San Bernardino County, California Genealogy and History

The county of San Bernardino (Saint Bernard) is the largest in California, embracing an area of 23,476 square miles, or 15,024,640 acres. It has no coastage, being thirty miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is 215 miles wide by 150 miles from north to south. In all this immense area there is embraced a vast deal of diversified scenery, mountains, and rich plains and valleys, with running streams of sparkling mountain water; a belt of timber three miles long by forty miles wide; the highest mountain peak in Southern California, Grey Back, 11,600 feet high, with his perpetual snow-cap; an enormously large and rich mineral region, and an immense territory of the richest agricultural lands in the universe. Comparatively speaking, the natural resources and advantages of this county have as yet hardly begun to be developed.

The original inhabitants of San Bernardino County were Indians, mostly the Cahuilla and Serrano.

In 1819 the gentiles of the rancheria Guachama, also called, by the Spaniards, San Bernardino, voluntarily asked for the introduction of agriculture and stock raising upon their fertile territories, and some beginning was made. But it would appear from the reports on the missions that no station was established here, nor any buildings erected prior to 1822, although the padres regarded these advances of the Indians as an important step in the direction of subduing the tribes of the Colorado River. Read more...

Additional San Bernardino Resources

Juan A. Bandini
Pastoral History
Don Juan Bandini
A Fight With Indians, By Stewart M. Wall, Esq., of San Bernardino
Ruffians of San Bernardino County
Mormons, law abiding element
Small Scale Civil War in San Bernardino
Lawlessness in San Bernardino County
Development of San Bernardino County
Officials of the County of San Bernardino
Indian Tribes of San Bernardino County
Railroads of San Bernardino County, California
Southern Pacific
Southern California Railway
Santa Fe System
California Central
California Southern
San Bernardino, Arrowhead & Waterman Narrow-Gauge Company
San Bernardino & Redlands
Chino Valley Narrow-Gauge Railway
San Bernardino & Colton Electric Railway
Riverside & Arlington Electric Railway
Euclid Avenue Electric Railway
The Lumber Industry of San Bernardino County
Gold Mines of San Bernardino County
Ore, Tin and Marble Mines of San Bernardino County
San Bernardino County Newspapers
Public Schools of San Bernardino County
County Superintendents
Henry Campbell Brooke
Bench and Bar San Bernardino County
Towns and Settlements of San Bernardino County

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