Redlands Remembered: Stories from the Jewel of the Inland Empire

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By 1889, the newly established town of Redlands at the southern base of the San Bernardino Range offered mild winters and spectacular views of the nearby mountains. The sunny, dry climate enticed eastern industrialists, and Redlands became a place of annual escape, a millionaire mecca by the turn of the twentieth century. Early philanthropists set the tone for an active civic culture that has lasted throughout the city’s 125 years. These stories, researched and written by Joan Hedges McCall, tell how and why the ...
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Redlands Remembered: Stories from the Jewel of the Inland Empire

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By 1889, the newly established town of Redlands at the southern base of the San Bernardino Range offered mild winters and spectacular views of the nearby mountains. The sunny, dry climate enticed eastern industrialists, and Redlands became a place of annual escape, a millionaire mecca by the turn of the twentieth century. Early philanthropists set the tone for an active civic culture that has lasted throughout the city’s 125 years. These stories, researched and written by Joan Hedges McCall, tell how and why the town developed out of dusty, semi-arid lands into a green belt of orange groves, parks and Victorian homes. Find out where the water came from, how the navel oranges grew and who helped Redlands grow into the beloved city it is today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609496180
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/17/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 784,953
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Hedges McCall has been a well-known educator and community volunteer in Redlands, California, for more than thirty years. She has been a member of the Redlands Heritage Auxiliary, serving as scriptwriter, school tour chair and board member. Her monthly column, "Regarding Redlands," and numerous feature articles have appeared in the Redlands Daily Facts. Joan McCall has been a history teacher and a teacher librarian. She holds a BA degree from Pomona College and an MA degree from Azusa Pacific University.
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Table of Contents

Preface 5

Acknowledgements 7

Part I Before Redlands Blossomed 9

Hannah Smith Embers, a Local Pioneer 12

The Suburbs of Redlands Came Before the City Itself 15

Grapes Grew Before the Orange Boom 18

The Rain in Redlands Flows Mainly to the Sea 21

Look to the Hills From Where Our History Comes 24

It's Easier to Get Here Now 28

The City Was Born Below Prospect Park 31

Part II Oranges Fed the Early Years 34

Rail System Was Important Factor in Early City Growth 37

In Sickness and Health: How Invalids Influenced Redlands 39

Calling the Doctor in Early Redlands, Often Via Heliograph 42

Building a High School Was Never Easy 45

Family Service Helps Redlanders Help Themselves 47

Unsung Rockwell Eleven Was Really the Best Team in SoCal 49

Redlands Produced Race Cars and Oranges 53

Redlands Votes for Women 55

Part III Keeping Busy in the Days Before Television 58

Even at the Turn of the Century, Redlands Was Bicycle Crazy 61

After Bicycles, Cars Came to Redlands 64

Motorcycles Came to Town, Stayed 67

Redlands Was Once Considered a Sportsman's Paradise 70

The Year Redlands Got the Flu, Everyone Got It 73

A Look at Redlands Movie History through the Peephole 75

Mulvihills Played with Skill and Class 78

Part IV Millionaires Brought Changes to the Town 82

The Diamond-Studded Atmosphere of Early Redlands 85

Redlands Can Remember Beautiful Parks of the Past 88

Colonel Greene's Dream Mansion Was a Tribute Befitting the Copper Baron 92

Redlands' Walls Were Not Always What They Seemed 96

Watchorn Led the Way of Volunteerism in Redlands 99

Part V Ordinary People Made Extraordinary Contributions to Redlands History 102

Clothespins, Flytraps and Rocket Fuel-All Invented by Redlanders 106

Hinckley's White Line Paved the Way 109

Lighting Up the Streets of Redlands Was No Easy Task 111

High School Graduation Traditions Go Back to the Early Years 114

Redlands Teacher Began Custom of Pledging to the Flag 117

The Fight for Prospect Park Was Won the Redlands Way 120

References 123

About the Author 127

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