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Ontario, California, USA - Euclid Avenue and Snow Capped Mountains, Ontario, Cal.

Ontario, San Bernardino, CA

It was in the first week of August, 1881 when George Chaffey, a Canadian engineer, viewed the wastes known as the Cucamonga Desert and decided that this patch of land, if properly watered, could become productive and profitable. George and his brother William bought the "San Antonio lands," 6,218 acres with water rights for $60,000. This was the nucleus of their new model colony. They subsequently expanded to the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks on the south. On the north, they took in the Kincaid Ranch at San Antonio Canyon, an all-important source of water.

The Ontario Colony lands were quickly surveyed and went on sale in November, 1882...

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Ontario Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Euclid Avenue and Snow Capped Mountains, Ontario, Cal.
Ontario, California, USA

Euclid Avenue and Snow Capped Mountains, Ontario, Cal.
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Ontario, California, USA

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Ontario, California, USA


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1895 - Ontario
Ontario, a post-village of San Bernardino co, Cal, about 18 miles W. of San Bernardino. It is on the Southern Pacific Railroad. It has a bank, planing- and grist-mills, and general stores, Pop. in 1890, 683.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Ontario, a banking city of San Bernadino co., Cal., about 18 miles W. of San Bernadino, on the Southern Pacific R. Pop. in 1900, 722.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
Ontario, Calif. (UPI) - BOB YEAKEL, prominent Southern California businessman, and four other persons including two of YEAKELS' sons, were killed Thursday night when his small plane crashed on the crowded San Bernardino Freeway.

All four persons in the plane piloted by YEAKEL, who called himself the "Lucky Dutchman," were killed as well as a fifth person who was in an auto which crashed into the flaming wreckage.

YEAKEL along with his brothers was one of the area's biggest auto dealers. He unsuccessfully ran for Los Angeles mayor in 1957.

San Bernardino County Deputy Coroner W. H. Georgenton said the families of the victims made positive identification.
They were identified as YEAKEL, 41; his sons, KENNETH, 22, and ROBERT, 13, both adopted, and businessman JOSEPH D. TAYLOR of Newport Beach. The auto passenger killed was JOSE CASTAMADA, 48, a Mexican national who was an itinerant farm worker.

Georgenton said YEAKEL was flying from Orange County Airport near Newport Beach... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Ontario, California:
Ontario Mills: This massive shopping center is a shopper's paradise. It features over 200 stores, including outlets for popular brands like Nike, Coach, and Levi's. There's also an indoor mini-golf course and an AMC movie theater for entertainment.

Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park: This beautiful park is a great place for picnicking, fishing, swimming, and boating. It has two large lakes, walking trails, and plenty of green space for outdoor relaxation.

Scandia Amusement Park: A family-friendly amusement park with mini-golf, bumper boats, batting cages, arcade games, and go-karts. It's a fantastic spot for some good old-fashioned fun.

Ontario Convention Center: If you're in town for a conference or event, the Ontario Convention Center hosts various gatherings throughout the year. Check their schedule for expos, conferences, and trade shows.

Planes of Fame Air Museum: Aviation enthusiasts will love this museum. It features a vast collection of aircraft, from historic planes... Read MORE...

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