In 1885, the San Bernardino Street Railway started operations with a Horse (actually a Mule) Car.
In 1888 the San Bernardino & Redlands Railway established a route between the two cities.
In 1902 the San Bernardino Valley Traction Company began operations with the first electric streetcar line in San Bernardino.
On February 8, 1911, the Pacific Electric (PE) bought the San Bernardino Valley Traction Company.
PE, with its famous Red Cars, expanded its operations to over 1,100 miles of track in Southern California and provided service between San Bernardino and Los Angeles from 1914 to 1941.
In the above photograph the Pacific Electric Red Car #1299 is seen with San Bernardino's St. Bernard Hotel (577 West 3rd Street) in the background.
Click here to see a photo history of streetcars in San Bernardino.
Carved on the side of this historic limestone, horse-watering trough is the following:
Feb. 22, A.D. 1878
* It was originally located in front of John McCall's blacksmith shop on the east side of D Street.
* When disastrous fires in 1878-1879 destroyed many San Bernardino buildings on D Street it was moved to the wagon shop of Joe S. Bright on Third Street near G Street.
* When the wagon shop closed the trough was moved to the Bright's home on Eighth Street.
* Later the trough was donated to San Bernardino's Pioneer Society and it rested in front of the Log Cabin in Pioneer Park until a fire destroyed the cabin in 1973.
* The trough was relocated to the Native Sons of the Golden West in San Bernardino where it remained in storage for 30 years.
* It was then moved to its current location, at the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society at 8th and D Streets.
* A formal dedication ceremony was held on February 22nd, 2003, exactly 125 years after the trough was inscribed in 1878.
Click here for a short story about John McCall's horse Trough.
The base began as Municipal Airport San Bernardino in July 1942. Over time the name was changed to San Bernardino Army Air Field, San Bernardino Air Field and San Bernardino Air Force Base. On March 2, 1950, the base was renamed Norton Air force Base in honor of Captain Leland F. Norton.
Leland Norton was born in San Bernardino on March 12, 1921, and attended local schools until he joined the Canadian Air Force in August 1941. In May 1942, he transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corps. Captain Norton, an A-20 pilot and Deputy Commander of the 640th Bomb Squadron, was shot down over France on May 27, 1944.
Captain Norton was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his heroic actions and is buried in San Bernardino at Mountain View Cemetery.
Click here for a photo history of Captain Norton and Norton Air Force Base.
Click here to link to the Norton Air force Base Museum.
On March 2, 1998, Judith Valles
First Latina Mayor of San Bernardino.
Jerusha Bemis (1799-1872)
Clare Cherry (1919-1990)
Eliza Robbins Crafts (1825-1910)
Janet Miles (1901-2008)
Maria Armenta Bermdez (1806-1858)
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)
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.