This is a town of 50,000+. Elevation of 774', 87 degrees today, west wind at 9 mph, 30% humidity ( I can tell I am out of the desert. In 1887 the railroad came through and that helped develop this town as we saw in so many that the route goes through, but these towns have hung into the 21st century. Let's take a look at why during this post.
Like many communities, electric railways became a popular way to travel within and between cities prior to the popularity of the automobile. The line went from San Bernardino into Los Angeles. In the 1930s as freeways were being planned a center space was set for the electric railway, but that was never added.
Like many communities, by the 1950s the popularity of the street car had passed. More people enjoyed the freedom and flexibility of the car. Cars increased status. Bus routes were more economical. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Electric You can read more about it at this link.
Fires throughout the west is a major news story. This area is currently not experiencing a fire, but we pray that the over 100 fires in the western states can become controlled and that the residents can get to safety. The picture above was from 2014.
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