Local myths of Fontana that are quite real....

We often hear rumors about who or what might have lived, or died or has family in an area.. Below are some figures, some most noticeable and others not so notorious that once had something to do with the city of Fontana.

Gangster Al Capone once had a home in Fontana, which was notable for the initial "C" displayed on one of the home's chimneys. It was rumored that Capone had secret passageways or tunnels built under the house that led out into the back yard making for a quick escape in case his place was ever surrounded by the fuzz. No tunnels were ever found though after the home was torn down. And we all know what happened to Al after he left Fontana.

The Crlenica Brothers, a local Slavic "Tamburitza" musical group, lived in Fontana, had a music store on Arrow Blvd., and played music locally for Fontana's large Slavic population. Unbeknownst to most Fontana residents, they also did some movie work in Hollywood, performing on the soundtrack of "Dr. Zhivago", and also in the movie "Patton," near the end of the movie in the Russian dance scene.

Shelton Brooks, legendary songwriter and bandleader of the early 20th century, spent several decades in his later years living in Fontana. The writer of such hits as "Darktown Strutters’ Ball" and "Some of These Days," he would buy a new Cadillac every year with his songwriter royalties.. As a leader of his own successful big band, he hobnobbed with the Hollywood elite and became especially close to torch singer Sophie Tucker, known as The Last of the Red Hot Mammas.
Whitman Mayo, the actor who played Shady Grady in the TV series "Sanford and Son," moved with his family from New York City to Fontana in 1967, when he was 37. While living in Fontana he attended Chaffey College in nearby Cucamonga.. He once served as the Grand Marshall in the Fontana Days parade.

Legendary motorcycle builder Denver Mullins was from Fontana.. He started a bike shop, Denver’s Choppers, in San Bernardino in 1967, where he was the first to toy in the building of custom bikes and replacement bike parts. The shop later moved to Henderson, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas, where it still operates to this day. Denver died in a racing boat accident in 1992.

Henry Kaiser’s steel mill in Fontana was the only steel mill west of the Mississippi River.. During WWII Kaiser shipbuilding contributed hundreds of naval and merchant vessels.. The steel mill scene in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie "Terminator 2" was filmed in the abandoned Kaiser Steel Mill. Robo Cop was also filmed at the old steel mill as well as many sci-fi and police movies.

What ever happened to Ro-Val’s automobile museum, located on Foothill Blvd on the western outskirts between Fontana and Cucamonga? It was for a while the home for many classic automobiles of the 20’s and 30’s, including a huge vehicle once owned by screen actor Fatty Arbuckle. When the Ro-Val museum closed, the vehicles were sold to Bill Harrah, a Nevada casino owner and automobile collector, who placed them on display in the museum located at his casino.

In the 1950’s and 60’s Fontana was home to a famous drag racing strip that was a significant venue in the NHRA circuit. Known officially as Mickey Thompson’s Fontana International Dragway, it was also referred to as Fontana Drag City or just plain old Fontana Drag Strip. The original Fontana strip closed after several serous accidents and deaths to the drivers ad the NHRA deemed the track to short and narrow for safe racing.

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dont see how you can evan breathe it is so polluted there,it is down in a valley where all of SO CALs bad air resides.Only an idiot would keep living there just because of that alone.

Well if you looked into the Fontana Air Quality Statistics you would see that currently in the year 2013 Fontana California has a very good Air Quality and the air quality of the city has only been shown to be getting progressively better year after year.

here is the site i got information on air quality for Fontana
http://www.homefacts.com/airquality/California/San-Bernardino-County/Fontana.html

only an idiot would make the claim that it would be nearly impossible to breathe due to pollution without providing support.

to further prove my point of here is another site http://www.usa.com/fontana-ca-air-quality.htm
if you visit this site air pollution for fontana has been steadily decreasing from 1999-2009 anything from 2009 and onward refer to the first type.

your point has been proven wrong.
have a nice day

I live in fontana and I love it met my super sexy wife here been here 28 yrs and met her 16 yrs ago can't much complain but for the influx of nigs and wets.

Did you really say that? You just used two idiotic racial slurs...YOU'RE type is why Fontana has sucked....NOT people of color, you Asshat.

Racists, as much as you may dislike them, do not directly impact a city's crime rate or a city's 'suck rate'. So, you would be wrong in saying that it is people like him that make Fontana suck. The people that make Fontana suck are the people out committing crime in the streets, vandalizing property, and not keeping their homes in good shape/leaving cars up on blocks on the front yard.

he may be a racist, he may be ignorant, but that has nothing to do with how much Fontana sucks. Channel your online outrage properly. Otherwise, you just look like an idiot and accomplish nothing.. Asshat..

I beg to differ. Racism increases hate, which increases emotional lethargy and jadedness, which then in turn creates an unsafe city. when groups of people are battling away, that divide does not make for a "community feel" other than a negative and decisive one.

I do not need your counsel - I am quite aware of how to "channel my online outrage properly, thank you, kindly.

We have a "starter" house here. It's where we could afford. I like the family-feel of my neighborhood, but I dislike this city as a whole. I don't think you are "wrong," but I think your portion of "right" is just too limited. Perhaps its the sociologist in me, I don't know.

Im not racist I just hate illegals whom take all the jobs from legal folk and people who live off welfare cause they can and if they are told no they would scream racism thats all I was saying but I think I hate everyone like this equally so im not racist!

Immigrants don't qualify for federal services. So yes, this uninformed commentary is racist.

Exactly! Fontana is a lovely oasis of nothing but beautiful, kind, helpful people straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting!

Denial is not just a river in Egypt..

That said, at least Fontana isn't San Bernardino!

Your actually incorrect there was a riot back in 08'. It took place at Fontana High.

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