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Classical Liberal Arts Academy | 2105 Mt. Pleasant Church Rd. | Monroe | NC | 28112
In 1875, the Southern
Pacific Railroad came into the area. Eleven years later, the Santa Fe
Railroad arrived in the area and San Bernardino became Santa Fe’s
"gateway" to Southern California. For more than a century the railroad
industry has been a major contributor to the San Bernardino economy.
(Courtesy of the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society))
permanent depot was a wooden structure built in 1886. It was destroyed
by fire at 11:00 P.M. on November 16, 1916.
The New (1918)
Santa Fe Depot
Construction soon began on a new
$800,000 depot featuring mission-style architecture with domes, towers,
and a tile roof. Opening on July 15, 1918, the new depot would be a
"monument to the Santa Fe and the town the railroad built." The
San Bernardino Daily Sun declared, "santa Fe’s new station to be
the finest in the West." The paper gave "Credit to San Bernardino
showing importance of the Gate City as a transportation center."
(Courtesy of the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society))
The new depot (including roundhouse,
shops, etc.) was the largest west of the Mississippi. Lofty
beams and recessed ceiling panels are decorated with fancy touches like
the florets around the milky white fixtures. Everything was handcrafted
for this specific job. It was known for being marvelously
clean and neat (not like many of the eastern railroad stations). The
tiled floors and walls were polished regularly.
– baggage rooms, superintendent’s office, mailroom, telegraph
office & western union.
division engineer’s office. The "onion domes" were always empty rooms,
just for looks (and pigeons).
3rd Street side –
first three bays were credit union and dispatcher’s office.
– The Harvey House–From the 1880’s through the 1930’s,
Harvey House Restaurants flourished along the Atchison, Topeka, and
Santa Fe Railway. The waitresses (Harvey Girls) wore neatly
pressed and heavily starched black uniforms with crisp white cuffs,
white bibbed aprons, and starched white caps. The Harvey Girls served
hot meals, sandwiches, bakery goods, and good strong coffee to the weary
travelers. The Harvey House was opened in 1921 and closed
in the 1950’s. Meals were served at hour-long food stops
along the Santa Fe routes on marble-top tables and a big
horseshoe shaped counter. Chicken potpie was 75 cents.
The busiest period of passenger train
travel was the mid-1920’s to mid-1950’s in the days before
automobile dominance and popularity of air travel. A Santa Fe timetable
dated June 12,1938, lists 13 eastbound and 13 westbound trains per day
departing from the depot every 2 hours or so, with a few hours breaks
during the morning. The trains bore colorful
Southwest-flavored names: El Capitan, the Navajo, the Scout, the Grand
Canyon Limited, the Chief, and the limousine of sleeping cars favored by
Hollywood movie stars, the Super Chief.
During the war
years, there were also troop trains and travelers would frequently see
"standing room only" full of soldiers inside the depot. Restaurants,
bars, boarding houses, and small businesses all thrived in the area.
The Cave Cafe, Pirate’s Den, Eichenberg’s cafe, and hotels like
the Planet, the St. Augustine, the Maryland, and the Travelers were
close by. Everyone from presidents
to fruit packers passed through the depot.
The new diesel
locomotives needed smaller work crews. The 1960’s saw the beginning of
the gradual slowdown as the rail industry began downsizing. Santa Fe
turned its passenger travel over to Amtrak in 1972. In 1992, the Santa
Fe transferred most of its workers to Topeka, Kansas and moved many
switching operations to Barstow. The focus now is strictly on freight
Restoration of the Depot
In 1992, San Bernardino
Associated Governments (SANBAG) acquired the depot and property from
the railway as part of a larger property acquisition in preparation for
Metrolink commuter rail service (which began operation in October
1992). The depot itself still was not fully functional.
In the mid-1990’s,
however, SANBAG and the City of San Bernardino began to work together to
bring the 57,000 square foot depot back to life. They secured the $15
million (from a combination of federal and state grants and local money)
necessary to complete restoration of the depot.
Wayne Donaldson was chosen to develop the final design for the depot.
Solteck Pacific was hired as the construction contractor and Transtech
Engineers was named as the construction management firm.
Work began in November 2002. The restoration work
included historically accurate renovations of the interior and exterior,
installation of utilities, seismic retrofitting and asbestos removal.
(Photo by Ruth Parish)
The project was
completed in June of 2004. After dedication ceremonies, SANBAG began
occupying the building on June 21, 2004. Today, the restored depot
serves Metrolink, a commuter rail service, and houses the offices of
Metrolink and SANBAG.
