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Corona, California, USA

Corona, Riverside, CA

Corona, originally named South Riverside, was founded at the height of the Southern California citrus boom in 1886, and is advantageously situated at the upper end of the Santa Ana River Canyon, a significant pass through the Santa Ana Mountains. The town of Corona was once the "Lemon Capital of the World." A museum there presents the lemon's former role in the local economy. The city derived its name (and its nickname, The Circle City) from the curious layout of its streets, with a standard grid enclosed by the circular Grand Boulevard, 2.75 miles (4.43 kilometers) in circumference. The street layout was designed by Hiram Clay Kellogg, a civil engineer from Anaheim who was an influential figure in the early development of Orange County.

Corona was established as a town by the South Riverside Land and Water Company. The company was incorporated in 1886; founding members included ex-Governor of Iowa, Samuel Merrill, R.B. Taylor, George L. Joy, A.S. Garretson, and Adolph Rimpau...

Originally located in San Bernardino County, the city was named South Riverside and received its post office in that name on August 11, 1887. In 1893, South Riverside became part of the new Riverside County. In 1896, the city was renamed Corona for its circular Grand Boulevard, where three international automobile races were held in 1913, 1914 and 1916...

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  • 1886 - Established
    Originally inhabited by Luiseno Indians, Corona became part of the Rancho La Sierra land grant. It was laid out as South Riverside when Queen...Read MORE...


  • News 1901 - Frightful Fate is Caused by Ignited Oil
    Mother and Babe Die From Attempt to Light Fire With Kerosene - Grief Unbalances Survivor's Mind.

    Corona, Cal., Oct. 23. - As the result of the old ...Read MORE...


  • Corona, California, USA
    Santa Fe Depot, Corona, Cal.
    Postmarked 1906
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  • Corona, California, USA
    New High School Building, Corona, Cal.
    Postmarked 1908
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  • Corona, California, USA
    Grand Boulevard, Corona, Cal.
    Postcard
  • 1912 - Corona
    By William Corkhill

    But a few years ago, comparatively speaking, California was a mysterious stretch of country in the far, far west - the...Read MORE...


  • 1913 - 1916 - International Auto Races
    Corona was the site of international automobile races from 1913 to 1916.
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  • 1915 - Corona was the site of the first lemon-processing plant in the United States

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  • 1916 - April 8 - In Corona, California, racecar driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three and badly injuring five spectators

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  • 1916 - Corona
    Corona, a banking city of Riverside co., Cal., in a grain and fruit region, on the Southern California R., 15 miles SW. of Riverside. Pop. in 1900,...Read MORE...


  • 1916
    Corona, a banking city of Riverside co., Cal., in a grain and fruit region, on the Southern California R., 15 miles SW. of Riverside. Pop. in 1900,...Read MORE...


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    Sixth Street. Corona, California
    Postcard
  • Corona, California, USA
    The Norconia - Corona, Calif. - Now "U.S. Naval Hospital"
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  • Corona, California, USA
    Main St., Corona, Calif.
    1941
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  • News 1957 - Train Wrecks Plane
    CORONA, Calif. (AP) — Gene Maxwell’s light plane is a wreck. It seems that a train hit it.

    Maxwell, 31, was practicing landings when he lost...Read MORE...


  • 1966 - June 29 - KBSC (now KVEA) TV channel 52 in Corona-Los Angeles, CA begins

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Santa Fe Depot, Corona, Cal.
Postmarked 1906
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Corona, California, USA
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New High School Building, Corona, Cal.
Postmarked 1908
Postcard

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Grand Boulevard, Corona, Cal.
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Corona, California, USA
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Sixth Street. Corona, California
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Corona, California, USA
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The Norconia - Corona, Calif. - Now "U.S. Naval Hospital"
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Corona, California, USA
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Main St., Corona, Calif.
1941
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  • 1886 - Established
    Originally inhabited by Luiseno Indians, Corona became part of the Rancho La Sierra land grant. It was laid out as South Riverside when Queen... Read MORE...

  • News  1901 - Frightful Fate is Caused by Ignited Oil
    Mother and Babe Die From Attempt to Light Fire With Kerosene - Grief Unbalances Survivor's Mind.

    Corona, Cal., Oct. 23. - As the result of the old ... Read MORE...

  • 1912 - Corona
    By William Corkhill

    But a few years ago, comparatively speaking, California was a mysterious stretch of country in the far, far west - the... Read MORE...

  • 1913 - 1916 - International Auto Races
    Corona was the site of international automobile races from 1913 to 1916.
    www.britannica.com
  • 1915 - Corona was the site of the first lemon-processing plant in the United States

    www.britannica.com
  • 1916
    Corona, a banking city of Riverside co., Cal., in a grain and fruit region, on the Southern California R., 15 miles SW. of Riverside. Pop. in 1900,... Read MORE...

  • 1916 - Corona
    Corona, a banking city of Riverside co., Cal., in a grain and fruit region, on the Southern California R., 15 miles SW. of Riverside. Pop. in 1900,... Read MORE...

  • 1916 - April 8 - In Corona, California, racecar driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three and badly injuring five spectators

    historyorb.com
  • News  1957 - Train Wrecks Plane
    CORONA, Calif. (AP) — Gene Maxwell’s light plane is a wreck. It seems that a train hit it.

    Maxwell, 31, was practicing landings when he lost... Read MORE...

  • 1966 - June 29 - KBSC (now KVEA) TV channel 52 in Corona-Los Angeles, CA begins

    historyorb.com

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