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Chiriaco Summit in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Chiriaco Family

 
 
The Chiriaco Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 13, 2011
1. The Chiriaco Family Marker
Inscription. Joseph L. Chiriaco came to California from Alabama in 1925. His work as a surveyor for the Los Angeles Bureau of Water and Power and later for the Metropolitan Water District on the Colorado River aqueduct, begun in 1931, brought him to the desert area known as Shaver Summit. He established a gas station and general store here in 1933, the same year that the paved highway, U.S. 60, replaced the gravel road from Indio to Phoenix. In 1934 he married Ruth E. Bergseid, a registered nurse, and they raised their family at Chiriaco Summit. In 1942 General George S. Patton established the Desert Training Center, headquartered at nearby Camp Young. In 1945 the Chiriaco family built a memorial to Patton and his men which has since grown into a full-scale museum. In 1958 the U.S. Post Office was established here and the name of the area changed to Chiriaco Summit. Joe and Ruth Chiriaco, true pioneer spirits, passed away within months of each other in the spring of 1996. Their life work, serving the traveling public, continues today through their children.
 
Erected 2003 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 113.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 33° 
The Chiriaco Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 13, 2011
2. The Chiriaco Family Marker
39.665′ N, 115° 43.274′ W. Marker is in Chiriaco Summit, California, in Riverside County. Marker is on Chiriaco Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in front of the Chiriaco family home on the west side of the restaurant. The General Patton Memorial Museum is to the west and the Chiriaco Airstrip is to the east. Marker is at or near this postal address: 62450 Chiriaco Road, Indio CA 92201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Contractors General Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Romero Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); Catapults (within shouting distance of this marker); Scythed Chariots (within shouting distance of this marker); Cannons (within shouting distance of this marker); 33-barreled Organs (within shouting distance of this marker); California-Arizona Maneuver Area (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Desert Training Center (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chiriaco Summit.
 
Regarding The Chiriaco Family. [Chiriaco Summit]
Little did Joseph Chiriaco know what was in store for him in the desert of California when he moved here from Alabama in 1925. When General Patton moved into the Camp Young area he paid the Chiriaco
Ruth and Joe Chiriaco image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 13, 2011
3. Ruth and Joe Chiriaco
family for land taken as well as land used. Shaver's Summit became Chiriaco Summit officially in 1977 to avoid confusion between the two names. Joseph Chiriaco's store/restaurant/gas station serve the public to this day. SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway

[Romero Pass]
Shaver's Summit was renamed Chiriaco Summit after Joseph L. Chiriaco established a gas station and store in 1934. Joseph Chiriaco first came to the desert as a surveyor for the future route of the Colorado River Aqueduct. When General Patton chose this area as his W.W. II training headquarters the Chiriaco business flourished. In the early 1820's Captain Jose Romero and a body of soldiers traveled from Mission San Gabriel to Sonora, Mexico in an unsuccessful attempt to open a land route through San Gorgonio Pass to Tucson. Later the Bradshaw trail followed Indian trails through the pass. SOURCE: Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069 35th Anniversary Plaque Book by Phillip Holdaway
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
The Chiriaco Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 16, 2012
4. The Chiriaco Family Marker
US Postal Cancellation image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 13, 2011
5. US Postal Cancellation
Romero Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 1, 2010
6. Romero Pass Marker
Romero Pass
Bradshaw - Grant Pass
California - Arizona Route 1824
E Clampus Vitus
Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069
1972
Romero Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 1, 2010
7. Romero Pass Marker
Marker is off the south and eastern edge of the General Patton Memorial Museum parking lot in a small cactus and palm tree garden.
A Wagon Display image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 1, 2010
8. A Wagon Display
A Wagon Display image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 1, 2010
9. A Wagon Display
The Chiriaco Summit Times image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig
10. The Chiriaco Summit Times
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 564 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1. submitted on December 20, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   2, 3. submitted on December 25, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   4. submitted on December 24, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   5. submitted on December 23, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on December 26, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   10. submitted on March 31, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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