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Fontana in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Site of U.S. Rabbit Experimental Station

 
 
U.S. Rabbit Experimental Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman
1. U.S. Rabbit Experimental Station Marker
Inscription.  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 successfully pioneered new techniques of rabbit care and breeding until 1965 when the City of Fontana acquired the property for use as a senior citizens facility.
 
Erected 1984 by Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Fontana Historical Society, the City of Fontana, and the Billy Holcomb Chapter , ECV. (Marker Number 950.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureLandmarks. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1928.
 
Location. 34° 6.094′ N, 117° 26.672′ W. Marker is in Fontana, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is at the intersection of Cypress Avenue and Sierra Avenue, on the right when traveling south
Taken From Seville Park image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Beeman
2. Taken From Seville Park
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on Cypress Avenue. The marker is located in front of the Josephine Knopf Senior Citizens Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8384 Cypress Avenue, Fontana CA 92335, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fontana Farms Company (approx. 0.6 miles away); Isle House (approx. 4.8 miles away); Etiwanda School District (approx. 4.9 miles away); Johnston House & "Office" (approx. 4.9 miles away); Frost Brothers General Store (approx. 4.9 miles away); A Tribute to the Rich History of Wine Making in Rancho Cucamonga (approx. 5˝ miles away); Ellena/Regina Winery (Filippi Winery) (approx. 5˝ miles away); Garrett & Co. Winery (Virginia Dare Winery) (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. In the 1920's rabbits were considered the new meat industry in California and also supplied valuable pelts and fertilizer by-products. This registered landmark plaque was first cast with a hole in the middle and had to be sent back for re-casting without a hole. The Josephine Knopf Senior Citizens Center consists of remodeled buildings of the old U.S. Rabbit Station. The Plaque dedication was followed by a Famclamp Picnic at the Jurupa Hill / Marin Tudor Regional Park.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
Also see . . .  U.S. Rabbit Experimental Station. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on September 27, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2006, by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California. This page has been viewed 3,211 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on December 18, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 14, 2006, by Joseph Beeman of Upland, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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