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Historical Map of Pomona, CA - 1886

Pomona, California 1886

Pomona was designated in the late 1800's as an excellent locale for citrus cultivation. Railroads reached Pomona in the 1880's, and the town was incorporated in 1888. Today it lies at the eastern end of Los Angeles.

This bird’s-eye-view of Pomona was drawn in 1886 by W.W. Elliott & Co. and published by Morton & Cobler for the Pomona Progress and Telegraph. Hotels, notable residences, schools, businesses, and the grand opera house are illustrated. Shown in the distance are the Sierra Nevada Mountains, including Mount San Antonio, Mount Cucamongo, and Old Baldy. The text states:

“Pomona is a thriving settlement located about 32 miles east of Los Angeles, on the line of the Southern Pacific and Atlantic & Pacific Railroads. It is exceptionally well situated, on a gently sloping mesa facing to the south and west, at an altitude of about 1000 feet, and midway between the chilly fogs of the coast and the heat of the interior. The temperature is modified by the gentle sea breezes, which daily reach the valley about 10AM. The soil is rich and deep and free from alkali; the water abundant and of most excellent quality with some fifty artesian wells in successful operation. Almost surrounded by an amphitheatre of hills and mountains, it is sheltered from all harsh winds. The scenery is very fine, “Old Baldy” to the north looming up nearly 10,000 feet, snow-capped during three-fourths of the year, and sending down its cool, sparkling waters through San Antonio Canyon, a favorite summer resort.

The town was laid out in 1875, but its actual development did not begin until October, 1882. Since then its progress has been rapid but steady. It now contains nineteen brick blocks and some eighty business firms, including two banks, two newspapers and four hotels. There are four school buildings and nine church edifices. The population of the town proper is about 2,000. Land is still cheap; unimproved land with water right selling from $75 to $200 per acre. Oranges, apricots, peaches, pears, prunes, olives, figs, guovas, vines and small fruits are successfully cultivated.” – Pomona Progress, September 30, 1886.

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