ESTABLISHED 1980
Our goal is to foster an awareness of the history in the Highland/East Highland area of San Bernardino County in Southern California, and to expand the involvement of the public in collecting artifacts and preserving local history.

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Upcoming meetings and events

Meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the 4th. Thursday of Jan, March, May, July, & Sept. The *November meeting will be held the third Thursday of November because of Thanksgiving.

Meeting dates for 2017:
*Nov. 16

Meeting dates for 2018:
Jan. 25
March 22
May 24
July 26
Sept. 27
*Nov. 15

Meetings are held at the
Highland Senior Center,
3102 E. Highland Avenue
and are free and open to the public.





Our programs are free and open to the public. They are held 7:00pm at the Highland Senior Center, 3102 Highland Ave. Patton, CA 92369

The *November meeting will be held the third Thursday of November because of Thanksgiving.
Highland Area Historical Society meeting
Thursday *November 16, 2017
7:00pm at the
Highland Senior Center
3102 Highland Ave.
Patton, CA 92369

Program:

The *November meeting will be held the third Thursday of November because of Thanksgiving on the normal meeting time of the fourth Thursday.

Most residents of Highland and many from the surrounding area know or have heard of Cram Elementary School, but how much do we know about the pioneer family the school is named for?

At the Thursday November 16th meeting of the Highland Area Historical Society, we will hear from our speaker Tom Hooker about his extensive research of how the Cram Family came from woods of Illinois to the area that would become Highland.

Tom will be sharing insights from the Journal of John Cleminson into the 1851 – 1858 wagon train trip across the wilds of the South West Desert and the rigors of the journey. The Crams arrived in San Diego by covered wagon in 1852, but it took until 1858 to work their way and wagons to Highland.


Please plan to attend and bring your family and friends.

There will be light refreshments following the meeting.

Everyone is welcome.



Highland Area Historical Society meeting
Thursday January 25, 2018
7:00pm at the
Highland Senior Center
3102 Highland Ave.
Patton, CA 92369

Program: TBA



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A Pictorial History of Highland, by Bill Calvert

Contents
Before Highland... The Serranos Page 1
Messina Page 9
Highland Views Page 13
Highland Business District Page 23
East Highlands Page 57
Churches Page 65
Schools Page 73
Trains, Street Cars & Depots Page 81
Home Sweet Home Page 91
Packing Houses Page 123
Harlem Springs Page 149
Molino Page 153
Patton Page 157
City Creek Road Page 163
Fredlaba Page 173
Highland Faces Page 185
Annexation vs Cityhood Page 195
More EL Rancho Page 204
To order:
Nancy Alexander at 909-862-7868
Click to enlarge A Pictorial History of Highland A Pictorial
History of Highland
,
by Bill Calvert

 


Bill Calvert has been collecting Highland photos and artifacts for 25 years. An idea began to take shape to chronicle the history of Highland from its early days, when it was known as Messina, to 1987 when Highland was incorporated as a city, through the use of photographs.

The late Kay Beattie, who wrote the Looking Back articles for the Highland Community News, was to collaborate with Bill on this project, but it became too much for her. With her encouragement, Bill pressed on with the project.

The Historical Society offered to “self-publish” this one-of-a-kind book consisting of 207 pages of photos and historical narrative.

Copies of A Pictorial History of Highland, by Bill Calvert
and A Look Back... By Kay Beattie Vol.1 are available at:

The Highland Area Chamber of Commerce
Stop by their office M-TH 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
27255 Messina St., Highland, CA 92346
Phone (909) 864-4073
Fax (909) 864-4583



Resent Meetings And Events.
See more on our Past Speakers and Events page.


The Highland Area Historical Society had a booth at:

Discover Highland Night

Date: Saturday October 28, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Highland Crossing Shopping Center/Lowe's
Address: 27847 Greenspot Rd., Highland



Highland Area Historical Society meeting
Thursday September 28, 2017
7:00pm at the
Highland Senior Center
3102 Highland Ave.
Patton, CA 92369

Program - Highland Area Historical Society Treasurer and past State President of the Native Sons of the Golden West talked about the historical significance of “(September 9)” and why Highlanders and all Californians need to become more knowledgeable of this highly important, yet often overlooked holiday.



Highland Area Historical Society meeting
Thursday July 27, 2017
7:00pm at the
Highland Senior Center
3102 Highland Ave.
Patton, CA 92369

Jasmine Orozco, Education Coordinator at the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD).

The IERCD is a local public agency that encourages environmental stewardship within the community through various educational programs.

The program was devoted to promoting water conservation and public education on water issues, informing residents and businesses about water-use efficiency.

The presentation featured a PowerPoint on water use efficiency, water conservation, and California native plants.

These programs are funded by San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District.

There was a native plant raffle for attendees.



Highland Area Historical Society meeting
Thursday May 25, 2017
7:00pm at the
Highland Senior Center
3102 Highland Ave.
Patton, CA 92369



Program: "Minorities involved in citrus industry"

Graduate students Megan Suster and Steven Moreno-Terrill presented a program on “Minorities Involved in the Citrus Industry”

Suster, a doctoral candidate at UCR, has worked at the California Citrus State Historic Park for a year as a program coordinator and is now the public humanities fellow for the California State Parks Relevancy and History Project.

