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Near Lytle Creek in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Lytle Creek Canyon

 
 
Lytle Creek Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By "Turbo" Dave Hicks, December 8, 2013
1. Lytle Creek Canyon Marker
Inscription.  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 town of San Bernardino, where he later served as mayor. The canyon contains the North, Middle, and South Forks of Lytle Creek, a major tributary of the Santa Ana River. It also is home to Bonita Falls, which consists of three separate drops, making it the second highest cataract in Southern CA. Just east of here is the San Andreas Fault, where a major earthquake occurred in 1857.

The earliest recorded visitors to the canyon were Serrano Indians who lived nearby. During the Mission Period (1771-1846), the area was home to vast Spanish and Mexican Land Grants. Mormon Colonists camped at the mouth of the canyon in 1851 while negotiating to purchase a site for the City of San Bernardino, which was a Mormon Colony until the settlers were called home to Salt Lake City in 1857. In the 1860s gold was discovered in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino ranges, resulting in an influx of miners. Tremendous
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By Michael Kindig, December 8, 2013
2. Lytle Creek Canyon Marker
floods ravaged the canyon in 1862 and again in 1938. Today Lytle Creek Canyon is home to the historic communities of Scotland, Happy Jack, and Tally's. The 2010 Census showed a total population of 701.

Monument erected October 13, 2013 by the Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, in cooperation with the United States Forest Service
 
Erected 2013 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus, United States Forest Service. (Marker Number 147.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Mormon Battalion series lists.
 
Location. 34° 14.034′ N, 117° 28.771′ W. Marker is near Lytle Creek, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is on Lytle Creek Road, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in front of the Lytle Creek Ranger Station. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lytle Creek CA 92358, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blue Cut (approx. 2˝ miles away); Pioneer Women (approx. 4.3 miles away); Sycamore Grove (approx. 4˝ miles away); Mormon Pioneer Trail (approx. 4.8
Lytle Creek Ranger Station image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, December 8, 2013
3. Lytle Creek Ranger Station
miles away); Stoddard-Waite Monument (approx. 4.9 miles away); Santa Fe and Salt Lake Trail (approx. 5.1 miles away); Garces-Smith Monument (approx. 7.3 miles away); Frost Brothers General Store (approx. 7.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Find a Grave Memorial - Andrew Lytle. Burial site at Pioneer Memorial Cemetery. (Submitted on April 2, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
 
Dedication Patch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 11, 2013
4. Dedication Patch
Wanderin' Lytle Creek
Billy Holcomb 1069
ECV Fall Doins 6018
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 826 times since then and 65 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4. submitted on May 7, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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