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The Inland Empire and

San Bernardino County*

Under construction-Last updated 7/11/97

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Places to Eat: Places to Go:
Rosa Maria's Drivein, 4202 N Sierra Way, SB for fantastic burritos (try the "garbage"). Call 881-1731 San Bernardino CountyMuseum, 2024 Orange Tree Lane,Redlands
Rosa Maria's Restaurant, 7275 Boulder Avenue,Highland, 862-5762 Agua Mansa Cemetery & Museum, 2001 W Agua Mansa Rd, Colton
El Burrito Drivein, Baseline & H, SB (different taste than Rosa's, still delicious, especially the "special" burrito)
Marie Callendar's Restaurant, 800 E. Highland, SB, 882-1754
The Mediterranean Restaurant, 1300 E. Highland, SB, 882-2505. Good breakfasts, WONDERFUL cinnamon rolls.
Two Guys, 2566 E. Highland, SB, 862-7700. Delicious Italian food and GOOD pizza, there or to go. Nice new patio.

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A summary of San Bernardino History:

Indian sites dating from 10,000 BC show that Indians have been here for at least 12,000 years. Calico findings suggest much earlier human habitation, but have not been proven. The Serranos lived in our foothills. The first Spaniards arrived in the 1770's and the Franciscan missionary Francisco Dumatz named this valley "San Bernardino". In 1842 the Lugo received their grant of 37,000 acres. In 1851 the Mormons purchased the land from the Lugos. Our orange industry began in 1857 when 3 trees were planted; by 1882 oranges and lemons were being shipped to Denver. The wine industry on the West side started as early as 1840 in Cucamonga. California became a state in 1850 and became the County seat in 1854. San Bernardino County was created in 1853 from parts of Los Angeles, San Diego and Mariposa Counties. Our County Medical Center was founded in 1862. The Mormons first noticed our valley when some of their solders were stationed at Sycamore Grove at the mouth of Cajon Pass, in 1847. In 1851 three groups of 50 families began the trek from Utah. They discovered the Lugos had built an adobe at Third and Arrowhead (present) Streets, so they made this area their new city. Henry Washington surveyed the base line for Southern California, using as their target the peak of Mt. San Bernardino. The town extended from 1st to Tenth St. and from Sierra Way to I St. In 1854 two schools were built on Fourth St. near Arrowhead. A sign now marks this spot. There was a shortage of wood and most of the houses were built of adobe, most washing away in the great flood of 1862. One remains at 527 N.Mt. View Ave. Many of the Mormons were called back in 1857,but some stayed and other people gradually moved into San Bernardino. Disputes between these "independents" and the Mormons were frequent and sometimes bloody. In the 1860's the Indians tried to drive the settlers out of the mountain areas but were repelled after a battle at Little Bear Valley (Lake Arrowhead). You can find many names of early Mormon families on tombstones in Pioneer Cemetery and on the Sexton's list at Feldhym Public Library. The first burial ground of the Mormons was discovered in 1990 in Seccombe Lake State Park across 7th St. from Pioneer Cemetery. No one could be identified and they were reburied in Pioneer Cemetery, where a plaque commemorates them. There is another early cemetery located at Agua Mansa in Colton.

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