles, California
Formerly one of the grandest Harvey House Hotel, Restaurant & Santa Fe Train Stations. The hotel and restaurant were open from 1908 to 1949. The train station closed in 1988. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth . . . — Map (db m33445) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Needles — 859 — Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument
This boundary monument, a cast iron column erected in 1873, marks the southern terminus of the California – Nevada State Boundary established by A. W. Von Schmidt's 1872 – 73 survey. Von Schmidt's line, the first officially recognized . . . — Map (db m29467) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Needles — 188 — Von Schmidt State Boundary Monument
This marker commemorates the iron column erected in 1876 at the southernmost tip of the boundary survey line run by Allexey W. Von Schmidt, U. S. astronomer and surveyor. The line dividing Nevada and California was based on preliminary geodetic work . . . — Map (db m29468) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Newberry Springs — Bagdad CafeRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
Originally built in the 1950s, this world-famous restaurant was the location of the 1988 film, "Bagdad Cafe," which became the new name of the restaurant in 1995. — Map (db m52229) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Newberry Springs — 963-1 — Camp Cady (1860-1871)
Camp Cady was located on the Mojave Road which connected Los Angeles to Albuquerque. Non-Indian travel on this and the nearby Salt Lake Road was beset by Paiutes, Mohaves, and Chemehuevis defending their homeland. To protect both roads, Camp Cady . . . — Map (db m50718) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Newberry Springs — 145 — Historic Mojave River Road
The River Bluff Ranch is on the north bank of the Mojave River near the historic locations of Calico Ghost Town, Newberry Springs, Yermo, and abandoned relics of U.S. Army outpost Camp Cady. To the east are the Mojave Road, the Old Spanish Trail, . . . — Map (db m73477) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Newberry Springs — 143 — Newberry Springs
The history of Newberry Springs can be traced back more than 20,000 years. Digs at the Early Man Site north of here discovered tools dating prior to 20,000 BC. At that time, much of the land was covered by the prehistoric Lake Manix. Then, around . . . — Map (db m78517) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Newberry-Baker — 19 — Camp Rock Spring
To the United States Soldiers of Camp Rock Spring --- who guarded the U.S. Mail No glory there, nor much chance for military fame, but true patriots and heroes were they, to submit to such privations--yet these are the nurseries of the army, . . . — Map (db m78592) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Newberry-Baker — Fort Pah-Ute(1867-68)
As many as eighteen enlisted men of Company "D," 9th U.S. Infantry once served duty here within the now crumbling walls of "Fort Pah-Ute." Although never established as an official fort, "Pah-Ute Creek," as it was commonly called, did house a small . . . — Map (db m51274) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Newberry-Baker — 16 — Jack and Ida Mitchell
Modern Pioneers, Miner and Geologist who helped to preserve these caverns — Map (db m78594) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Newberry-Baker — 963 — Mojave Road
Long ago, Mohave Indians used a network of pathways to cross the Mojave Desert. In 1826, American trapper Jedediah Smith used their paths and became the first non-Indian to reach the California coast overland from mid-America. The paths were worked . . . — Map (db m96576) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Newberry-Baker — Pozos de San Juan de Dios
On March 8, 1776, Fr. Francis Garces, OFM, on his most famous journey of over 2,000 miles from Mission San Xavier Del Bac, Tucson, Arizona, to Mission San Gabriel, California, rested here and named these waterholes "St. John of God Springs", (Marl . . . — Map (db m56915) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Newberry-Baker — 40 — The Mojave Road
Long ago Mohave Indians used a network of pathways to cross the Mojave Desert to reach the Pacific Coast from their homes along the Colorado River. In 1776, the Spanish Missionary Francisco Garces became the first non-Indian to trek these . . . — Map (db m78586) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Newberry-Baker — 70 — Valley Wells
In the late 1860's copper was discovered on Clark Montain and the Clark Mining District was organized. Ore was rich but high transportation costs soon caused mining to cease. In the late 1890's the railroad came within 30 miles and the original . . . — Map (db m78573) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Nipton — Movement in the Desert
To cross the dry and rugged Mojave Desert, early inhabitants developed foot trails traveling from spring to spring. These trails evolved from footpaths to pack routes and then wagon roads as Euro-Americans entered the desert. Railroad routes strayed . . . — Map (db m83462) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Nipton — 99 — Nipton
