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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Ive seen a home like that going up sierra passing the 210, going towards the 15.

actually the old sierra house first let me dispel any myths concerning it... my first boss Rick owned it before the current owner having spent many a thanksgiving and christmas inside it is not haunted actually its quite cozy and invting inside it belonged to a judge and was move in from out of state

My friend and I used to talk about buying that old house when it was vacant. Is it still up there? I can't remember how to find it anymore if I even tried.

Mr. pepper

That is 17378 Anastasia. I grew up in that house (60's-early 70's) before it was renovated to it's current grandeur. Before he bought it in the 70's, it was a run down two story remains of what once (reportedly) was a chicken ranch. There was a garage that barely stood straight, a shed, and large concrete slabs in the acreage behind it. We assumed the chickens lived on the slab before something happened to their building. The original home looked nothing like the home it is today. ALSO!!! There was a musician across the street from us - a young man named Sammy, his wife Betsy and their newborn (1970) named Aaron. Yup - Sammy Hagar.

What was the name of the KKK's grand imperial wizard that lived in fontana on anistasia in the big white house?

that big white house on anastasia, the kkk house is fuckin creepy! ive been inside and its gorgeous but fuckin creepy my friend that was with me hadnt known what had gone on in there till we had left but the whole time we were in there she kept sayin somethings not right i keep getting the chills and when i told her after we had left she refuses to even drive past it on palmetto

George pepper was the kklaus wizard from fontana

George pepper

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