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Though its exact date of arrival at the Redlands Community Hospital is unknown, this typewriter was already present when pharmacist Tom McKenzie arrived in 1969. It resembles similar Remington typewriter models from the 1950s and 1960s.

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Marie Reynolds, a devoted Redlands area historian, will present “Mentone-Crafton History New Discoveries” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Contemporary Club, 173 S. Eureka St.  

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The Museum of Redlands is on schedule to break ground this fall after a $3 million personal gift from Jack and Laura Dangermond was announced this week.

1877: New Sunnyside Ditch is surveyed by Fred Perris and built with rock pavement cemented with red clay. Flume across Mill Creek wash is completed. Frank A. Miller was foreman of construction.

The Museum of Redlands recently received a Redlands parking meter donated by Garry Sevel of Fresno. He was in Redlands working on the estate of his parents, the late real estate agents Dave and Dorothy Sevel and found this Redlands parking meter colorfully painted red and yellow by Dave for …

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Over the years, downtown Redlands has changed so that residents today would not recognize the town in 1900. While the footprint of downtown Redlands has remained nearly the same, the built structures standing in 1900 have faced decades of modifications. Many 1900 residents would not recogniz…

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The Museum of Redlands recently received from Sidney Sandstrom this Harris’ hat box and two hats that belonged to her mother, Mary Cook Smith. Moving to a new home in Redlands was an excellent opportunity to locate items of historical interest for the museum. Many remember the big Harris’ st…

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Multiple posters advertising circus performances in Redlands constitute some of the more eclectic artifacts that reside in the Museum of Redlands’ collection.

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In 2007, the Museum of Redlands welcomed a set of opera glasses and an accompanying monogrammed pouch into the collection.

­n 1873: Col. William R. Tolles settles on soldier’s claim on government land.  (Community Park)

The city of Redlands is constructing new “Welcome” signposts at entrances to Our Town. The metal organizational signs, which had hung for years on the old structures, were retrieved and replaced with new updated signs.

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The Museum of Redlands recently received from Daniel Bracy, a Redlands resident since 1960, this Toledo-brand scales, which for years stood outside the Gairs menswear store on East State Street as a service allowing customers to weigh themselves free.

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Hillside Cemetery is the location of a new, unique monument to migrant workers — a plaque given by Jean Belmont Ford on a lot she owns adjacent to the graves of her father and mother, Harold and Florence Ford. Harold Ford was a major grower of apples and citrus. The marker states: “In memory…

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A.K. Smiley Public Library Director Don McCue and artist Tom Fontanes hold a framed and commissioned pyrograph titled “The Shrine, the Library and the Smileys.” The wood-burned piece is by Fontanes, a veteran who lives in Redlands and writes occasional columns for the Redlands Community News.

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In 1885, a steam locomotive pulled into the old San Timoteo Canyon station.

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The Museum of Redlands recently received a framed photograph from 1915. On the far left, a young girl wearing a white dress and headband sits with knees tucked, her eyes casting an inquisitive gaze at the camera from under trimmed bangs.

The Redlands Area Historical Society will conduct the 10th annual walking tour of Hillside Memorial Park 1540 Alessandro Road at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning near the Egyptian Mausoleum and finishing before sundown.  

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The Museum of Redlands recently received a box of records and ephemera from Serr’s Stationery Store. Edward J. and Donna Serr moved to Redlands in 1928 when they opened their store at 208 E. State Street where Daryl’s Pet Shop is now located. For many decades, Serr’s was the go-to place for …

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The Museum of Redlands recently received a Redlands Fire Department badge owned by Howard Fletcher. Sometimes an item from the past raises more questions than it answers. This is one of those.

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When Redlands celebrates a birthday, many come forward with ideas to celebrate the occasion.

1866: First Mill Creek Zanja water suit pits Old San Bernardino settlers vs. Upper Settlement farmers.  Compromise is met.  

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Redlands usually counts Edward G. Judson and Frank E. Brown as the founders of Redlands. Certainly the Smiley brothers are esteemed for giving Redlands a cultural soul.  

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In 1819, Serrano Indians dug a ditch that ran for 12 miles. Today through what is now Redlands, it is a symbol of history and nostalgia.

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 When the Burrage Mansion was sold in 1924, who was the buyer? Most will answer Edgar Pratt or Arthur Gregory after whom Lake Gregory was named. Although both are cited in various magazines, books and records about Redlands as the second owner both are incorrect. The right answer is an inter…

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Writing the Mill Creek Zanja Driving Tour in 2009 and serving on the Redlands Conservancy Zanja Committee, the pronunciation and spelling of the Mill Creek Zanja came up at each meeting with advocates for each side aligned in friendly disagreement. Zanja is the Spanish word for ditch.

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The Museum of Redlands recently received four stitcheries of Redlands and Yucaipa scenes, held here by donor Kathy Presnell-Best.

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Larry E. Burgess, director emeritus of the A.K. Smiley Public Library and a local historian, will discuss the “the perceptions and realities in the history and present-day of Redlands, at a Chamber of Commerce meeting at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at CalWest Bank, 408 E. State St., Redlands.

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The Museum of Redlands continues to receive Redlands posters from Al Hernandez, co-owner of the Citrograph on State Street.

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Civil aviation took off in Redlands in 1911 — eight years after the Wright brothers’ famous flight on Dec. 17, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina — when the first known “air meet” was held at the University of Redlands.  

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Redlands architect Clare Day has donated his many architectural drawings he has donated to the A.K. Smiley Public Library Heritage Room, sharing specific historical information and experiences involved with these buildings

1858: Ben Barton builds his first home in the future Redlands on Barton hill.  He builds a winery and expands the vineyard to 80 acres.