"~Ontario~" Ontario by Yaqui

Ontario Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 76 photos

In 1881, George Chaffey an engineer had a vision that the vast desert of Cucamonga could be fertile if it had water brought to it. So along with his brother William purchased 6,218 acres and the water rights. Along with his brother he bought over 6,000 acres of land and water rights. George knew that Euclid Avenue named after a Greek mathematician he favored while in school, would be the cities centerpiece for years to come. Euclid Avenue is eight miles long and two hundred feet wide, the twin "driveways" separated by a very lovely parkway of green grass and is lined with pepper trees.

Soon the city brought in the "gravity mule car" in 1887 that made its first run on Euclid Avenue which labored till 1895. On Dec 10th, 1891, Ontario was incorporated as a city of the sixth class under the California Constitution.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A city that still holds it charm~
  • Cons:Traffic is not great and in the old down town area be careful!
  • In a nutshell:More than a shopping mall~
  • Intro Updated Nov 1, 2010
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  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    HeHe! "...the mules expected a ride back..." :D

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Nov 16, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      Thank you for stoppying by. Isn't that so funny about them. I guess it was there treat for pulling that heavy car up the hill.

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    I'm glad you liked my Burlington page. I see Ontario is just our kind of town...old and historic!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Some nice historic buildings herte Dee.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    I always learn new facts when you present you fact-filled California pages. The mule story was great.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    most interesting as usual - love the story about the mules and the farmer. and of course the grassy divider in the main street filled with goodies. fun reading.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    As always your own love of history has brought this historic place to life for us :-)

  • Basaic's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Has the state of California considered hiring you as the Cultural Representative or something. Thanks for another great page on a California Town.

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