Rancho Cucamonga

The city of Rancho Cucamonga, California

Memories of the Grand Prix Fire in October 2003

Prior to July 2006, the last big fire we had in the Inland Empire was the Grand Prix fire in October of 2003. Although I have lived in the foothills (Monrovia, Azusa, Upland, and Rancho Cucamonga) all my life - and never any further from the mountains than 1/4-mile, never had a brush fire affected my family the way the Grand-Prix fire did.

More on the 1969 Inland Empire flood

Over the years there have been several floods in the IE. The most famous is the 1969 flood. In 1969, Day creek flooded down Haven ave running over 12 feet deep for the entire length of the highway. And Archibald, up above Hillside was in full flood. The Damn at the head of the canyon broke and all of the mud and debris either flowed down through the Horse Shoe Canyon and down Archibald or joined the raging Cucamonga Creek.

The Great Inland Empire Floods Of 1969

We need to go back a year to see how the floods of 1968 were enhanced by events. In December of 1968, we experienced a major freeze and snowfall. It was 25 degrees over a period of about two weeks previous to Christmas. Temps in the Mountains were down into the low teens and Mt Baldy even reported -10 degrees several nights.

Little Holes in the walls that grew up.

A long long time ago in an IE that was a lot different than it is today, there were little places along the roadside that have since grown with popularity. One little franchise that I remember starting out as a young woman selling tamales out the back of her station wagon. She had her kids do all of the stuffing and sold every weekend. Then we convinced her to start selling over the holidays. In time she had to buy a kitchen and hire more people to make her tamales. That is all she made. Tamales. Beef, Pork and Chicken tamales.