She is interested in recording the history of minority participation in the local citrus industry and will bring a PowerPoint program of her discoveries.

Moreno-Terrill is a graduate student at UCR studying Chicano/Latino history.

He was recently a Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies fellow and has studied segregated Mexican-American education in the Inland Empire. He wants to study the Bracero Program that occupied Cone Camp in the Mill Creek wash from 1942 to 1975.

Highland was the focal point of the citrus industry in the area and employed Native Americans, Chinese, Koreans and Japanese and, in the 1920s, immigrant laborers from the Philippines.

People who can provide historical information about minority involvement in the citrus industry are especially invited to attend.


The City of Highland - Citrus Harvest Festival
Info. - (909) 864-8732, ext 204

    The 21th Annual Highland Citrus Harvest Festival

    Date: SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017
    Time:10:00am - 3:30pm
    Location: Highland Historic District
    Address: Palm Ave between Fisher St and Pacific Street
    Higkland, CA 92346

    2017 Citrus Harvest Festival

    Despite earlier predictions of rain, the 21st annual Citrus Harvest Festival was held Saturday, March 25, on a beautifully mild day that invited many to enjoy the day's many historically-themed events and exciting entertainment.

    History and citrus

    Highland Community News photo by Hector Hernandez Jr.
    http://www.highlandnews.net/community/citrus-harvest-festival/collection_e81230b2-1330-11e7-9014-734ca3bac9b3.html

    History and citrus

    Charles Kiel, of the Highland Area Historical Society, invites festival goers to learn more about Highland's history and citrus industry at the society's booth where it sponsored the annual historic costume contest.





    Highland Area Historical Society meeting
    Thursday March 23, 2017
    7:00pm at the
    Highland Senior Center
    3102 Highland Ave.
    Patton, CA 92369


    Program: “Gone but not Forgotten” – People, Places, and Things of Highlands Past
    by Charles Kiel



    Highland Area Historical Society meeting
    Thursday January 26, 2017
    7:00pm at the
    Highland Senior Center
    3102 Highland Ave.
    Patton, CA 92369



    Program:
    Background and history of the City Creek Bridge on Highway 330
    and an update on the upcoming Rail Replacement Project

    by Andy Walters Principal Architectural Historian
    Caltrans District 8

    Last summer the Highland Area Historical Society was contact by Andy Walters, Principal Architectural Historian - Caltrans District 8 regarding fulfilling the historic property mitigation requirements for a Caltrans project to replace the rails on the City Creek bridge and East Fork City Creek bridge on SR-330.

    As required by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Caltrans has consulted with the State Office of Historic Preservation (SHPO) and has determined that the project will have an adverse effect on both bridges, which are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Caltrans has solicited the Highland Area Historical Society’s input in regard to the project.

    As part of the effort to mitigate the adverse effects of the project on the bridges, Caltrans is conducting outreach to interested parties to obtain the best public benefit from the mitigation proposals.

    To that end MR Walters has:

    1. Provided historical information (history, photographs, plans) on SR-330, the City Creek Bridge and East Fork City Creek bridge which is included in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). We have placed a copy of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the Highland Area Historical Society website:
    City-Creek-Bridge-MOA.pdf

    2. MR Walters will provide a presentation on the historical information on SR-330, the City Creek Bridge and East Fork City Creek bridge at the Thursday, January 26th Highland Area Historical Society’s meeting.

    The public is encouraged to come and learn about the history of SR-330 and the City Creek Bridge and East Fork City Creek bridge projects.



    Highland Area Historical Society meeting
    Thursday November 17, 2016
    7:00pm at the
    Highland Senior Center
    3102 Highland Ave.
    Patton, CA 92369



    Program: Marilyn Mills - Heritage Trails Association

    What was happening in The Inland Empire in the 1850's?

    "In the fall of 1851, the San Bernardino Valley was transformed from a Mexican rancho into the largest predominantly Anglo-American settlement in the California southland..." according to Marilyn Mills of the Heritage Trails Association.

    Marilyn will be the speaker at the Highland Area Historical Society meeting on Thursday November 17, 2016

    She presented a power point that told the story of the first colonists to settle in California after statehood - their trek, settlement and contributions to Southern California. The presentation also includeed the story with photos of the modern-day re-enactment 150 years later of these pioneers coming to San Bernardino.

    Marilyn has done extensive research, written many articles and given presentations for young and old alike through the years.


    Discover Highland Night
    Date: Saturday October 22, 2016
    Time: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Location: Highland Crossing Shopping Center/Lowe's
    Address: 27847 Greenspot Rd., Highland

    The Highland Area Historical Society had a booth at the:

    Discover Highland Night

    Discover Highland Night



    Saturday, October 15
    The San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society
    3rd annual Historic Tour of Mt. View Cemetery

    On Saturday, October 15 from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM, the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society in conjunction with Mt. View Mortuary and Cemetery held the 3rd annual Historic Tour of Mt. View Cemetery.
    Those attending this fun event were asked to donate $10.00 per individual and $15.00 per couple if they RSVP and send in fee by October 1 and $15.00 per individual and $ 20.00 per couple after that date. For children 12 years old and under, the fee is $5.00.
    Although not mandatory, everyone was encouraged to dress in "1880's through 1920’s" attire.

