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

City of Upland History

City of Upland History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Levi Gonzale, May 13, 2020
1. City of Upland History Marker
Inscription.  A trolley line in the broad, tree-lined median of Euclid Avenue connected Upland to Ontario. The trolley was pulled by a mule, which then climbed aboard an attached trailer for the ride back down. The mule drawn street-cars were a hit and the citrus industry was bringing wealth and families to the area in droves. The population was growing, and families were starting to settle not only in Ontario, but in North Ontario as well. Citrus was a growing industry in both areas, but the residents of North Ontario wanted to find a way to differentiate between the fruit of the two areas. One resident, Charles D. Adams, owner of the Ontario Fruit Exchange, proposed creating a new citrus association called the Upland Citrus Association. He chose the name Upland knowing that "fruit produced at higher altitudes was usually of better quality". Hence, fruit grown "up land" would pass on that connotation. When business efforts started to fail in the late 1880's and the Magnolia Villa was forced to close, residents hung onto the Upland name. North Ontario was successfully renamed Upland in 1902.

Upland originally was an irrigation colony established
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by George and William Chaffey. When founded, it was a small rural town based on agriculture, specifically citrus fruits.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureIndustry & Commerce.
Location. 34° 5.946′ N, 117° 39.024′ W. Marker is in Upland, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker can be reached from Euclid Avenue, 0.1 miles south of Arrow Route, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located within the Upland Veterans' Plaza between the public library and city hall. Marker is attached to a pole. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 460 North Euclid Avenue, Upland CA 91786, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans' Monument Project (a few steps from this marker); Upland Public Library (a few steps from this marker); San Antonio Hospital History (a few steps from this marker); George Chaffey, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Madonna of the Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away); Armsley Square Historic District (approx. one mile away); College Park Historic District (approx. 1.4 miles away); Olive Mill (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upland.
City of Upland History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, June 12, 2020
2. City of Upland History Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2020, by Levi Gonzalez of Rancho Cucamonga, California. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 134 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 18, 2020, by Levi Gonzalez of Rancho Cucamonga, California.   2. submitted on June 12, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 2, 2023