Firsts in San Bernardino

1892 - First Paving of

Downtown Streets was

completed (parts of D, E,

Second and Third).

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Saturdays 10 AM - 3 PM

FREE Admission

FREE Parking

FREE Tours

1170 W. Third Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Map & Directions

San Bernardino
Historical &
Pioneer Society

P.O. Box 875
San Bernardino, CA 92402


(909) 888-3634 


Depot & Museum Tour

March 04, 2015

Tours will  be conducted

on  the  first Wednesday of

each month at 10:00 am.

Call (909)  888-3634  for

a reservation.  FREE


Group Tours

For a Group Tour on

Saturday or any other 

day call (909) 888-3634.


Virtual Museum Tour

Click here for visual tour

of the museum.


Photo Histories

Click here to view local San

Bernardino and railroad

photographic histories.


Newsletters of the

Western Archives of

the Santa Fe Railway

Click here for Newsletters 

of the Santa Fe Railway

Historical and Modeling

Society (Western Archives).


Norton AFB Museum

Now Open:

Thursday 10:00 to 2:00

Saturday  10:00 to 2:00



Next Meeting at Coco's

The next meeting of the

National Association of

Retired & Veteran Railway

Employees will be held

at Coco's Restaurant.





Upcoming Events:

The Museum is open Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00  (Virtual Museum Tour 

Mar 21, 2015 - Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society (SFRH&MS) Mini Meet

Mar 28, 2015 - Western Prototype Modelers (WPM) Meet

Jul  15, 2015 - SANBAG Tour


Pioneer Women of San Bernardino

Top Row:

Jerusha Bemis (1799-1872)

Clare Cherry (1919-1990)

Eliza Robbins Crafts (1825-1910)

Janet Miles (1901-2008)

Maria Armenta Bermdez (1806-1858) 

Middle Row:

Mary Bennett Goodcell (1849-1909)

Sarah Jane Rousseau (1816-1872)

Lizzy Flake Rowan (1834-1908)

Mary Wixom Crandall (1834-1927)

Caterina Croce Massetti (1877-1946)

Bottom Row:

Alice Rowan Johnson (1868-1911)

Arda M. Haenszel (1910-2001)

Doroothy Inghram (1905-2012)

Pinky Brier (1909-2008)

Mourning Burnham Glenn (1814-1905)


Click here to read the stories of all of these pioneering women and their contributions to San Bernardino.


March 21, 2015 - SFRH&MS Mini Meet

*  At the Santa Fe Depot...1170 West Third Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410

*  8:00 to 5:00 (Registration 8:00 to 8:30).  Clinics include:

Stuart Forsyth, "Cajon At War-Seven Days in May, 1945"

Don Richardson - "Santa Fe's Efforts to Establish the Line to LA Harbor"

Keith Jordan - "Modeling the Patch, Industrial Los Angeles in HO"

Cliff Prather - "Santa Fe in Orange County"

Denny Rhoads - "Santa Fe's Lightweight Observation Cars" 

*  Contact Gene Rutledge (559) 732-2560 or Charlie Schultz (909) 596-5870

*  Click here for a Registration Form


Western Archives Newsletter for Jan. - Feb. 2015

The Ed Van Nordeck Collection

In this issue of the newsletter, we see a sampling of Santa Fe materials donated by Ed Van Nordeck, a former Santa Fe employee.

The box contained promotional material, official Santa Fe forms, note pads and other assorted ephemeral items.

Two bound books that came from the Santa Fe station at Corona, California, were found in the box.

One of the books is an employee attendance and payroll ledger dated from 1912 to 1919.

The other is a book of weather observations from 1924 to 1939.

Click here to view the entire newsletter.


March 28, 2015 - Western Prototype Modelers

 8:30AM to 5:00PM

RPM Presents

Western Prototype Modelers



At the San Bernardino Depot


7:30 am SWAP MEET set up for Sellers

8:30 am - 4:00 pm SWAP MEET 

9:00 am Doors Open and model display set-up starts

11:00 am -12:00 pm Clinic - TBA

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm - Raffle, Lunch Break

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Clinic - TBA

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Clinic - TBA

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm - TBA

4:30 to 5:00 pm - Raffle Prize Winners Posted and Event Ends


Historic Dates



           All of these photographs have a connection to San Bernardino.

Can you place a name or date on any of these photos?

Want to know the story behind each picture?


CLICK on ANY PHOTO or Click Here