The town of Nipton was born on February 9, 1905 with the coming of the first train on the newly constructed San Pedro, Los Angles and Salt Lake Railroad. Originally called Nippeno Camp after a nearby gold discovery, the name was changed to Nipton . . . — Map (db m78555) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Nipton — Railroads Revolutionize Transportation
By the late 1800s, transcontinental railroads were uniting the nation. The Southern Pacific was the first to cross the Mojave Desert in 1883. Train routes provided economical transportation for raw materials like minerals and cattle to larger . . . — Map (db m83948) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Nipton — Ranching and Mining
Gold and silver discoveries during the mid-1800s brought hundreds of prospectors trekking across the eastern Mojave. Ephemeral camps sprang up throughout the desert as miners discovered copper and silver in nearby mountains. Ranchers moving into . . . — Map (db m83927) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Nipton — Western Expansion
In 1776, while Spain was establishing missions in California, Father Garces became in the first known Europe to travel along Indian trails here. Mojave Indians helped guide Garces west to the San Gabriel Mission. In 1826, famed trapper and explorer . . . — Map (db m83463) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Nipton — Who Has Lived Here?
Humans have lived in the Mojave Desert for perhaps 12,000 years. The earliest humans inhabited this region during times of higher precipitation, when the dry lake beds of today were filled with water. Their projectile points, scrapers, and other . . . — Map (db m83464) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Ontario — Mule Car
From August 14, 1888, to September 24th, 1895, the Ontario & San Antonio Heights R.R. Company’s gravity mule car transported citizens up-and-down Euclid Avenue from Holt Boulevard to 24th Street. The cars were designed by John H. Tayes. . . . — Map (db m37512) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Ontario — Nine Young Pepper Trees
This is one of nine young pepper trees purchased and planted on Euclid Avenue by the students of Ontario's nine public elementary schools in observance of Arbor Day, March 8, 1954. The young trees were planted as replacements for mature trees of . . . — Map (db m375) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Ontario — WCTU Fountain
This fountain was built by the Women's Christian Temperance Union and dedicated to this City of Ontario on July 4th 1908, to provide the town with "a drinking fountain where only the pure, sparkling water can be had at any time by the . . . — Map (db m37513) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Phelan — 577 — Mormon Trail Monument
In June 1851, 500 Mormon Pioneers came through this pass to enter the San Bernardino Valley where they colonized and established a prosperous community. — Map (db m51024) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Phelan — 154 — Sanford Cutoff
For centuries the Cajon Pass has been an important thoroughfare for travelers and traders between the Mojave Desert and Southern California. Following the route of the Old Spanish Trail, most travelers transited the pass on its east side. This . . . — Map (db m80751) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Pioneertown — 117 — Pioneertown
Pioneertown was founded in 1946 by a group of Hollywood personalities led by cowboy actors Dick Curtis and Russell Hayden as a permanent 1880s town for filming western movies. On Sept 1, 1946 Roy Rogers broke ground for the first buildings. Assisted . . . — Map (db m78539) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Rancho Cucamonga — Bear Gulch
In memory of the California Pioneers. Bear Gulch, the home of oso. In 1779, Father Font camped here on his way to Monterey. — Map (db m383) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Rancho Cucamonga — Cucamonga Service Station
The Cucamonga Service Station was built by Henry Klusman in 1915 on the State Route which would 10 years later, be designated as U.S. Route 66. This type and style of station is one of the few remaining that once numbered in the thousands and . . . — Map (db m94056) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Rancho Cucamonga — 490 — Cucamonga Winery
Established by Tiburcio Tapia, to whom the Cucamonga Rancho was granted March 3, 1839 by Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado of Mexico. — Map (db m382) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Rancho Cucamonga — Red HillCity of Rancho Cucamonga Historic Point of Interest
This site sits at the base of the prominent Red Hill Landmark. The early historic importance of the property stems from its proximity to a reliable water source, Cucamonga Creek, and to its location on the major roadway between Los Angeles and San . . . — Map (db m53036) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Rancho Cucamonga — 360 — Tapia Adobe Site
