Information about Ontario, California

The city of Ontario was founded by the Chaffey Brothers back in 1881 on a patch of land, that back then was mostly barren scrub and weeds and population by Indians and Spanish Missionaries. The area comprised an area stretching from the now 60 freeway northwards to the Mountains. The Chaffey brothers knew that they needed a source of water for their future community so they bought all of the water rights in the valley and along the foothills of the San Gabriels for a little over $60,000. As the area grew and more people moved in the area known as North Ontario was eventually formed into Upland but the water rights remained a part of Ontario. In the early 20's and 30's the area was mostly farmland and it wasn't until the late 30's that property was bought in the eastern part of the city for a proposed airport. The Airport was built with one runway about 800 feet long. During WWII another runway was built, today's runway 26 left and both runways were both extended to accommodate the larger aircraft then building. For a time the California Air National Guard was stationed at Ontario but was transferred out to March AFB in the 80's. Today both runways are about 14,000 feet long, a new terminal has been built, mostly with matching funds from LAX which has owned Ontario Airport since the late 70's. UPS has a giant terminal at Ontario, built in 1993 that is the western US hub of the UPS world wild network. The city is now intersected by the 10, 15 and 60 freeways and Highway 39 and 71. The city is also a major part of the Alameda Corridor East that will move hundreds of UP and BNSF trains yearly eastward from the Port of LA to Chicago and Dallas. Metro Link services the city with one line along the existing UP tracks while another Metro Link line runs to the North through Rancho Cucamonga. Amtrak also serves the inland Empire on both tracks. Ontario is home to approximately 170,000 people and expects to top off at about 235,000 by 2020. Ontario receives less rainfall than the cities to the north of it and still depends on Chino Water Valley and the Cucamonga Water district as well as the California Water project for its water supplies. SCE and SCG supply electrical and gas supplies to the area. gdh

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