Information about Rancho Cucamonga, California

The City of Rancho Cucamonga was incorporated in 1977, as a result of a merger among the unincorporated communities of Alta Loma, Cucamonga, and Etiwanda. As part of one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas, the Inland Empire, Rancho Cucamonga nonetheless remains one of the safest cities in the country. Crowned by the San Gabriel Mountains, Rancho Cucamonga's award-winning architecture reflects on a city proud of it's past and looking forward to it's future. With several parks and community facilities, and some of California's most highly rated schools, Rancho Cucamonga has much to offer to visitors. Map of Rancho Cucamonga See: all items in Rancho Cucamonga

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Here is a snippet of something I wrote about Southern California place names: Cahuenga, Topanga, Tujunga, Cucamonga, Pacoima and Azusa are all based on Tongva place names. The Tongva were the aboriginal peoples of the L.A. basin and western I.E. and south to Aliso Canyon in South Laguna. The Tongva name for Los Angeles before the white man was Yang-na. The San Gabriel area was Sibag-na, and the settlement near the pass to the huge valley was Cahueg-na. Topag-na might translate to "the place above". Present day Azuza was a small Tongva settlement called Asuksag-na. Cucamonga was a settlement named Cucamag-na and might mean "sandy place".

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