    All proceeds will contribute as a fundraiser for the San Bernardino Historical Society.

    They had two trams that to accommodate most of the attendees.

    Mt. View Mortuary and Cemetery is located at 570 E. Highland Ave. in San Bernardino.



    Highland Area Historical Society meeting
    Thursday September 22, 2016
    7:00pm at the
    Highland Senior Center
    3102 Highland Ave.
    Patton, CA 92369



    Program: The History and Culture of the Serrano Indians – by “Shorty” - Paakuma' Tawinat

    Paakuma’ Tawinat presented “The History and Culture of the Serrano Indians” at the meeting of the Highland Area Historical Society on September 22.

    Paakuma wtalked about both the traditional and contemporary aspects of Serrano culture, music and way of life.

    Paakuma is a member of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and a cultural presenter working with the San Manuel Education Department to educate the broader community about the Serrano, the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains.



    Highland Area Historical Society meeting
    Thursday May 26, 2016
    7:00pm at the
    Highland Senior Center
    3102 Highland Ave.
    Patton, CA 92369



    Program: “History of Patton State Hospitaland the Patton State Hospital Museum".

    Presented by:Anthony Ortega, senior licensed clinical social worker and hospital historian.

    Anthony talked about the History of Patton State Hospital which was built in 1893 and originally called the “Insane Asylum”. Patton is a major forensic mental hospital operated by the California Department of State Hospitals as well as a major employer in the Inland Empire for over a century.

    Anthony also talked about the Patton State Hospital Museum:
    http://www.dsh.ca.gov/Patton/Museum.aspx

    Anthony arranged to have a private opening of the museum on Sunday May 29th for limited number of our members and guests.

    Highland Citrus Harvest Festival

    March 2016
    Citrus Harvest Festival Baking Contest

    Citrus Harvest Festival

      The 20th Annual Highland Citrus Harvest Festival

      Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016
      Time:10:00am - 3:30pm
      Location: Highland Historic District
      Address: Palm Ave between Fisher St and Pacific Street
      Higkland, CA 92346

      This fun family day will include live entertainment, historic home tour, antique and classic car show, lots of unique vendors and great food!

      Historic artisans will be displaying crafts such as rope making, panning for gold and blacksmithing as well as exhibits of antique farm engines and historic orange crates.

      Kids will have an opportunity to enjoy games and activities and are welcome to enter the annual pie eating contest and get a little messy!

      The Festival will be held from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm in Highland's Historic District located at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Pacific Street.

      To be a vendor, please download the application form.
      To apply for the Car Show, please use this application.
      For more information, please contact Kim Stater at (909) 864-8732, extension 204.

      The Highland Area Historical Society will have a display at the north East corner of Palm Avenue and Main Street.
      Dress in a period costume; have your photo taken at their booth and enter the Costume Contest.



      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday March 24, 2016
      7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave.
      Patton, CA 92369



      Program: “Communities & Museums: Insights from the CSUSB Anthropology Museum.”

      Presented by: Arianna Huhn, Ph.D.
      Director, Anthropology Museum
      Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
      California State University, San Bernardino

      We continued exploring innovative ways of brining the past and present together for the future of our community in Highland.

      At thus program we learned about the Anthropology Museum and the Museum Studies Certificate program at California State University, San Bernardino.

      The CSUSB Anthropology Museum was established in 2000 within the then-new Social and Behavioral Sciences Building. The primary mission of the Anthropology Museum is to serve as a teaching laboratory for Museum Studies Certificate students to gain hands-on experience in collections management, exhibition development and design, curatorial work, and museum administration.

      Dr. Huhn talked about what it takes to put together a museum exhibition. She used the example of the upcoming exhibition at Cal State San Bernardino:

      Re/Collect: Memories of Childhood, Curated by Dr. Arianna Huhn & student Assistant Curators

      This exhibit will display objects saved from childhood, as lent to the Museum from members of the San Bernardino community. These objects will be displayed along with personal stories about what the objects mean to their owners, and what memories they have of the object as a part of their childhood. Visitors will see their own experiences reflected in these stories, and learn about culturally- and biologically-related processes of memory and meaning making. The exhibition will open to the public on Tuesday, May 31st 2016 at 5pm.

      The Highland Area Historical Society is enjoyed learning from Dr. Huhn about the art and science of establishing a museum or “Heritage and Cultural Center” for the community of Highland.



      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday January 28th, 2015
      7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave.
      Patton, CA 92369



      Program: “The History of the Redlands Historical Museum, from the inception to the present”.

      Presented by: Redlands Historical Museum Association past 12-year president - Nelda Stuck.

      Nelda led the search for a museum building in Redlands beginning in 2000 when the Redlands City Council appointed Stuck and Liz Beguelin to form a committee to study the feasibility of creating a historical museum in Redlands.

