Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation:
Don Juan Bandini, owner of the Jurupa Rancho, donated parts of his rancho to a group of New Mexican colonists in 1845 on the understanding that they would aid in repelling Indian raids on his stock. The community was named Agua Mansa-Gentle Water-and was prosperous until 1862, when a great flood suddenly swept down the Santa Ana, carrying away the village of adobe buildings and covering the fields with sand and gravel. The village was rebuilt on higher ground, but never regained its former prosperity.
Location and Coordinates:
- 2001 Agua Mansa Rd., Colton
- 34°02’31″N 117°21’47″W
The actual address is the one I listed above. The one on the California Landmark website is incorrect.
Once you enter this site, you will see several tombstones scattered throughout the lawn. There is a very small museum that gives some history about the cemetery along with some artifacts.
I had to pay a $5.00 entrance fee for adults and $2.50 for students.