San Bernardino

Cruzin Cars Cruiz into Verdue for Annual Route 66 Rendezvous....

Its that time of the year again, at least for the 18 th annual Stater Bros Route 66 Rendezvous in San Bernardino. Starting next Thursday, the 13th, over 500,000 people are expected to line the streets of Verdue to watch 1,900 classic cars cruiz Fifth street. A 35 block area on the north side of downtown will be blocked off for the 4 day event. This includes the area around Fifth to the north and Rialto Ave. to the south, G street to the west and Sierra Ave to the East.


The Brandin’ Iron is the Inland Empires longest running Honky Tonk since 1969.....The Brandin’ Iron is located in the historic 1953 Citrus Bowl building.....The brassy and classy authentic saloon interior and 3" thick huge maple dance floor has made this place literally world famous.....But it wasn't always so....After one of the original owners, Bob Hill died in 1987, the famous building and salon sat empty and forlorn until 1992, when Bill Thomas rode into town and brought the Brandin' Iron back to its glory.

We visited the BI as the current owner refers to the place several times during the 90's, generally after work of course, and just during work....I had the privilege of delivering and recording the legal documents at the recorders office when the place reopened for business in 1992....One reason i decided to go back and revisit this place...I liked what I saw and loved the smell of the Kitchen.

Train Watching In San Bernardino....

1940's era at the San Bernardino Yards

Today better known as the BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) began in Southern California down in San Diego County where eventually they establiblished the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in National City its Pacific Coast Terminus.

Rebuilt and improved in the 1989's
First known as The California Southern Rail Road it was organized in 1880 to build from National City north to the San Luis Rey River, through Temecula Canyon to San Bernardino and on to a junction with the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad.....The latter was preparing to build across New Mexico and Arizona...All materials had to be shipped to National City by ship from the East Coast....Rails, track fittings and most of the steam locomotives and cars came in sailing vessels around Cape Horn. The Rail road contracted with a San Francisco Logging company to ship Ties down to San Diego.
The main line was constructed to the present Oceanside in 1881; to Colton, junction with the Southern Pacific, in 1882, and to San Bernardino in 1883.....Floods and the Southern Pacific hindered the extension through Cajon Pass until 1885.....The last spike was driven on November 9, through service from and to Kansas City began on the 15th and, for a short time, National City really was the Pacific Coast Terminus of the now great Santa Fe Route.