      Redlands Historical Museum Association recently bought The Redlands Daily Facts newspaper building at 700 Brookside Ave to showcase its growing collection of Redlands-area memorabilia. It will become the museum’s home, where the 2,700 items that the association has collected over the years will be displayed.

      Nelda hopes to see the Redlands museum open within four to five years, depending on fundraising. Among the items likely to be on display are a 1927 grove truck, citrus packing crates, a sign from La Posada, a downtown hotel demolished to make way for the now-closed Redlands Mall, an old Linotype machine from Arthur Commercial Press and a clock from the downtown Santa Fe Railway depot.



      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday December 3rd, 2015
      7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave.
      Patton, CA 92369


      Program: California Christmas Vignettes

      presented by Larry Burgess
      local historian and past director of the Redlands' A.K. Smiley Library




      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday September 24, 2015
      7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave.
      Patton, CA 92369

      Program:


      Program: “Streets of Highland – The Who, What, Where and Why”.
      Presented by Nancy Alexander

      Author of " The History Behind Highland Area Street Names”

      The History Behind Highland Area Street Names

      Books by Nancy Alexander were available after the program:

      The History Behind Highland Area Street Names by Nancy Alexander - $20.00
      A Guide to the Highland Historic District by Nancy Alexander - $12.00

      All Highland Area Historical Society Books are available at The Highland Area Chamber of Commerce:
      Phone (909) 864-4073
      27255 Messina St., Highland, CA 92346


       The 19th Annual Highland Citrus Harvest Festival

      Highland's celebration of its rich citrus heritage

      Date: Saturday March 28, 2015
      Time:10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      Location: Highland Historic District
      Address: Palm Ave between Fisher St and Pacific Street

      CHF logo.jpg

      The Highland Area Historic Society and Highland Area Chamber of Commerce held the Historic Costume Contest and the Citrus Growing Contest at this year’s Highland Citrus Harvest Festival.

      We also brought back Historic District Walking Tour this year.

      For more info on the 19th Annual Citrus Harvest Festival, scheduled for Saturday March 28, 2015 Time:10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

       Visit the Highland Citrus Harvest Festival Page




      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday March 26, 2015
      7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.

      Program:


      “How Highland Got Watered”.


      This PowerPoint presentation with lots of historic photos was a look at the early history of surface water development and how the Highland visionaries were able to bring water from the Big Bear area to the Highland Historic District.





      We also covered how zanjeros, miners inches, weir boxes, ditches, flumes, standpipes, diamond slide gates, furrows and even gophers all played a role in the early citrus industry in the Highland area.

      Highland Area Chamber of Commerce
      Monthly Networking Luncheon

      Date: Tuesday January 27, 2015
      Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
      Location: Immanuel Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall Building C)
      Address: 28355 Base Line, Highland CA, 92346

       luncheon logo.jpg

      Guest Presenter: Nancy Alexander, Highland Area Historical Society
      Reservation Information: $20 if made on or before January 20.  $25 after January 20 and at the door.  At the door reservations may not be available.

      Reservations can be made by cash, check, M/C, VISA or Discover by calling the business office at (909) 864-4073 or emailing members@highlandchamber.org


       

      Thursday January 22, 2014
      7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.
      Program:

      Highland Area Historical Society’s semiannual dinner and installation officers.
      Sponsored by Chef Gerald Egger from the “C.H.E.F.” – Community Health Education Food program.

      Gerald Egger - CHEFEnterprises.com Chef Egger Business Owner at CHEFEnterprises.com Loma Linda, California did a program about “C.H.E.F.” – Community – Health - Education -Food that teaches how to prepare nutritious, quick, low cost and easy to prepare meals that are just right for the whole family.

      The CHEF program focus is designed to help people’s well-being through a comprehensive system based on food. Other than oxygen and water, food is the third necessity for life. However in this area, many struggle with eating healthier. There are many reasons for this phenomenon of unhealthy eating with taste, cost, and time being the most common reasons.

      Chef Egger providrd an example of the CHEF system by providing a meal that utilizes fresh local ingredients for those that RSVPed and attend the Highland Area Historical Society’s semiannual dinner and installation of the officers and board members Thursday January 22, 2015.

      Chef Gerald Egger attended the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and has worked at the Shamrock Foods Company, the Art Institute, and the Ontario Convention Center. He currently works with TheSoCalChef.com who offers a full range of private chef services. They handle everything from private dinner parties, catering, meal delivery and in home service.



      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday
      December 4th, 2014
      7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.
      Program:

      Curtiss Allen, a 4th generation resident of the San Bernardino Valley whose family legacy in this area dates back over a century, gave a talk about “Characterizing Christmas as a child growing up in San Bernardino.”

      Curtiss panted a word picture of his of his family’s longtime traditions during the season and his memories’ of going downtown for shopping, enjoying the decorations and “window dreaming” of what he might get for Christmas.

      Curtiss Allen Sr. grew up in San Bernardino where his family owned Allen & Son Iron Works. Curtiss later moved to Redlands where he founded the renowned Fourth-of-July Band in 1981and is still its director. He bought the Morey House on Terracina Boulevard in Redlands in 1968 and helped preserve it while he lived there for about a decade.


