Upland in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Ontario and San Antonio Heights Railroad
William G. Kerckhoff - Pioneer in hydroelectric power generation
In 1888 the Ontario & San Antonio Heights Railroad Co. laid tracks in the center of Euclid Avenue from California Street to the San Antonio Heights. A team of mules would pull the trolley up hill, and ride down the hill in a trailer.
By 1895 the Ontario Electric Company had organized and commenced to convert the trolleys to electricity.
Sometime prior to 1902 William G. Kerckhoff purchased this troubled Ontario Electric Company and in 1906 Kerckhoff's company purchased a large parcel of land for the purpose of subdividing the land for houses. A park was included and trolley service was to be extended to the park. This fieldstone Waiting Station was offered as a convenience to the patrons of the trolley services.
In 1911 this rail trolley company extended service to Claremont and Pomona from Ontario and Upland on an hourly schedule until 11 p.m.
On March 19, 1912, the Pacific Electric Co. purchased the O. & S.H. Railroad Company. This 15 acre park was transferred to the City of Upland in February 1925
The mural inside represents the many accomplishments of William G. Kerckhoff; He never failed and his word was his bond.
National Register of Historic Places (12000813), September 25, 2012
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1925.
Location. 34° 9.11′ N, 117° 40.241′ W. Marker is in Upland, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is at the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Mountain Lane, on the left when traveling north on Mountain Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2393 North Mountain Avenue, Upland CA 91784, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madonna of the Trail (approx. 3.3 miles away); Cahuilla Park (approx. 3.8 miles away); George Chaffey, Jr. (approx. 3.8 miles away); City of Upland History (approx. 3.8 miles away); Veterans' Monument Project (approx. 3.8 miles away); Upland Public Library (approx. 3.8 miles away); San Antonio Hospital History (approx. 3.8 miles away); G.P. Ledig House (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upland.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. — The original Mule Car, on Euclid Ave.
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