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Landmark No. 1015 – Richard Nixon Birthplace

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: In 1912 Frank and Hannah Nixon built this modest farmhouse on their small citrus ranch. Here Richard Nixon was born, January 9, 1913, and spent his first nine years. He served his country as Congressman, U.S. Senator, Vice President, and 37th President of the United States (1969-1974). He was the first native-born Californian to hold the Presidency. President Nixon achieved significant advances […]

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Landmark No. 918 – Olinda

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: From 1897, when oil pioneer Edward L. Doheny brought in the first well, to the 1940s, the boom town of Olinda sprawled over the surrounding hills. To the north was the Chanslor-Candfield Midway Oil Lease and, to the south, the Olinda Crude Oil Lease. Walter Perry Johnson, of Baseball’s Hall of Fame, spent his boyhood here. Location and Coordinates: 4442 Carbon Canyon […]

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Landmark No. 191 – Yorba-Slaughter Adobe

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: This example of early California architecture was built in 1850-53 by Raimundo Yorba. Purchased in 1868 by Fenton Mercer Slaughter, it was preserved as a memorial to him by his daughter, Julia Slaughter Fuqua. Location and Coordinates: 17127 Pomona-Rincon Road, Chino. 33°56’25″N 117°39’57″W Personal Experience: The outside driveway and the surrounding roads are all blocked off due to construction.  It is now a […]

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Landmark No. 942 – Rancho Santa Ana del Chino

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: Near this site, Isaac Williams in 1841 built a large adobe home, located on the 22,000-acre Rancho Chino which he acquired from his father-in-law Antonio Lugo. The ‘Battle of Chino’ occurred at the adobe on September 26-27, 1846, during which 24 Americans were captured by a group of about 50 Californios. Located on the Southern Immigrant Trail to California, the adobe later […]

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Landmark No. 947 – Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: The March 11, 1889 Act of the California Legislature authorized the establishment of a school for juvenile offenders. Dedication and laying of cornerstone was done by Governor R. W. Waterman on February 12, 1890. Officially opened as ‘Whittier State School’ for boys and girls on July 1, 1891. Girls were transferred in 1916 and only boys have been in residence since that […]

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Landmark No. 681 – Paradox Hybrid Walnut Tree

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: Planted in 1907 by George Weinshank and assistants under the direction of Professor Ralph Smith as part of an experimental planting for the University of California Experiment Station, this tree stands as a monument to the early cooperation of state educational system with local walnut industry. Location and Coordinates: 12300 Whittier Boulevard, Whittier. 33°58’26″N 118°02’45″W Personal Experience: This landmark was quite an uneventful […]

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Landmark No. 127 – Casa de Governor Pio Pico

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: Following the Mexican War, Pío Pico, last Mexican governor, acquired 9,000-acre Rancho Paso de Bartolo and built here an adobe home that was destroyed by the floods of 1883-1884. His second adobe casa, now known as Pío Pico Mansion, represents a compromise between Mexican and American cultures. While living here the ex-Governor was active in the development of American California. Location and […]

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Landmark No. 372 – Adobe de Palomares

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: Completed about 1854 and restored in 1939, this was the family home of Don Ygnacio Palomares. Governor Juan B. Alvarado granted Rancho San Jose to Don Ygnacio and Don Ricardo Vejar in 1837. Location and Coordinates: 491 E Arrow Hwy, Pomona. 34°05’26″N 117°44’35″W Personal Experience: There is an old school oven that was being used to make pizza dough when I was there. […]

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Landmark No. 289 – First Home of Pomona College

Background History From California’s Office of Historic Preservation: Pomona College, incorporated October 14, 1887, held its first class in this small frame cottage on September 12, 1888. Those in attendance consisted of a mere handful of eager students, five faculty members, and the president, Professor Edwin C. Norton. Five months later, in January 1889, the college moved to an unfinished boom hotel on a plot of land in the town […]

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