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Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

by Larry Burns
Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

Secret Inland Empire: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure

by Larry Burns


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How did the first McDonald's perfect the taste that took over the globe? Where could you go to receive the first messages from Mars and probe photographs sent to NASA? And how did an hourly employee from the Inland Empire invent Flaming Hot Cheetos? You'll find the answers to these questions and so many more in Secret Inland Empire—a guide to all of the wildest, wackiest, and most wonderful places and people that make up the communities of Riverside and San Bernardino in Southern California. Take a tour of this wide-open frontier unlike any other, where the confident "I got this" ethos is alive and well. Did you know that almost all of the sweet dates we enjoy come from the eastern deserts of the Inland Empire? Or that Dr. June McCarroll redesigned highways here by adding the white line—the first mile by her own hand? It even gave rise to the first innovative power plant method that now lights up 90% of the world. Author and native Riversider Larry Burns brings an insider's perspective to unlocking the secrets of this eclectic and innovative region. From the beach, to the mountains, to the desert, you won't miss a thing with this unparalleled guide to this ambitious empire of communities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681062044
Publisher: Reedy press, LLC.
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Series: Secret
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,068,592
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Larry Burns draws inspiration and ideas from the heady mixture of sights, sounds, peoples, and places of his hometown, Riverside CA. He is an active community leader, booster, and all-around fan of the recreation, entertainment, arts, and culture ready to be discovered across the Inland Empire. He fears and welcomes a future run by sentient robots, and wonders what they will talk about and do for fun when they are in charge. He is a founding member of the Inlandia Institute, a non-profit literary organization. He teaches English at Riverside City College and Humanities at Southern New Hampshire University.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors 2

The Road that United Riverside County 4

A Local Foods Source-and so Much More 6

A Retirement Community for Happy Meal Toys 8

Snack Attack History 10

Scintillating Near-Centennial of Date History 12

The Secret Sauce of the Fast-Food Industry 14

Candy, Candy Everywhere 16

Citrus History Is Cultural History 18

Want to Live Here? Here's Your Pass 20

Hike into History 22

An Important and Mysterious Rune 24

Site of Southern California's Only Coal Mine 26

Natural Formation Looks Like a Giant Arrowhead 28

Heart of Stone 30

I Know We Left the Lake around Here Somewhere!? 32

Dream State Shore of the Inland Empire 34

Cross-Country Skiing 36

Pictures Hidden among Thousands of Words 38

A Powerhouse Turned Arthouse 40

A Mystery Worthy of Perry Mason 42

Postcards from Barstow 44

A Peek Behind the Curtain of the Decorative Arts 46

A Structure and a Statue Inspired by Native American Culture 48

A study in Rejecting Authority and Embracing Creative Human Expression 50

A Healthy Snack along Your Busy Commute 52

Water Park Gone Graffiti Art Enclave 54

Assemblage Sculptures in an Open-Air Desert Museum 56

A Tree Grows in [the Desert] 58

Writer's Block 60

The Artistry of Everyday Objects 62

Cove Artists' Colony at Cathedral City 64

A Pilgrimage for Cartoonists 66

A Place for Tossed-Aside Toys to Finally Be Themselves 68

Star-Crossed Lovers Memorialized 70

A Place for [Your] Stuff 72

White Lines 74

An Allergy-Free Way to "Tiptoe through the Tulips" 76

NASA's Interstellar Switchboard 78

Oh, Give Me a Home Where the [Donkey] Roam 80

Do You Have That in Leather? 82

It Came from Outer Space 84

Civilization's Power Source 86

Adobe Homes for the Modern American 106

Where Animatronics Comes to Life 108

Desert Miracles 110

A Too-Cool House 112

A Fountain of Youth Constructed of Sound Waves 114

A Secret Training Camp for Pearl Harbor Retaliation 116

A Cannon More Often Seen Than Heard 118

Training Grounds for the US Army 120

A Skirmish with Family Ties 122

Not the Stone House of Three Little Pigs Fame 124

A Town Built by TV 126

A General Store Specifically about the 1930s 128

Where You Do Your Time for Your Crime 130

Really Old School Firetruck 132

Frontier History 134

How Fog Made San Jacinto Famous in Moscow 136

Walk the Spanish Trails 138

A Yellow Beacon for Your Fuel Up 140

Heaven for Car Lovers 142

Another Roadside Attraction 144

Sports for the Rest of Us 146

Come for the Mineral Springs, Stay for a Couple of Years 148

The Real North Pole 150

See It Like It Was Shot 152

Fade to Black 154

Bodhisattva Quan Yin Rises along Highway 395 156

Family-Friendly Off-Road Racing 158

A Gift of Friendship for the World 160

Colton's First Marshall 162

The "Grand Lady" of the Temecula Valley 164

First People of the IE 166

The Technology May Change, but the Desire to Help Others Doesn't 168

One Man's Cloister Walk Is Another Man's Catacomb 170

California's Tribute to Abraham Lincoln 172

A French Chateau Fit for the Empire 174

A Bit of Kitsch along Route 66 176

Dresses of a Lost-But-Not-Forgotten Era 178

Banana Republic 180

Hindu Temple, Swaminarayan Branch 182

The Hidden Benefits of Drinking Fountains 184

Childhood Toys on Permanent Display-Hooray! 186

Other Fun You Can Find in a Golf Cart 188

Fairy Tale-Inspired Architecture 190

Celebrate the Season of Giving 192

A Fitting Car for a Final Journey 194

A Place Where the Journey Is the Destination 196

The Bathtub Ring of the Coachella Valley 198

Sources 201

Index 207

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