      Patton State Hospital Time Capsule Grand Opening

      Date: Wednesday December 17, 2014
      Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      Location: Highland Senior Center
      Address: 3102 Highland Ave., Patton CA

      Patton State Hospital will be opening a time capsule placed inside the sign at the main entrance of the hospital on December 22, 1964.  The time capsule will be opened at the Highland Senior Center, located right inside the gates of the hospital. 




      The Historical Society had a display at the
      Discover Highland Night!

      Date: Saturday October 25, 2014
      Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      Location: Highland Crossing's Shopping Center/Lowe's Home Improvement
      Address: 27847 Greenspot Rd., Highland CA


      Thursday September 25th, 2014
      7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center

      Mark Landis gave his presentation on the historic Arrowhead Springs Resort which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

      Landis is a freelance columnist for the Inland Newsgroup and has written local history articles for more than 10 years. He has written a book "Arrowhead Springs, California's Ideal Resort" on the 150-year history of sanitariums, hotels, resort facilities and spring water at Arrowhead Springs in the foothills of the San Bernardino mountains.



      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday May 22th, 2014
      7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.
      Program:

      Nancy Alexander took us on a virtual tour of the Highland Historic District .


      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday March 27th, 2014
      7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.
      Program: Tom Hooker “The Beginnings of Highland”

      Program: Tom Hooker “The Beginnings of Highland”

      Tom has done extensive research of early property deeds and other documentation from the Highland area in preparation for his upcoming book. He shared some of his insights into how the original business district of Highland came to be, who some of the early “movers and shakers” were and how the Kite Loop Train tracks that were so vital to Highland’s growth and prosperity were paid for.

      Tom Hooker is a fourth generation Highlander whose roots go back to 1891 in Highland.
      Tom was raised at the orange grove in Highland on Atlantic at Church in his Grandfather’s house. After Tom retired from the Forest Service, he decided to put together a family history. While doing so, Tom made contact with Howard Ingham, a grandson of the man who had planted the Hooker orange grove in 1884. They talked and decided to do a history of the Inghams and Hookers in Highland. Howard died a couple of years later and the history project grew to include much more. Tom is still working on the project today. The title of the book that Tom hopes to publish will be "A Pioneer History of Highland California and the North Fork Ditch." Most of the book will deal with the time period of 1852 to 1900. However, a little of the book will go past 1900.

       


      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday January 23rd, 2014
      7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.
      Program: Mark Landis “The Tail of the Kite” and how it influenced the area that becomes known as Highland.


       Well known historian and author Mark Landis gave an outstanding presentation on “The Tail of the Kite” and how it influenced the area that becomes known as Highland.

      Mark had copy's of his books Touring The Eastern Loop of The Kite-Shaped Track and Arrowhead Springs, California's Ideal Resort available at the meeting.

      For more information on Mark and his books go to his web site: Landis Publications


       

      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday December 5th, 2013
      7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.
      Program:

      Author and historian, Marilyn Cram Donahue reminiscences about school holiday programs and Christmas activities from  Highland’s past.


      The public is invited to spend the evening with Marilyn hearing her wonderful memories.


      Two of Marilyn’s historical novels (Straight Along a Crooked Road and The Valley in Between) as well as six of her contemporary books for middle grade and young adult readers are being digitized and should be available on Amazon for Christmas.


      As always the programs are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are provided after the program.


      For information visit CRAM FAMILY HISTORY : http://oldtimetales.blogspot.com/2013/06/cram-family-history.html Compiled by Marilyn Cram Donahue   and   Lucile Cram Whitecotton Suttle   


      The Historical Society had a display at the
      Discover Highland Night!

      Date: Saturday October 26, 2013
      Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      Location: Highland Crossing's Shopping Center/Lowe's Home Improvement
      Address: 27847 Greenspot Rd., Highland CA


      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday, Sept. 23
      Moved to October 10th , 2013
      7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.

      PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION  -

       Are you smarter than a fourth grader?

      At our September 26th October 10th , 2013  meeting we played our version of a popular TV show!

      The researchers’ at the Highland Area Historical Society have been hard at work developing resources to assist educators in Highland to teach local history. Fourth grade History–Social Science teachers are responsible for helping students learn the story of their home state.

      As part of our “Home Town History – Local Schools Series” we are making available information on Highland’s history including topics tailored to the elementary schools including:

      How did their school get its name?

      How did the streets on the safe walking route get their names?

      The names of the mountains they see around Highland and how they got their names.

      Early inhabitants – including the Serrano Indians

      Early explores to the Highland area.  

      Early industry – cattle, wheat and grains, fruits and drying plants, citrus, lumber and box plants.

      Early notable people of highland

      We will make information available on the following schools:

                   Arroyo Verde Elementary School

                  Belvedere Elementary School

                  Cole Elementary School

                  Cram Elementary School

                  Cypress Elementary School

                  Highland Grove Elementary School

                  Highland Pacific Elementary School

                  Lankershim Elementary School

                  Oehl Elementary School
              
      Thompson Elementary School

      We held a  good old fashioned study session to learn what the fourth graders will be learning about Highland and then tried our hand at a game show like quiz.