In 1839 Governor Juan Alvarado granted the 13,000-acre tract called Cucamonga to Tiburcio Tapia, an ex-soldier who was a prominent merchant and alcalde in Los Angeles. A half-mile west of this marker Tapia, employing Indian laborers, immediately . . . — Map (db m50672) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Redlands — 994 — A.K. Smiley Public Library
Albert K. Smiley, a leader of the city's library movement, donated this building and park to the citizens of Redlands in 1898. Through his generosity, Redlands was given one of California's few privately funded libraries of that era. In 1906, he . . . — Map (db m51029) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Redlands — 1019 — Kimberly Crest
Mary Kimberly Shirk, an advocate for women's education and acting president of Scripps College during World War II, made a gift of her home, Kimberly Crest, to the people of Redlands. The house, an excellent example of Chateauesque architecture . . . — Map (db m51030) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Redlands — 43 — Mill Creek Zanja
Spanish missionaries introduced the principle of irrigation in San Bernardino Valley, thus opening the way to settlement. Franciscan Fathers engineered, and Indians dug, this first ditch (or "zanja") in 1819-20. In historical sequence the zanja . . . — Map (db m51013) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Redlands — 42 — San Bernardino Asistencia
This branch of San Gabriel Mission was constructed about 1830 on the San Bernardino Rancho. During the 1840s, its buildings were used by José del Carmen Lugo as part of his rancho grant. Later, after its sale to the Mormons, it was occupied by . . . — Map (db m51012) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Redlands — Site of First Lugonia, Now Redlands, District SchoolBuilding Erected 1877
The name Lugonia was suggested by Charles R. Paine then County Supt. of Schools Trustees C. E. Brink M. H. Crafts W. R. Tolles Teacher, George W. Beattie Monument Erected 1935 — Map (db m97617) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Rimforest — 579 — The Daley Road
Built by Edward Daley & Company 1870 — Map (db m51026) HM
California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — Arrowhead Plaza
Rancho Agua Caliente by 1820 was established by Mission San Gabriel authorities in this area to supply water and grass for mission cattle. Jose Del Carmen Lugo, Jose Maria Lugo and Vicente Lugo acquired the mission lands in 1823 and built a . . . — Map (db m79020) HM
California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — Charles C Rich / Amasa M Lyman
In memory of Charles C Rich Amasa M Lyman Builders of the Council House 1852 First school, church, and later Court House of this county. — Map (db m79017) HM
California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — Historic Cannon
1818 Mexican Cannon captured in Los Angeles by Americans in 1845 and placed in Fort Benson in 1856 by an independent party in a dispute with Mormons over land title. — Map (db m86676) HM
California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — Mormon Pioneer Trail
On June 1851, the first major group of 520 Mormon settlers entered Southern California at Baldy Mesa Ridge in the West Cajon Pass. This location is northwest of Highway 138, about four miles from the Palmdale Freeway offramp. The Wagon Route ran . . . — Map (db m51259) HM
California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — 302 — Settlement of San Bernardino
(top-center plaque) In March 1851 Charles C. Rich and Amasa M. Lyman, apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, left Utah with 437 people "to establish a stronghold for the gathering of saints in California." Jefferson . . . — Map (db m79018) HM
California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — 44 — Site of Mormon Stockade
On this site in 1839 was built the first house in San Bernardino. The home of Jose del Carmen Lugo one of the grantees of the Rancho San Bernardino. Also on this site in 1851 a stockade of logs was built as a protection against Indians. In it . . . — Map (db m51014) HM
California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — 578 — Stoddard-Waite Monument
Sheldon Stoddard Sydney P. Waite came over this trail 1849 helped erect this monument 1912 — Map (db m51025) HM
California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — 977 — The Arrowhead Landmark
Located in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains directly above the City of San Bernardino, the Arrowhead Landmark can be seen for miles around. This important landmark has for centuries been a symbol of the San Bernardino Valley to the . . . — Map (db m51028) HM
California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — The Council House
On this site the first public building erected in this county was the Council House. Built by Amasa Lyman and Charles C. Rich in 1853. Built of adobe, it was the central office of the Mormon interests both religious and secular. Later it was our . . . — Map (db m79019) HM
