New PDF release: Fontana (Images of America)

By John Charles Anicic Jr.

ISBN-10: 143961427X

ISBN-13: 9781439614273

The self-proclaimed "City of Innovation" has an outstanding culture of reinventing itself. Today's Fontana was often called "Rancho de San Bernardino." the 1st recorded proprietor, Don Antonia Maria Lugo, handed the land all the way down to his sons, and in 1851, the Lugo brothers bought their stake to Mormon settlers, who quickly relocated to Utah. quite a few agricultural builders, together with A.B. Miller, observed capability within the land, altering its identify to "Fontana" from its previous railroad identify "Rosena." yet citrus and grain weren't the most exports for lengthy. in the course of global conflict II, town switched gears to develop into an commercial powerhouse as Southern California's prime metal manufacturer. on the junction of Interstates 10 and 15, glossy Fontana is a crucial nexus of transportation and trade, with the mythical course sixty six passing via its well-preserved downtown district and path ninety nine via its southern boundary.

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The shallow channel flowing through the marshes of wild rice connected the lake’s upper and lower sections for boat travel. Named for 1853 settler Stephen Hull, it was dredged and border pilings were added in 1873. The new Narrows to the north was opened in 1884 and is still used. ) M ay Queen, c. 1876. Designed and built in 1874 by Capt. Nathaniel Harrison for Capt. Charles May, the May Queen was launched in Wayzata and operated by Capt. William Rockwell. It steamed around the lake, carrying up to 75 people, until exploding in 1879, injuring several passengers.

It began with 12 charter members and was officially called the Congregational Church of Christ in Wayzata. In 1882, the members purchased a bell from Clinton Meneely Bell Company for $80. In 1911, a new church was designed by Harry Wild Jones, incorporating the older wooden building into the new structure. In 1916, the church burned due to defective electrical wiring, and a new one was built (below) using the old design. It stands today as the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka. ) 36 Methodist Episcopal Church, Excelsior.

Excelsior’s first schoolhouse opened in 1854, and the town became an independent school district in 1899. Wayzata’s first log school building was built in 1858, the same year School District 52 was organized. In 1880, the town built its first brick school. In Minnetonka, school was held in a log building used until 1871, when it was replaced by a frame building. Following Minnesota statehood in 1858, territories were divided into townships, with land allocated for schools. In 1860, Hennepin County commissioners accepted Frank Halsted’s petition to form School District 85 in Minnetrista, with John Carman of Cooks Bay as the first superintendent.

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