      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday, May 23
      rd, 2013  7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.

      PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION  -

      Bob Smith, author of “Redefining the Inland Valley”, was the guest speaker at the Highland Area Historical Society meeting.

      Bob will provided a slide show and talk about his book that includes driving tours of the Inland area. Autographed copies of his book were available for purchase.

      Bob Smith’s “Redefining the Inland Valley” is an update of the book of the same title published 10 years ago. The second edition comprises many changes, references and new illustrations in the driving tours section.

      Read Bob’s Bio: http://bsartist.weebly.com/bio.html

      Redefining the Inland Valley (Second edition)

      Redefining the Inland Valley (Second edition)
      Author: Bob Smith
      www.bsartist.weebly.com
      Paperback: 200 Pages
      Publisher: Landmark Graphics (2010)
      Language: English
      Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.8 x 0.7 inches

      Contents and Detailed Driving Tours of Inland Valley cities.


                  Chino                                         9
                  Fontana                                    12
                  Ontario                         15
                  Pomona, Claremont, La Verne, San Dimas  19
                  Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma, Etiwanda, Cucamonga  31
                  Riverside                                  36
                  San Bernardino, Del Rosa         40
                  Redlands                                  45
                  Upland                                     48
      Chronology and time-line                      53
      Alphabetical History                             65
      Annotated Bibliography                        73
      Inland Valley Museums            191

      Redefining the Inland Valley: Questions answered in the Text

      Why are there two roads named Arrow? (Arrow Route and Arrow Highway)  p. 48.
      Why is our valley divided into three counties? (LA, San Bernardino, Riv.) pp. 8, 9, 87
      How can I be living in Alta Loma and Rancho Cucamonga at the same time? P. 31
      Why did Ignacio Palomares move north and build on Arrow Highway ?  pp. 20, 48.
       
      What is the significance of Baseline Road and Meridian Street? P. 74
      Where and when was the speed of light first measured in the Inland Valley ?  p. 123
      Where can I see and touch the SR 71 Blackbird ?   March Air Museum, Riverside  p. 193
      Where can I see real prize winning race cars ?  National Hot-rod Museum, Pomona, 192
      Where can  I see examples of historic planes at the “Planes of Fame” Air Museum? P.11
      Where can I see a model of the mule car used to haul passengers to Upland ?  pp. 16, 127
       
      Where can we experience life on a farm of 150 years ago ? pp.36, 116, 192, 38, 193.
      Where can I see the “parent” tree of all the navel oranges in the valley ?   Riverside p.37.
      Where can I tour a 19th century farm-house, barn and orchards ?  Riverside pp. 38, 193
      Where is A. B. Miller’s first Fontana Farms development, “Camp One” ?  pp. 12, 123.
       
      Where is the Madonna of the Trail and what are the four trails that meet there?  p. 121.
      How many Madonna of the trail statues are there, from California to Maryland ?  P. 121.
      Where can I see a statue of a Civil War soldier and list of local men who served ?  p. 41,
      Where can I see a statue of a WWI doughboy and a list of local men who served ?  p. 24.
      Where can I see a statue of the goddess Pomona, as pictured on the cover ?  p.138.
      Where can I see a statue of Juan Bautista de Anza and all his followers ?  Riverside p. 68.
      Where can I see a statue of Jedediah Smith ?   San Dimas  p. 159.
       
      Where can I tour a Spanish adobe with authentic furnishings ?   Pomona  pp. 19, 192
      Where can I see examples of Victorian architecture ?  pp. 10, 27, 28, 38, 45, 46.
      Where can I see examples of Art Deco style architecture ?  pp. 10, 22, 25, 26.
       
      Does the Mission Inn have anything to do with the California Missions ?  p. 124.
       
      Where can I see real examples of Abraham Lincoln’s signature ?    Redlands p. 47

      The 17th Annual  Highland Citrus Harvest Festival was be held on
      Saturday, March 30th.

      The theme for our booth was the "History of Highland Schools".
      Historical
      educational items and photographs were displayed in the booth.

      We were honored to win a First place for best Historical Display this year!


      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday, March 28
      th 2013  7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.

      PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION  -

      The program was presented by Nancy Alexander on “An Overview of the History of Highland Schools”. It included a PowerPoint presentation on Highland schools, including Warm Springs, Cram and Arroyo Verde, and their histories.


      January 27, 2013 - 30th Annual Highland Family Run

      We staffed one of the water stations and cheered on the runners at the 30th Annual Highland Family Run


      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday,
      January 24th 2013  7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.

      PRESENTATION DESCRIPTION

      Our first meeting of 2013 was a potluck dinner and installation of the officers and board members for 2013-14.

      For entertainment, a slide show was presented featuring highlights from the City of Highlands first 25 years.

      Good food and comradely was enjoyed by those in attendance .


       

      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday, December 6th, 2012 7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.

