Firsts in San Bernardino

1884 - First Steam

Powered Fire Engine

(initally hand drawn,

later horse drawn).




Wednesday 9 AM - Noon
Saturday 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

November 6, 2019

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.


Click here for the Santa 

Fe Railway Historical and

Modeling Society.


Norton AFB Museum

Now Open:

Thursday 10:00 to 2:00

Saturday  10:00 to 2:00



N.A.R.V.R.E. Meeting

at the Mexico Cafe

The next meeting of the

National Association of

Retired & Veteran Railway

Employees will be held

at the Mexico Cafe.





Gold Scale from Starke's Hotel now in the Museum



This gold-weighting scale, used in the late 1800s, sat behind the registration counter of Starke's Hotel.  The hotel was built in 1880 by Augustus Starke, replacing the 1858 Pine's Hotel that had been built on the same site.

The Starke's Hotel, shown in the above photograph, was the first two-story brick hotel in San Bernardino and was located at the southeast corner of 3rd Street and Arrowhead Avenue.

The gold scale was donated to the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum in 2008 by William Starke, the great-great-grandson of Augustus Starke.


Antique Fire Department Apparatus in the Museum

1853 Hook & Ladder; San Bernardino owned one in the late 1800's c. 1860 - Four Wheeled "Hose Carriage", Built by George Ruhl


1878 Hose Cart used by San Bernardino Fire DepartmentSan Bernardino 1890 Hose Wagon as Seen in Eight Rose Parades



Click here to see a glimpse of the Fred Harvey Company and its role in San Bernardino as depicted in one of our Photo Histories.  

View a Harvey Girl uniform and a variety of Harvey artifacts on your next visit to the Museum.


Vehicles Used in San Bernardino now in the Museum

One-Horse "Lady Phaeton" Buggy - Used by Mayor McNabb in the 1910 Centennial Celebration and Mayor Morris in the 2010 Bicentennial ParadeOne-Horse "Studebaker Brougham" - Used in San Bernardino - Circa 1880's. It was on display at Calico Ghost Town 1969-2007. (Studebaker was then the world's largest producer of horse drawn vehicles)The First Automobile in San Bernardino - A Steam Powered 1899 Locomobile


Streetcar Fare Box & Money Changer in Museum

Left:  Typical Fare Box that was common to many streetcars and buses.

Right:  Money Changers came in a variety of sizes. This one had five barrels: one for quarters, dimes, nickels, pennies & tokens. 


Bells and Whistles located throughout the Museum

Steam Locomotive Bell, probably Manufactured during World War II Bell from the USS San Bernardino, LST-1189, a Tank Landing Ship 


Bell on the Fire Department's 1890 Hose Wagon is operated by a Foot Pedal

Bell sounds and the Light flashes when the Museum's Wigwag is activatedFive Chime Whistle from a Union Pacific Steam LocomotiveSix Chime Whistle from a Santa Fe Steam Locomotive


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