California (San Bernardino County), San Bernardino — To Jedediah SmithPathfinder of the Southern Sierras
Born at Brambridge in Northern N.Y. January 6, 1799 he discovered south pass of the Rocky Mts. the great gateway through which passed nearly all subsequent migration west and northwest from the Atlantic to the Pacific. He was the first American . . . — Map (db m79016) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Trona — Austin Hall
Austin Hall, the much loved focal point of the Trona community, once stood on this site. Built in 1912 the unique structure, with its one-foot thick concrete walls, boasted 45 arches on three sides, the building provided a cooling shelter from the . . . — Map (db m51859) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Trona — 134 — Epsom Salts Monorail
In 1917 a deposit of Epsom salts was discovered near the old Wingate Wash Borax Road at the southern end of Death Valley. In 1919 the claims were acquired by Los Angeles florist Thomas Wright. Although close to an existing road, Wright devised other . . . — Map (db m78525) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Trona — 101 — John & Dennis Searles Wagon Routes1875 - 1895
This monument commemorates two wagon routes used by the Searles brothers to haul borax from their plant on Borax Lake (now Searles Lake) to the railhead at Mojave. The southern route traveled west of the Trona Pinnacles to Searles' freight station . . . — Map (db m78554) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Trona — 774 — Searles Lake Borax Discovery
Borax was discovered on the nearby surface of Searles Lake by John Searles in 1862. With his bother, Dennis he formed the San Bernardino Borax Mining Company in 1873 and operated it until 1897. These chemicals in Searles Lake which include borax, . . . — Map (db m50241) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Trona — Welcome to the Trona Pinnacles... a National Natural Landmark
Rising from the bottom of what was once an ancient lakebed, the Trona Pinnacles represent one of the most unique geologic landscapes in the California Desert. Over 500 of these tufa or calcium carbonate spires are spread out over a 14 square mile . . . — Map (db m50221) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Twentynine Palms — 23 — Minerva Hamilton Hoyt
Her tireless efforts to establish Joshua Tree National Monument contributed to a heightened appreciation, not only of the Joshua Tree, but of the total desert environment. — Map (db m78588) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Twentynine Palms-Morongo Valley — 118 — Old Woman Springs Ranch
This area of Lucern Valley became known as Old Woman Springs when a government survey party discovered a number of Indian women camping here in 1856. The original water source, now called Cottonwood Springs, is directly in front of you. In 1907 . . . — Map (db m78538) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Upland — George Chaffey, Jr.1848–1932
Man of Vision Land, Water and Power Father of The Model Colony Sponsored by Upland Sister Cities Association. Upland's Sister City Mildura, Australia, was founded by George and W.B. Chaffey. John Edward Svenson, FNSS . . . — Map (db m168) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Upland — 1028 — Madonna of the Trail
(South Face) N.S.D.A.R. Memorial to the Pioneer Mothers of the Covered Wagon Days. (East Face) This trail, trod by the Padres in Spanish Days, became, under Mexican rule, the road connecting Los Angeles, later the American Post Road. . . . — Map (db m162) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Victorville — 142 — Emma Jean's
Emma Jean's Holland Burger Cafe a Route 66 icon has been serving up meals to locals and hungry travelers on the highway since 1947. The building was built by Bob and Kate Holland from cinder blocks manufactured at the old fiber tile plant located . . . — Map (db m78518) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Victorville — 150 — Lane's Crossing
Since ancient times, indigenous peoples have used the many networks of trails in the East Mojave Desert for both seasonal migration and to carry on trade with coastal Indians. Most of these trails converged at narrow passes and safe river crossings. . . . — Map (db m73550) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Victorville — Mojave River Crossing
From pre historic times thru the 1800s, here was the main crossing of the old Indian Mojave Trail. Padre Garces (1776), Jedediah Smith (1826-27), Kit Carson (1840s) crossed here. Westward immigrants, Mormons, Army camels and Mule trains (1850s) also . . . — Map (db m73472) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Victorville — Mormon Springs
In the 1860's, fresh water springs in this area were developed by Mormon freighters making the springs and surrounding cottonwood trees a popular campsite. — Map (db m63945) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Victorville — Old Town Victorville Veterans MemorialCity of Victorville
