"~Rancho Cucamonga~Route 66" Rancho Cucamonga by Yaqui

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Once home to the Kucamongan people that were family of Gabrielino that were one of the largest tribes in North America. When the missionaries ventured in bring in prosperity and place where settlers could find supplies and rest. It wasn't till in 1839 when Don Tiburcio Tapia, a successful businessman/judge from Los Angeles, filed an application with Mexico’s Governor of California, for a plot of land called Cucamonga. Tapia was granted 13,000 uninhabited acres between Pomona and San Bernardino. He started a successful cattle ranch and building a large adobe home at Red Hill. Tapia also started the Cucamonga Rancho Winery, California’s oldest winery.Then in 1850's when California found statehood, the old Spanish Ranchers found themselves having financial difficulty. The Tapia's sold the ranch to Alabama-born John Rains and his wife Maria Merced Williams de Rains who both bought the remaining lands and winery. They expanded the winery lands, until sadly Mr. Rains was murdered and Maria left the ranch and it went into foreclosure in 1870, but then sold to Isaias Hellman and other San Francisco businessmen who later formed the Cucamonga Company.

Not soon after that brought in wagon trail over Cajon Pass to the Mission San Gabriel in 1826, the Butterfield Stagecoach line in 1858, the Union Pacific Railroad in 1887, and the Pacific Electric Railway Line in 1913. Yet it during the 1920-30's brought in paved roads and Route 66. Rancho Cucamonga is considered on the Inland Empire's premier City that sprawls out near the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. In 1977, three communities Alta Loma, Cucamonga and Etiwanda combined creating the City of Rancho Cucamonga.

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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    A name that has been used in many scenes and settings-now I know it is real as well as being a nice place to visit. Good job

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2011 at 4:03 AM

    Very cool and interesting place esp the Route 66 connection. Even the name Cucamonga is so cool. Fun page Dee.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    As interesting as ever Dee, and I enjoyed reading about the links to Route 66

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    “Train leaving on Track five for Anaheim, Azusa and Cuc----amonga!” anaheim.net/article.asp?id=3...

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Unique! You know that I would enjoy these tips...history, architecture, lovely scenery, and your enthusiasm. Great combination.

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2010 at 4:54 AM

    Great to learn about Tapia one of the largest tribes in N. America, and also that this tribe started CA's oldest winery. And then.. Hot Dog on sticks? Never heard of that one?

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Lovely new Rancho Cucamonga travel page. Victoria Gardens Cultural Center and Outdoor World indeed attract us the most. Statue of Shakespeare looks just great. Thanks for your lovely virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    A very interesting page, Dee! 3000 watt lamp by George Chaffey in 1884 sounds fantastic! The San Gabriel Mountains look beautiful, how lucky you were seeing them in your childhood...


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