There were once many different Native American tribes living in Southern California, such as the Morongo, Aguas Calientes, and Chumash people. There were explorations by Pedro Fages and Francisco Garcés that sought to extend the Catholic influence over the native people and the rule of the Spanish crown in the 1770s.
The town of Redlands was established in the early 1820s when a Spanish missionary, Fr. Francisco Dumetz, set up a mission outpost there. It was the main stop along the El Camino Viejo or old road, which was used to link California’s missions together until it was replaced by a more direct route around San Bernardino Mountain.
The Dumetz reached the village on May 20, 1810, the feast day of San Bernardino of Siena, and named the region the San Bernardino Valley. The Franciscan friars from Mission San Gabriel established the San Bernardino Asistencia in 1819 and embarked on the usual program of training the native tribes to raise crops and encouraging permanent settlements.
The Lugo family bought Rancho San Bernardino Mexican land grant in 1842. This became the first fixed settlers in the area.
In 1851, the area was settled by the first Anglo settlers who arrived in the form of several hundred Mormon pioneers. They purchased the entire Rancho San Bernardino, founded the city of San Bernardino, and became successful farmers.
The Mormon community left for Utah in 1857 when they were asked to return by Brigham Young to Utah. Benjamin Barton bought land and planted vineyards and built a winery.
In the year 1865 the first settler, a sheep herder, on the site of the present Redlands is recorded to have erected a hut at the corner of what is now Cajon St. and Cypress Ave. Barry Roberts was among the settlers drawn to Lugonia in 1869, and the Craw and Glover families arrived a year later. "Israel Beal, the town's first black settler, came to Lugonia shortly after George W. Beattie, the town's first schoolteacher, arrived in 1874.
When the Southern Pacific and Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroads connected Southern California to San Francisco and Salt Lake City in the 1880s, it caused a land boom, attracting investors like John W. North to the region that is now known as the Inland Empire.
With its hot, dry climate and easy access to water, North and others saw the region as the ideal location for citrus production. Soon after, civil engineer Frank E. Brown and New York stockbroker E. G. Judson founded Redlands to serve as a hub for the expanding citrus industry alongside North's nearby settlement at Riverside. In honor of the hue of the adobe soil, they gave their city the name "Redlands". By March 22, 1888, the city was incorporated and E. G. Judson served as the first mayor.
On July 27, 1892, the Electric Light & Power Co. received a franchise and started construction on a powerhouse in Mill Creek Canyon, making history in the electrical industry. The foundation was laid for the first (three-phase) transmission line in the history of the world, which later became a division of Southern California Edison Co. and brought electricity to Redlands. On August 5, 1893, the first electric arc lamps were placed above the streets of Redlands. The plan is largely credited to George B. Ellis, one of the seven men who led the initiative.
The first line was extended from the Mill Creek powerhouse to East Citrus avenue, to Mr. Ellis' Terracina hotel. The firm boasted of ability to supply current enough for 1,500 homes. When gas lighting became available in Redlands in 1900, many homes already had electricity.
The first orange grove in the city was planted in the spring of 1882 by Mr. E. J. Waite of Wisconsin. The city served as the hub of the world's largest navel orange-producing region for nearly 75 years. Redlands was a fruit-packing hub encircled by more than 15,000 acres of citrus groves by the late 1930s.
All three citrus packing houses (two in the downtown area and one on San Bernardino Avenue) had closed by the turn of the century as the local citrus industry suffered as more agricultural areas were replaced by subdivisions. For the roughly 2,500 acres of citrus that are still being produced in the area, there is currently only one packing house left to meet their needs.
Racial Makeup and Population
With a population of approximately 72,000, the racial makeup of the city was 48.10% non-Hispanic white, 33.40% Hispanic black, 8.20% Asian, 5.30% Black, and 3% from two or more races.
There are two post offices located in the city with two zip code: 92373 & 92374. The Post Office Box zip code is 92375
The city of Redlands provides of Fire and Police service for the city.
You can find a ton of statistical data for Redlands at city-data.com
If you are looking to rent, purchase, or relocate within the city limits, you might be interested in where your child will attend school. You can compare public, charter, and private schools near you by using the rating system on the website created by Great Schools. https://www.greatschools.org/
Established in 1910 the University of Redlands is a private university located on 160 acres near downtown Redlands located largely provide programs for working adults.
Students at the university can study in one of 4 major schools and centers:
College of Arts & Sciences on Center for Integrative Studies,
School of Business (including the School of Continuing Studies);
School of Education; and
Graduate School of Theology.
Climate / Weather
The weather is usually pleasant. It is a desert and a dry-summer subtropical with an annual average temperature of 64.25 degrees Fahrenheit. July has the highest average temperature of the year, at 94.5 degrees Fahrenheit. January is the coldest month of the year, with an average temperature of 52 degrees Fahrenheit. In terms of precipitation, February is the wettest month of the year, with an average rainfall of 3.4 inches. July is the driest month of the year, with an average rainfall of 0.0 inches.
