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.
Casey Jones (1863 - 1900) Illinois Central Railroad Locomotive No. 382 (4-6-0)
On April 30, 1900, at 3:52 AM a south bound passenger train crashed into four cars of a freight train.
Jonathan Luther "Casey" Jones was born in Missouri in 1863 and in 1876 moved to Cayce, Kentucky. At age 15, he left home for Columbus, Kentucky to work for the Mobile and Ohio Railroad as a telegrapher and later as a brakeman and fireman.
Jones moved to Jackson, Tennessee, still working for the Mobile and Ohio. When asked by a fellow railroad man where he was from, Jones said he was from Cayce, Kentucy and the nickname "Casey" was born.
In 1888, he was hired by the Illinois Central Railroad. On February 23, 1891, Casey was promoted to engineer and was later assigned to passenger runs between Memphis, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi, a run of about five hours. This was one link of a four train run between Chicago and New Orleans.
On the morning of April 29, 1900, Jones pulled into Menphis from Canton where he was to lay over until the next day. The regular engineer who was to make the night run was ill so Casey agreed to take his place. Engine No. 382, with Jones in the cab, departed about an hour and a half late.
Casey Jones was known for his insistence that he 'get there on the avertised' time and when he got to Vaughan, Mississippi he was only a couple minutes late. Two freight trains were on a siding but their combined length was longer than the siding. As they attempted to clear the main track an air hose on No. 72 broke, locking the brakes and leaving four cars of No. 83 extending onto the track at the north end.
When Sim Webb, Casey's fireman, saw the caboose on the track he jumped from the cab, but Casey did not. Some say Casey Jones stayed with his engine because of his sense of duty and the value he put on human life. Jones died in the accident, but no other person was killed or seriously injured.
Wallace Saunders, who worked in the Canton roundhiouse, wrote a tune remembering Casey that became a favorite of fellow workers. Bert and Frank Leighton, a couple of vaudeville performers, spread the 'Ballad of Casey Jones" across the country. The song was copyrighted in 1909. In the 1930's, a book, a motion picture and a radio series added to the legend. In 1962, Johnny Cash released his version of "Casey Jones".
The official accident report said the 'Engineer Jones was solely responsible having disregarded the signals given by Flagman Newberry'. Until his death in 1957, Sim Webb, Casey's fireman, maintained that 'we saw no flagman or flare, we heard no torpedoes'.
Note: A torpedo is a small device placed on a rail and makes a loud sound when the wheel of a train passes over it.
Pictured above is the 1951 Track Chart for Santa Fe's "A" Yard in San Bernardino showing the location of the concrete tunnel that ran under the tracks from Third Street to the shops. It was located approximately 325 east of the current Depot.
The tunnel was approximately 700 feet long with one entrance on the south side and two on the north side. It was desgned to provide easy access to the shops for the Santa Fe employees that lived south of Third Street.
The $100,000 pedestrian tunnel formally opened on May 28, 1928, to the thousands of visitors on "Santa Fe Day". The tunnel was opened to the employees early the previous week. As soon as the tunnel was placed in commission, work was started tearing down the old foot viaduct, as the Overhead Walkway was called.
The Overhead Walkway was located in approximately the same location as the new tunnel and served the Santa Fe employees for nearly 25 years.
Songs performed by the Rolling Stones during their first U. S. concert (held in San Bernardino on June 5, 1964) include:
1. Not Fade Away (The Crickets)
2. I'm Talking About You (Chuck Berry)
3. I Wanna Be Your Man (The Beatles)
4. Hi-Heel Sneakers (Tommy Tucker)
5. Route 66 (Nat King Cole)
6. Walkin' the Dog (Rufus Thomas)
7. Tell Me (The Rolling Stones)
8. Beautiful Delilah (Chuck Berry)
9. Can I Get a Witness (Marvin Gaye)
10. I Just Want to Make Love to You (Muddy Waters)
11. I'm All right (Bo Diddley)
* The "June 1 - 1964" date on the poster is incorrect. The Rolling Stones first U. S. tour began on June 1st when they arrived in New York at JFK Airport and gave a news conference.
* On June 2nd & 3rd the Stones appeared on TV's Les Crane Show & Hollywwod Palace Show.
* On June 4th they visited the RCA Recording Studios in Los Angeles.
* The Rolling Stones' first U. S. concert actually took place in San Bernardino's Swing Auditorium at the National Orange Show on June 5, 1964, not on June 1, as the poster indicates. And you could buy a ticket for $5.00.
* Keith Richards said of their first American gig, "It was a straight gas, man. They all knew the songs and they were all hopping. It was like being back home. Ah, love these Americans and Route 66 mentioned San Bernardino, so everybody was into it".
Note: On your next visit to the Museum look for the Rolling Stones' poster with the correct date.
In 1842 a United States flag of this design was flown over San Bernardino for the first time. At the time there were only 26 states in the Union, while California was governed by Mexico. It was not until September 9, 1850, that California became the 31st state.
The First Fourth of July Celebration
in San Bernardino
Daniel Sexton had arrived in Old San Bernardino in December of 1841, and went to work in the mountains above Cherry Valley cutting timber for Isaac Williams of the Chino Rancho and others. Cahuilla Indians furnished the labor for the operation at a wage of 25 cents per day. Sexton made friends with the Indians and gained much influence with them, eventually marrying the niece of Chief Solano. In 1842 they asked him if the Americans did not celebrate feast days. In response, on July 4, 1842, Sexton erected a flag pole and raised an American flag over the camp, and celebrated along with the Indians in a patriotic fashion.
- excerpt from an article by Arda M. Haenszel