We Remember That smile, that twinkle or tear in your eye, that laugh; We remember when you were growing up on the streets, the grocery stores, the soda fountains, pharmacies and shops; We remember When you attended our . . . — Map (db m63923) WM
California (San Bernardino County), Vidal — 108 — Earp CottageVidal, California
Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp 1848 – 1929 Josephine Sarah Marcus Earp 1861 – 1944 Earp Cottage Vidal, California The legendary lawman, gun-fighter, gambler, businessman and miner along with his wife, Josephine, inhabited . . . — Map (db m78548) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Vidal — 153 — Granite Divisional CampCamp Granite — Desert Training Center, California-Arizona Maneuver Area
Camp Granite was established at this site in the spring of 1942. It was one of fifteen such camps built in the southwestern deserts to harden and train United States troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. The Desert Training Center . . . — Map (db m83038) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Vidal — 151 — Iron Mountain Divisional CampDesert Training Center — California-Arizona Maneuver Area
Iron Mountain divisional camp was established at this site in the spring of 1942. One of eleven such camps built in the California-Arizona desert to harden and train United States troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. The first . . . — Map (db m77424) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Vidal — 63 — Rice Divisional CampCamp Rice — Desert Training Center, California-Arizona Maneuver Area
Camp Rice was established at this site in the spring of 1942. It was one of twelve such camps built in the southwestern deserts to harden and train United States troops for service on the battlefields of World War II. The Desert Training Center was . . . — Map (db m78576) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Yermo — Calico Lives Again1881
Under the auspices of Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, Calif. Buildings shall be rebuilt on their original sites. Walter Knott is dedicating Calico Ghost Town to the memory of the heroic silver miners who lived and toiled here. The . . . — Map (db m10576) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Yermo — Calico’s School House
Calico’s original school house was built in 1885, at this location above the town. What you are seeing here is a replica, built in the early 1950’s. Old photographs were used in order to match the architecture as closely as possible, however this . . . — Map (db m13073) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Yermo — 56 — Lucy Bell Lane
Calico’s most distinguished and long time resident was Lucy Bell Lane (1874-1967). Known at one time as the “Queen of Calico”, Lucy lived at Calico for nearly 67 years. Of her many gifts, she is most remembered for her warm hospitality . . . — Map (db m78579) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Yermo — 782 — Town of Calico
Centered about the “Town of Calico”, The Calico Mining District, which had a peak population of 3,000, produced between $13 and $20 million in silver and $9 million in borate minerals between 1881 and 1907. On April 6, 1881, several . . . — Map (db m10573) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Yucaipa — 528 — Yucaipa Adobe
Consructed in 1842 by Diego Sepulveda, nephew of Antonio Maria Lugo, this is believed to be the oldest house in San Bernardino County. The land, formerly controlled by San Gabriel Mission, was part of Rancho San Bernardino, granted to the Lugos in . . . — Map (db m51018) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Yucaipa — 620 — Yucaipa Rancheria
Yucaipa Valley suported a large population of Serrano Indians. The fertile valley was watered by springs and creeks. The Indians called this area "Yucaipat" which meant "wet lands." These Native Americans lived at this village site most of the year, . . . — Map (db m50684) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Yucca Valley — 109 — Warren's Well
Warren's Well marks the beginning of the town of Yucca Valley. Mark "Chuck" Warren drove freight wagons through the vally and settled here about 1880. In 1881 he hand-dug the well and later built a windmill, water trough, barn and a small cabin. . . . — Map (db m78547) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Zzyzx — A Lost Lake
The dry lake bed before you was once part of ancient Lake Mojave. During the last ice age, a cooler and wetter climate produced the Mojave River. It flowed inland about 150 miles from the San Bernardino Mountains, until its waters became trapped . . . — Map (db m83467) HM
California (San Bernardino County), Zzyzx — A Traveler's Rest
The waters here at Soda Springs have sustained people of many cultures for thousands of years. Nomadic Chemehuevi people and the agrarian Mohave Indians visited these springs during hunting, gathering, and trading trips through the area. Their . . . — Map (db m83465) HM

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