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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hesperia, California

 
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Location of Hesperia, California
    San Bernardino County (246)
    Inyo County (97)
    Kern County (309)
    Los Angeles County (914)
    Orange County (195)
    Riverside County (110)
    La Paz County, Arizona (33)
    Mohave County, Arizona (90)
    Clark County, Nevada (175)
 
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1California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 7 — Atongai Indian VillageOldest Known Settlement in Hesperia — Prehistoric —
A prehistoric Indian village called Atongai once existed here. In 1776, famed Padre Garces visited this settlement, where in 1819 mission native converts began building a place for Christian worship. Their efforts failed when they were killed . . . Map (db m166604) HM
2California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 9 — Elliot Ranch1927
Elliot Ranch is just south of this point, in Little Horse Thief Canyon. It is the thirty acre homestead of William and Lena Elliot built in 1927. The family with eight children truly lived frontier lives in wilderness surroundings. . . . Map (db m166295) HM
3California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 3a — Hesperia Hotel1887 - 1961
A three story, world famous brick hotel stood here for 74 years. It was the region's finest building for years, and had hot and cold water on each floor plus a toilet.Map (db m166544) HM
4California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — Hesperia Hotel Granite Stones
These three granite stones were part of the foundation of possibly the High Deserts’ greatest landmark. The Hesperia Hotel was built in the late 1880's. This magnificent Hotel stood as a skyscraper at the corner of Hesperia Road and Spruce for . . . Map (db m166538) HM
5California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 3b — Hesperia Train Station1887 - 1952
A 15 foot by 20 foot, wooden, moveable station once stood directly across Hesperia Road from here. A 12 foot by 12 foot jail was built alongside. In the beginning, the California Southern Railroad used Hesperia for a stopping point.Map (db m166550) HM
6California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 6 — Hesperia’s Original Water Source1886
In 1886, a rock monument was placed near here by the Hesperia Land and Water Company. Required by law, the monument gave notice that 5,000 miners inches of water per minute was to be taken from this point for use in Hesperia, enough water . . . Map (db m166568) HM
7California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 15 — Holcomb Valley Road1861
A free, graded road crossed here, running from Holcomb Valley to join the Brown Toll Road through the Cajon Pass. Citizens of Belleville raised $1,500 in 1861 to hire Jed Van Duzen, a local blacksmith, to build this road.Map (db m166290) HM
8California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 5 — John Brown Road at The Mojave Trail1870 and Prehistoric
In 1848, a detour branched off the ancient Mojave Trail (parallels Choiceana Avenue) going west to Cajon's old summit. In 1870, road maker John Brown enlarged the detour which with time became a major thoroughfare. Padre Garces, Jed Smith, Kit . . . Map (db m166560) HM
9California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 4 — John Brown Road CrossingAt Main Street — 1870 —
In 1870, road builder John A. Brown upgraded a small path into a road ten miles in length. Running between Cajon's old summit and the prehistoric Mojave Trail, it passed through Hesperia diagonally crossing today's Main Street in the . . . Map (db m166640) HM
10California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 1 — Las Flores Ranch / Mojave Trail
[This is a four sided monument with four different markers:] Side A: Las Flores Ranch Near this spot on March 25, 1866, Edwin Parrish, Nephi Bemis and Pratt Whiteside, young cowboys employed on this ranch, were ambushed, . . . Map (db m166670) HM
11California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — Las Flores Ranch Barn
Largest old barn in Southern California. Erected in 1872 by ranch owners, Amos P. Houlton and James F. Houghton, with lumber cut and transported from Sawpit Canyon by oxen.Map (db m166669) HM
12California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 10 — Miller’s Corner1920's
Miller's Corner was created when State Highway 31-C bypassed downtown Hesperia. This corner received its name from an auto mechanic named Miller who in 1923 opened a garage here. 1930 saw a large national airport built immediately south . . . Map (db m166535) HM
13California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 14 — Mojave Indian Trail / Hesperia Lakes
Mojave Indian Trail Over 12,000 years ago the Anasazi people originally used the trail. In prehistoric times, the trail was used as a trade route to the sea. South of this area also lies the Vanyume village of Atongai, long extinct. . . . Map (db m166638) HM
14California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 1 — Old School HouseHesperia’s First School — 1883 - 1957 —
This is the oldest existing building in the city. On the first day of school, 23 students were on hand. For the next 74 years, the school continued to grow. With one teacher and first through eighth grades all in one room, this frontier . . . Map (db m166555) HM
15California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 11 — Original Hesperia Beginnings1850’s
In 1850, a man named Hanbrier erected the first commercial building in Topipa, Hesperia‘s original Indian name. A major road passed this general store leading to and from Cajon’s old summit. Homesteaders settled close by, but years of drought drove . . . Map (db m166668) HM
16California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 12 — Original Water Supply Ditch1880’s
Life giving water, urgently needed in growing Hesperia, first arrived at this place in 1886. Flumes, pipe, and ditches transported it seven miles from high in the San Bernardino Mountains. By the 1950's, Hesperia's water came from wells . . . Map (db m166556) HM
17California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 13 — Rolar’s “66” Gas Station1940’s
This was as close as Hesperia got to Route 66. In 1940, Leroy and Della Rolar opened a service station-cafe on this property to help serve increasing motorists' needs along Route 66. State Highway 31-C became U.S. Route 66 in 1928. Actually . . . Map (db m166730) HM
18California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 8 — Summit Train Station1880’s
The station was first named in 1887. This important railroad center began its decline in 1967 and no longer exists. Here, for over half a century, mighty steam engines thundered by in their battle to cross the menacing Cajon Pass. A . . . Map (db m166292) HM
19California (San Bernardino County), Hesperia — 2 — Walters Store & HouseBuilt in 1915
Walters Store is the oldest existing business building in the city. It started out as a general merchandise store. Here, young Hesperia purchased its needs as did motorists who passed by for nine years using the National Old Trails Road.Map (db m166554) HM
 
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