National Register Listings in
San Bernardino County, California

10 Mile Corral 6 Mile Corral 8 Mile Corral A. K. Smiley Public Library Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Passenger and Freight Depot Auerbacher Home Barnwell Corral and Wells Barnwell RSLCC Headquarters Barton Villa Beverly Ranch Black Tank Corral Bono's Restaurant and Deli California Theatre, The Carnegie Public Library Building Cottonwood Corral Cow Camp Cucamonga Service Station Cut Tank Corral Deer Spring Corral Dove Corral Dunn, Robert J., House El Garces Ensign, Dr. Orville S., House Euclid Avenue First Christian Church of Rialto Fontana Farms Company Ranch House, Camp No. 1 Frankish Building Goffs Schoolhouse Government Holes Hackberry Corral Harvey House Railroad Depot Highland Historic District Hofer Ranch Integratron Judson and Brown Ditch Kelso Depot, Restaurant and Employees Hotel Keys Desert Queen Ranch Kimberly Crest Lanfair Corral Maloof, Sam and Alfreda, Compound Marl Springs Corral Mill Creek Zanja Moyse Building Murphy Well Corral Natural Corral Old San Antonio Hospital Ontario and San Antonio Heights Waiting Station Ontario State Bank Block OX Ranch Headquarters Pacific Electric Etiwanda Depot Payne Corral Pioneer Deep Space Station Pioneertown Mane Street Historic District Pipeline Corral Piute Dry Corral Providence Townsite Rains, John, House Redlands Central Railway Company Car Barn Redlands Santa Fe Depot District Rock Tank Corral San Bernardino County Court House Shady Point Smiley Park Historic District Thomas Place Corral Upland Public Library US Post Office-Downtown Station US Post Office-Redlands Main Vulcan Mine Historic District Wall Street Mill Washington, Henry, Survey Marker Watson Well Corral Wigwam Village No. 7 Yorba-Slaughter Adobe
The state's name is derived from a novel called "Las Sergas de Esplandián," which was published in 1510. The book, written by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo, tells the story of a mythical island called California that is ruled by Queen Calafia and is said to be filled with gold and precious stones.
San Bernardino County is located in Southern California and has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. The area was home to Native American tribes such as the Serrano and Cahuilla tribes, who lived off the land and had a close connection to their surroundings. European explorers reached the area in the late 18th century, with Spanish missionaries creating missions and settlements in the region.

In the early 19th century, the area became part of Mexico following its independence from Spain. It was during this time that San Bernardino County got its name, named after the Mission San Bernardino established by the Spanish. However, the Mexican influence in the region was short-lived, as the United States acquired the land as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, which ended the Mexican-American War.

With the arrival of American settlers in the mid-19th century, San Bernardino County's population began to grow rapidly. The discovery of gold in the nearby Calico Mountains in the 1880s attracted prospectors and fortune-seekers to the area. The growth of the mining industry brought wealth and development to the county. In addition to mining, agriculture also played a significant role in the county's economy, with citrus groves and vineyards becoming prominent.

The county experienced a boom in the mid-20th century with the development of transportation and defense industries. The construction of Route 66 in the 1920s and the opening of the San Bernardino International Airport in the 1940s contributed to the growth of trade and travel. During World War II, military installations were established in the county, creating employment opportunities and boosting the local economy. Today, San Bernardino County is one of the largest counties in the United States by area and continues to be a hub for various industries, including logistics, manufacturing, and tourism.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of San Bernardino County, California.

  • 1810: San Bernardino County is established as part of Mexico's Alta California territory.
  • 1848: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed, transferring ownership of San Bernardino County to the United States.
  • 1851: San Bernardino County is officially recognized as a county in the state of California.
  • 1860: Silver mining booms in the region, leading to a population increase and economic growth.
  • 1883: The Southern Pacific Railroad arrives in San Bernardino, boosting trade and transportation in the area.
  • 1906: The National Old Trails Road, a precursor to Route 66, is established, further enhancing road travel through the county.
  • 1940: The construction of military bases in the county, such as the Marine Corps Air Station in Twentynine Palms, supports the war effort during World War II.
  • 1966: The completion of Interstate 10 makes San Bernardino County a key transportation corridor connecting Southern California to the rest of the country.
  • 1989: The devastating Loma Prieta earthquake in neighboring Northern California prompts increased earthquake preparedness efforts in San Bernardino County.