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Near Corona in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Serrano Tanning Vats

 
 
Serrano Tanning Vats Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sharon N. Goodman, circa February 2010
1. Serrano Tanning Vats Marker
Inscription. Nearby, two vats were built in 1819 by the Luiseño Indians under the direction of Leandro Serrano, first non-Indian settler in what is now Riverside County. The vats were used in making leather from cow hides. In 1981 the vats were restored and placed here by the Billy Holcomb Chapter of E Clampus Vitus.
 
Erected 1981 by State Department of Parks & Recreation, Temescal Water Company Hydro Conduit Corp., Glen Ivy Hot Springs, Phil Porretta family and Billy Holcomb Chapter of E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 186.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 33° 46.683′ N, 117° 29.157′ W. Marker is near Corona, California, in Riverside County. Marker is on Temescal Canyon Road near Interstate 15, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The restoration of the tanning vats is about 8 miles south of Corona in Temescal Canyon. Exit I-15 at Temescal Canyon Road. On the east side of the freeway, about 150 feet south of the road, is a clearing with the vats and the plaque. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23255 Temescal Canyon Road, Corona CA 92883, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
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By Michael Kindig, September 11, 2010
2. Serrano Tanning Vats Marker
flies. Tanning Vat (here, next to this marker); Site of Third Serrano Adobe (a few steps from this marker); Old Temescal Road (approx. one mile away); Site of Butterfield Stage Station (approx. 2.9 miles away); Silverado (approx. 6 miles away); Corona Historic Preservation Society (approx. 7 miles away); Corona Founders (approx. 7.8 miles away); Death of the California Grizzly (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corona.
 
More about this marker. It was mainly through the efforts and research of Phil Porretta, XNGH-1987 that the Chapter has erected the California Registered Historical Landmark Plaques at this site. Near the plaques is a marker made by the Boy Scouts of America in 1962. Their marker was remounted as part of our restoration. The most notable tanning vats measured about 7' by 8' by 3' deep and about 6' by 6' by 2' deep. These vats were restored and their authenticity as artifacts verified by a staff member of the Southwest Museum.
SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
Regarding Serrano Tanning Vats. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.186 on June 20, 1935.
 
Also see . . .
Boy Scouts of America Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, http://www
3. Boy Scouts of America Marker

1. Tanning Vats. Displaying photos of the vats in addition to the markers. (Submitted on March 16, 2010.) 

2. The Serrano Tanning Vats. (Submitted on March 16, 2010.)
 
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Boy Scouts of America Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, September 11, 2010
4. Boy Scouts of America Marker
Boy Scouts of America Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, September 11, 2010
5. Boy Scouts of America Marker
Serrano Tanning Vats Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, September 11, 2010
6. Serrano Tanning Vats Marker
Serrano Tanning Vat image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 29, 2015
7. Serrano Tanning Vat
Serrano Tanning Vat Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 29, 2015
8. Serrano Tanning Vat Markers
Serrano Tanning Vats (far left), Tanning Vat (center), and Site of Third Serrano Adobe (right)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2010, by Sharon N. Goodman of Round Rock, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,195 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on December 18, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1. submitted on March 14, 2010, by Sharon N. Goodman of Round Rock, Texas.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 18, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   7, 8. submitted on April 5, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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