      The December 6th  presentation was "The Harris Company," by Arcadia Publishing Author Aimmee Rodriguez


      "The Harris Company," was an overview of the business from its early beginnings to its merger with Gottschalks in the late 1990s.   Aimmee discussed the company's growth from a small store front in San Bernardino, California to the Inland Empire's premier department store.  Harris' during the Christmas season, and memories of what made the Harris Company a beloved business, was also addressed. 
      Aimmee's book was available for sale for $20.   She had a book signing afterwards. 


      The Highland Area Historical Society was at the
      Discover Highland Night Sat. October 27, 2012 (3-7 pm) in the Lowes parking lot.
      The booth was donated by the Hampton Inn & Suites Highland, and we thank them very much!


      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday, Sept. 27th, 2012 7:00pm at the
      Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.

      The September 27th program was a power point presentation entitled "Highland, The Journey to Cityhood". It  included the beginnings of incorporation and some of Highland's "Firsts". Also included were the changes from an agricultural township to a modern city.


      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday, May 24th, 2012 7:00pm

      Anne Viricel posted a great recap of the May 24th meeting:

      Highland city founders reminisce

      Founding Highlanders Jim Rissmiller, Jody Scott, Ross Jones, and Dennis Johnson comprised the ‘Roundtable of Founders’ panel that met at the Highland Historical Society May 24.

      Turbulent times preceded incorporation

      By Anne Viricel

      Published: Friday, May 25, 2012 4:25 PM PDT 


      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday, May 24th, 2012 7:00pm at the Highland Senior Center
      3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.

      May 24th meeting -

       Roundtable of founders including:

      Ross Jones, Dennis Johnson, Jim Rissmiller and Jody Scott.

      As part of our celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Highland, we held a roundtable discussion with some of the people that made the dream of Highland Cityhood become a reality. The round table was an excellent opportunity to hear “straight from the horse’s mouth” about the inception of the idea for cityhood, the reasons people felt so strongly for and against the idea and the preparations put in place to make the new City succeed.  


      Highland Citrus Harvest Festival

      Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm.     Highland Citrus Harvest Festival 2012

      The City celebrated its 16th Annual Citrus Harvest Festival. The Historic District was filled with crafters, delicious food, antique and classic cars and lots of area residents. There was fun for everyone including live entertainment, kids games and rides, an historic home tour, shopping and much more.  

      For further details, please contact Stater Kim at:
      (909) 864-8732, extension 204.

       



      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 7:00pm at the Highland Senior Center 3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.

      The March 22nd program was:

      A Racy History of Highland

       

      Race photo 1
      Don Harkey presented a “lively” and “spirited” program on the history auto racing,
      racers and race tracks in the Highland area. He covered topics from the “Ashcan Derby”
      to the National Orange Show Raceways, and a lot in between.
       Some of the items covered are:


      1) A bit about Don’s racing career
      2)  Inland Empire Speedways
              Ash Can (Kan) Derby which was on 3rd St. in Highland (1945-1948)
              Orange Empire Speedway (1938-1942) br>        Orange Show Stadium / Speedway (1941-2011?)
              Riverside International Raceway (1957-1989)
              Ontario Motor Speedway (1970-1980)
      3)  Highland's Racing Champions (OSS)
      4)  Notable Highland drivers (including Swede Savage)
      5) A viewing of, a short Super 8 mm film titled "Orange Show Speedway '71


      Highland Area Historical Society meeting
      Thursday, January 26, 2012 7:00pm at the Highland Senior Center 3102 Highland Ave. at the entrance to Patton.

      Marilyn Cram Donahue PhotoMarilyn Cram Donahue, daughter of Fred Cram and Nellie Carter Cram; widow of Robert Donahue (son of Leo Donahue) and prolific author  shared her memories of Highland in the 1930's and 1940*s, concentrating on the downtown area; the two grocery stores, the drugstore, Hambly's dry goods store, etc. and some of the social activities, including the Women's Club and the Knitting Club. She also talked about the Canteen that operated during the war years. Marilyn also shared her memories of orange ranching and what it was really like. The Rohrer Block on Palm Avenue as it appeared in 1936. Photo courtesy Bill Calvert’s “A Pictorial History of Highland.”

      Pioneer recipes and some of the "snake oil" curatives, street games and songs and dances were part of the treasure trove of memories that Mrs. Donahue will shared.

      The public was invited to share their memories of this time.

      Marilyn has a new book coming out soon (hopefully). It takes place in a town called Messina in 1939. The story is fiction, but the setting is factual.

      For those of you who read her first novel, Sutter's Sands (1971) and any of her young adult books, Straight Along a Crooked Road, The Valley in Between or any of her books, you won't want to miss this opportunity to meet the author and hear her share her personal memories of early Highland.
       

      As Always the programs are open to the public. Light refreshments are provided after the program.

       

       





      Entertainment > Local Events

      Now and Then: Hardscrabble Street

      1924 Cram School District Map 
      Use Ctrl + & - to zoom after opening.
      By Nancy Alexander
      Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:34 PM PDT
      As part of our preparations for the Citrus Harvest Festival (March 30th) Charles Kiel was able to procure a copy of the Cram School District in 1924, which ties in with our booth’s theme of early Highland Grammar schools.

