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100th Birthday Party for the Etiwanda Depot

Etiwanda Depot    Etiwanda Depot is celebrating 100 years Saturday, January 25, 2014.  The Depot will be open to tour from 10am to 2pm with displays and information about the historic depot and the Pacific Electric system.  The Pacific Electric system is the right-away that now makes up the Pacific Electric Trail with 21 miles of paved and gravel paths running from Rialto to Claremont.  The Depot recently got a new roof and awning like you see in the picture, but they are still deciding on it’s best use for the future.  The Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail are conducting a survey at their website, if you have a good idea let them know.

Etiwanda Depot
7089 Etiwanda Ave. Rancho Cucamonga CA 91739

Come check it out on Saturday, for the best experience use the trail – walk, run, ride your bike, ride your horse.

Etiwanda Founder’s Day

chaffey_garcia_houseEtiwanda Founder’s Day

Presented by the Etiwanda Historical Society.

Saturday, November 23, 2013 – 11am to 4pm

Only $2 admission

Chaffey-Garcia House, 7150 Etiwanda Ave. Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

For more information: 909-899-8432 or

Always a great day with lots of family fun activities, some have a nominal fee.  You also get to tour the other historical buildings in Etiwanda.

Route 66 IECA’s Poker Run

This will be a great event to raise money for the renovation of the old gas station on Foothill Blvd just east of Archibald.

Preregister before Oct. 4th for a discounted price.  Get up to date information on their facebook event page and website


Etiwanda Train Station

Here is a nice video of the history of the Etiwanda Train Station, enjoy.

It will be great when the trail work around the station is complete.  The station renovation will preserve the history of Etiwanda long into the future.

Mother’s Day Tea

Etiwanda HistoricalMothers Day Tea_2013 Society presents their annual Mother’s Day Tea – “I Love New York”

Saturday, May 4th at 11:30am at Etiwanda Gardens.


Veterans Day Celebration

Rancho Cucamonga has planned a fun Veterans Day Celebration and Community Picnic.  The fun will include music, military vehicle display and letter writing to Veterans and more.  Bring the kids and meet a Veteran it could be a history lesson come to life.  Come and see how the Freedom Courtyard is coming along.

Sunday, November 11th – Noon to 3:30pm at Central Park (11200 Baseline Road)

Etiwanda Gold

It’s that time of year to take advantage of “Etiwanda Gold”.  My family looks forward to this every year; we start watching for the stands as Christmas approaches.  This is really the only time I buy oranges, the ones in the grocery stores just pale in comparison.  When I moved into the area I was not lucky enough to have citrus already growing in the yard, so I planted a few trees.  This year I had a bounty of 6 oranges and several limes.  Therefore, I have bought my first 5 gal. bucket of oranges for $5 and they are Delicious!  Besides being picked that day fresh – no wax coating.  I usually buy from the home on the Northeast corner on Etiwanda Ave. and Banyan St. they sell a 5 gal. bucket worth for $5 or a grocery bag full for $3.  I also buy from their neighbor to the east who uses the honor system and sells bags of oranges and sometimes lemons. (Please be Honorable!)  Many of the early settlers planted citrus and other fruit trees on their ranches, but it wasn’t until after the Chaffey brothers started their waterworks in 1881 that piped water to individual lots providing proper irrigation did the true agriculture market get started.  If you know of a local orange stand in the area please let me know.  Enjoy the local harvest!

Historic Etiwanda Johnston House to be Saved

According to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, 12/18/11:  The Johnston House, 6998 Etiwanda Ave. will be relocated within a new 16 single-family home development to be built on the property. This development will also occupy the lot of the old Frost General Store that burnt down in 1966.  An archaeologist is to monitor the development to record any historical items that may be recovered.  Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2012.

The picture and following information is from the Rancho Cucamonga Website historical resources: Local Historic Landmarks and Points of Historic Interest Booklet (updated 2011) .  Built in 1888, this was the home of the George F. and Jessica Johnston Family, one of the pioneer families of Etiwanda. He was instrumental in promoting the table grape crop in Southern California and owned a local raisin packing house and stemmer. The Johnston family played an integral role in the early development of the Etiwanda community, being very active on the local school board and in the Congregational Church.

It is great news that the house will be saved and incorporated into the development, saving these early homes will help maintain the historical elements and personality of Etiwanda.  Each community needs some sort of personal details to differentiate it from the rest of the concrete jungle.  Hopefully the developers will incorporate some of those grapevines as well.