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A Passion for the Rails – I have been photographing trains, I think, forever. I remember taking a snapshot, with my dad’s old camera, of a big black train tearing by while I was still in high school. There is this adrenaline rush, a natural high as the train passes; horns screaming, crossing bells going off, the ground rumbling. Did you know you can stand at a crossing and scream as loud as you can, and you can’t hear it over the engine noise? It is a very primal feeling. More…
Spring Rattles In – Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the desert, but it can also be a time for caution. Rattlesnakes lie dormant during the cold fall and winter months and awaken from hibernation in the warm months of March and April. Last year in March, over one weekend, I saw three rattlesnakes while working outdoors in a semiarid region of Southern California. That same spring I saw a few more baby rattlers in various areas of the 20-acre property where I live. Many of my friends have never encountered a rattlesnake and seem quite nervous when they visit my home. More…
Shutterbug 101: It’s Not a Brand New Bag – Several times year I go through my camera bags and replace things that need replacing and clean the bags. It doesn’t do much good to try to keep your gear nice and clean if your camera bag is dirty on the inside. The outside of the bag doesn’t mean much to me. Makes it look lived in. I clean the bags by blowing them out with canned air — out-of-doors is best. I carry a lot of stuff with me when I am on the road. More…
Bodie, Gold Mining Ghost Town – More than 200,000 people a year visit Bodie, a genuine California gold-mining ghost town, where more than 170 buildings are protected in a state of "arrested decay" on more than 1,000 remote acres, administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. The town of Bodie rose to prominence with the decline of mining along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. Prospectors crossing the eastern slope in 1859 to search for gold, discovered what was to be the Comstock Lode at Virginia City and started a wild rush to the surrounding high desert country. More…
Rock Climbing, Sheer Fear – If you want to experience an outdoor sport which challenges both your mental and physical capabilities, rock climbing is it. I recently participated in a basic 2-day rock climbing class offered by Joshua Tree Rock Climbing School. I found it to be one of the most challenging adventures I have ever experienced. More…
Hiking and Climbing Trails – DesertUSA has a comprehensive list of hiking and climbing trails for all the southwestern states. Plan your spring trip by taking a look at all the places you might decide to explore. More…
DesertRoadTrippin’ – Wildflower Peak Expected In Early March @ Anza-Borrego Desert State Park – In mid-February, the DesertUSA Staff took a quick day trip into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. We were able to see signs of the pending blooms. There were a handful of desert lilies that had started to crop up in the sand dune areas. The desert lilies didn’t have any flowers yet, but a couple had buds starting to sprout up. The ocotillos were very green and starting to show some blooms along the S22. More…
Trip of the Month – Death Valley was a daunting obstacle to pioneer settlers and miners entering California during the Gold Rush of 1849. But only one 49er is known to have perished crossing Death Valley. Fifty years later, it was a center of borax mining and today, its extreme environment attracts campers, hikers, nature lovers and tourists from worldwide. Death Valley National Park is the largest national park outside of Alaska. More…
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They are back in stock after 2 years.
Live Giant Saguaro
The saguaro is 2 to 3 inches high and about 2 inches wide. Come with pot and dirt. Just add 1 tablespoon of water every month.
Description of Giant Saguaro
The Saguaro often begins life in the shelter of a "nurse" tree or shrub which can provide a shaded, moister habitat for the germination of life. The Saguaro grows very slowly — perhaps an inch a year — but to a great height, 15 to 50 feet. The largest plants, with more than 5 arms, are estimated to be 200 years old. An average old Saguaro would have 5 arms and be about 30 feet tall.
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Enjoy Prickly Pear Cactus, Mesquite Bean and Margarita jelly candies – Half pound box featuring three mouth-watering candy selections. Tantalize your tastebuds with flavors of the southwest from the fruits of the desert.
Desert Blush Lemonade (Makes 1/2 Gallon)
16 oz. Lemon Juice
3/4 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup Prickly Pear Cactus Syrup
48 oz. Water
Directions: Pour over ice or blend in a blender.
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Dinosaur Skeleton – Junior Archaeologist Dinosaur Kit
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Joshua Tree National Park DVD (Scrub Oak Prod) The most comprehensive and in depth documentary ever produced about Joshua Tree National Park. "Years in the making" Our Price: $ 24.95
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State and National Park DVDs – DesertUSA has an extensive selection of park DVDs including: Arches, Big Bend, Monument Valley, Death Valley, The Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, Zion, Yellowstone, Red Rock Canyon and many more. Click here to browse our park DVDs.
2 Anza Borrego DVDs
Ghost Mountain DVD the story of Marshal South and his family’s adventure of living on Ghost Mountain in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. To preview the DVD in Flash Click Here.
Anza Borrego Seasons in the Desert. This stunning DVD covers the various regions of the park, as well as indigenous flora and fauna.
Joshua Tree NP DVD This is THE tool you need to plan a trip to Joshua Tree National Park.
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