      The great thing about this map is that it shows the names of property owners within the school district and the locations of that property.  This is exciting in and of itself, but something leaped out at both Charles and I , and that was a street name.  Now, you know that street names are of particular interest to me,  so the name Hardscrabble Road really popped out. In addition, New Street was an unfamiliar road.

      The first thing was to find out what “hardscrabble” means. It is pretty obvious, but here is the definition: adjective: earning a bare subsistence, as on the land; noun: barren or marginal farmland; also being or relating to a place of barren or barely arable soil.

      The next question was, “are there really streets named Hardscrabble?”  The answer is yes.  A quick on-line search found Hardscrabble Road in New York, North and South Carolina.

      The eastern terminus of Hardscrabble Street is at Church Street. Following westward on Hardscrabble, there is a curve to the north, and a continuation to the west.  The street that curves north is labeled New Street and it’s terminus is Base Line. This New Street is west of Orange Street which travels south to Redlands, so it is not Boulder Ave. as it is situated today, but may have been the beginning of Boulder Avenue.

      It is also noted that New Street/Boulder Avenue does not continue north above Base Line as it does today, as all the land was owned by ranchers.

      Comparisons of the 1924 map and more current maps would suggest that Hardscrabble Street was in line with 5th street or Third Street, however you want to draw the line.  As you know, 5th street ends about Palm Avenue, and 3rd Street takes a slight jog north, then continues east.  The land in this area falls in with the meaning of hardscrabble, being very rocky soil.

      A visit to the County Archives is definitely in my future to try and sort this out.  But in the mean time, if you love old maps, stop by the Highland Area Historical Society’s booth on Palm Ave. and Main Street at the Citrus Harvest Festival and take a look and tell me what you think.

      Copyright © 2013 - Highland Comunity News


      More on Hardscrabble and New Streets

      By Nancy Alexander
      Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 8:05 PM PDT
      My thanks today to Ken Jure, Jr. for his sleuthing on last week’s story about Hardscrabble and New Streets.

      After reading the article, Ken took a look at a 1930 ariel map of the same area. With careful comparison to the 1924 Cram School District map, which he feels is not to scale, he came to the conclusion that New Street is now Webster.

      “...that location is today’s intersection of Webster (New) and Greenspot (Hardscrabble). If you look at the photos I added, I outlined this section in black and it is clear that this intersection is what the map you have shows. This is before Boulder was constructed. The reason I am so confident is because of the location of the railroad tracks in the map. Also, Church Street location help pinpoint it for me. 

      This is a cool map because the street names are on it. I have edited the photo showing where Boulder is in relation to this intersection. Another cool fact is that the curve from Greenspot to Webster has made an impact on why when traveling east on Greenspot as you approach Boulder,  the road makes a slight dogleg to the right then when you travel through Boulder you make another dogleg to the left. This I believe is the result of the old curve in the map. If you go to that location with a copy of the photo, not the map, you will see what I mean.

      The map shows Hardscrabble staying straight west of the curve but the photo shows different.

      I have seen several different maps where the road we now call Greenspot was referred to by different names, among them, East Highland Road.  The name Greenspot was applied in 1931, after J.S. Edwards purchased the Greenspot Citrus Association. 

      “In extending the Edwards interests into Greenspot, the East Highlands Orange Company and co-operating growers recently completed a new road linking East Highlands and Greenspot.  The county is expected to take this road over and improve it.” (Highland Messenger.  Friday Aug. 21, 1931  Front Page, Column 1)

      A 1960 road map shows 3rd street going east from Palm Avenue to Church Street, then there is a little jog to the north and it is then labeled East Highland Road. Some way past the railroad tracks to the east,  East Highland Road runs into Greenspot Road, which at that junction, continued north to the Santa Ana Canyon Road, which curving northward is called Plunge Creek Road. (It’s all very confusing!)

      The 1924 Cram School District map show an approximate location of the Santa Ana Canyon Road, which seems to begin at Manzanita Drive (in the Village), curving north and then meandering eastward, then taking a curve south, finally continuing in a straight line through the American Fruit Growers property.

      The roads continue to shift and change with new roads being added and old roads disappearing as the area develops and changes. Come by our booth at the Citrus Harvest Festival and view these maps for yourself. March 30 at Palm Avenie and Main Street.


      Copyright © 2013 - Highland News

       



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      Announcing the publication of the first volume of Kay Beattie's A Look Back columns, (originally published in the Highland Community News), as part of a fund raising project.

      Kay spent many, many hours pouring over old newspapers, visiting the Highland Library, the Smiley Library in Redlands, the San Bernardino Feldhym Library and the San Bernardino Historic Archives, as well as her father-in-law's, George W. Beattie, work, to find information for her "stories".

      This body of work is an invaluable resource for the history of Highland and the surrounding area, and is deserving of being preserved in enduring and readily available format. It would be impossible to include all her columns in a single volume, so they have been divided into several.

      The collection was compiled, edited and indexed by Nancy Alexander, President of the Highland Area Historical Society and City Historian.

      The first volume is available now and will make great gift for anyone who is interested in Highland's rich history.

      The cost is $40 and can be ordered by contacting Nancy Alexander at

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