During the summer months, the weather in Redlands California is quite consistent, with little humidity, no rain, and temperatures in the mid-90s during the day and lows just north of 60 degrees at night.
Run Through Redlands
The Run Through Redlands has been and still is one of the largest running competitions in the Inland Empire. Running enthusiasts from the Inland Empire and beyond continue to attend this event. Walkers and wheelchairs are always welcome at all events, regardless of skill level. The Run Through Redlands is committed to supporting all neighborhoods.
In addition to giving scholarships to local youth who want to further their education while serving their community, all race proceeds are donated to regional charities.
Three distinct races make up The Run Through Redlands: a 5k, a 10k, and a half marathon. Every course winds through the lovely Redlands neighborhoods with their tree-lined streets, historic homes, and breath-taking San Bernardino mountain views.
Redlands Bicycle Classic
The Redlands Bicycle Classic is America's longest continuously running invitational, professional stage race. Every year, the City of Redlands and its surrounding communities welcome world-class athletes into their homes, hearts, and streets.
From its humble beginnings on a Memorial Day weekend in 1985, the event has hosted future Olympic, Tour de France, and World Championships stars. The Redlands Bicycle Classic has a long history of attracting future stars, earning it the title "Where Legends Are Born!"
Downtown Redlands Christmas Parade
With floats, musical performances, and a visit from Santa Claus, the Downtown Redlands Christmas Parade is a magical evening event that takes place in Historic Downtown Redlands.
The Parade begins at around 6:00 p.m. Parade participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite holiday characters, or simply wear festive attire. In addition, you can dress up your pets as your favorite Christmas character.
Things To Do
San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands, California 92374
In 1952, the San Bernardino County Museum Association established the San Bernardino County Museum. It was made available to the public in 1957, and in 1961 the County of San Bernardino received a donation. In 1974, the facility relocated from Bloomington, California, to its current site in Redlands.
The Museum is a division of the Community Services Group in San Bernardino County. The Asistencia in Redlands, the Yucaipa Adobe, the Agua Mansa Pioneer Cemetery in Colton, the Yorba-Slaughter Adobe in Chino, and the John Rains House in Rancho Cucamonga are additional branch locations.
The Kimberly Crest House & Gardens
1325 Prospect Dr, Redlands, CA 92373
A Victorian chateau and gardens designed in the Italian Renaissance style can be found at the 6.4-acre Kimberly Crest House & Gardens in Redlands, California. Mrs. Cornelia Hill constructed the home in 1897. When John Alfred and Helen Cheney Kimberly bought the house in 1905, they also added the gardens. After the Kimberlys passed away, their daughter, Mrs. Mary Kimberly-Shirk, inherited the home. She later founded the Kimberly-Shirk Association and donated the property to the "people of Redlands."
The house's interior doubles as a museum with both public and exclusive tours available. Weddings and other private events can be held in the gardens, which are also used for public events.
The Lincoln Memorial Shrine
125 West Vine Street Redlands, CA 92373
First a little history
The Lincoln Memorial Shrine was built as a gift by Robert and Alma Watchorn in 1932 and was initially conceived by renowned Southern California architect Elmer Grey as an octagon. Bedford Indiana limestone plates with inscriptions from Lincoln's speeches were used to cover the reinforced concrete structure.
It wasn't until 1937 that these areas were added, despite the fact that the original design called for 75-foot-long patio wings to extend from each side of the Shrine, complete with fountains, benches, and additional inscriptions. The Indiana limestone used for the additions was chosen to match the octagon's material before it left the quarry. As originally intended, these patio areas included additional passages from Lincoln's speeches carved into the walls and Merrill Gage-designed fountains. The Watchorns had always intended to expand the facility, but they had to put their plans on hold due to the Great Depression's aftereffects and the outbreak of World War II. Robert Watchorn died in 1944 with this unrealized dream.
On February 12, 1998, the Watchorns’ desire for an enlarged facility was realized when the newly expanded Shrine was rededicated. After four and a half years of fund raising two new wings were added to the original octagon where the patio areas had been located. The design called for moving the fountain and pool areas forward. Careful removal and repositioning of the limestone panels, and the selection of new materials created a harmonious blend of new wings with original octagon.
The interior of the Shrine features bookcases from Circassian walnut in the original octagon. The woodwork in the new wings was chosen to complement the original furnishings.
The life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln have fascinated and inspired people for more than 200 years. His rise from obscurity to greatness has come to represent the universal hope that we can all improve our lives. He was born into poverty on the edge of an uncharted frontier.
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