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La Verne in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Lordsburg Townsite

 
 
Lordsburg Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, January 20, 2019
1. Lordsburg Townsite Marker
Inscription.  
This transportation kiosk salutes the past and future role of transportation in shaping the city of La Verne.

Founded by entrepreneur Isaac W. Lord in 1887 as one of a string of boom towns platted along the Santa Fe railway, the township of Lordsburg included this site.

The boom town failed, but Lordsburg was saved by members of the Church of the Brethren who bought the Lordsburg Hotel and 100 city lots, opening Lordsburg College (now University of La Verne) in 1891. Renamed La Verne in 1917, the settlement flourished in the 1920's as a major shipping point for oranges from its five citrus packing houses.

The city's main streets and highways parallel the footpaths made by Native Americans. Later, the same paths were traveled by padres on their mules from the San Gabriel Mission, and by Spanish and Mexican land grant families who followed the trail on horseback and two-wheeled oxcarts. Wagon trains carried goods from the harbor to the Mormon settlement at San Bernardino, and a stage coach made daily runs by 1855. The Pacific Electric Railroad reached La Verne in 1912, providing commuter and freight service.

Lordsburg Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, January 20, 2019
2. Lordsburg Townsite Marker
Trains eventually gave way to autos and trucks, and late 20th century technology brought modern freeways to La Verme's doorstep.

Today, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority oversees Los Angeles County commuter transport. A new era has begun which emphasizes the importance of trains, buses, vans, car pools, bicycles, and telecommuting as transportation alternatives for the 21st century. This kiosk is here to provide information on transportation options available to La Verne residents.

Prepared with the assistance of Evelyn Hollinger, City Historian.
 
Location. 34° 6.083′ N, 117° 46.178′ W. Marker is in La Verne, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Bonita Avenue and D Street, on the right when traveling east on Bonita Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2106 Bonita Ave, La Verne CA 91750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Haugh Residence (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); La Casa de Carrion (approx. 1.1 miles away); Pomona Assembly Center (approx. 1.4 miles away); La Cienega, Mud Springs, Birthplace of San Dimas (was approx. 1.7 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Adobe de Palomares
Lordsburg Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, January 20, 2019
3. Lordsburg Townsite Marker
(approx. 1.7 miles away); La Casa Primera (approx. 2 miles away); Casa Alvarado (approx. 2.1 miles away); San Dimas Hotel (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Verne.
 
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Nearby Mural image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, January 20, 2019
4. Nearby Mural
<i>Lordsburg Pacific Electric station</i> image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of the Security Pacific National Bank Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, 1922
5. Lordsburg Pacific Electric station
Compare with the illustration in the upper right corner of Photo #2.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 21, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   5. submitted on January 22, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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