Information about Norco, California

The City of Norco, incorporated as a general law City in 1964 and a Charter City in 2003, is Horse country situated along the Interstate 15 Freeway in Western Riverside County. The City limits cover an area of approximately 15 square miles, with a population of approximately 26,703 as of January 2005. Residents enjoy over 400 acres of parkland and 95 miles of pedestrian/equestrian trails. Norco is also home to the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, the California Rehabilitation Center and the Riverside Community College, Norco Campus.

The city contracts its legal services out to various law firms, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department patrols the streets and the citizens more or less watch out for themselves. The citizens of Norco like to think of themselves as Westerners, thus the western style demeanor of the downtown area.

It is not uncommon to see more horses on the streets than cars and that's just fine with the locals.

Norco City Facts:

Population (year 2000): 24,157, Est. population in July 2004: 26,668 (+10.4% change)

Elevation: 640 feet

County: Riverside

Land area: 14.1 square miles

Zip codes: 92860.

Norco Valley Fair Aug 4 - 7 th 2011

Norco Valley Fair is celebrating its 64th year in 2011 in West Riverside County, August 4 - 7 th 2011 . There will be a carnival, rodeo, pageants, talent shows, live music, livestock, circus, exhibits, motocross, dog, animal competitions, many unique food vendors & commercial exhibitors,and more. Discounted Presale buttons good for all days of the fair, ride tickets are available for a limited time. We offer affordable fun in Southern California for the entire family. Call to confirm events & times. (951)737-2531

The Most Violent Gunfight in IE history and it occurred in Norco in 1980.

You might think that the event in Hollywood a few years ago, where two suspects dressed in military gear tried to rob a Bank Of America and then shoot it out on live TV was the most violent Gunfight ever recorded....But to Police Officers in the Inland Empire, the most violent shootout occurred not in the in LA, nor in Compton or even Tustin, but rather, in Norco, and before it was over, this violent crime would become the most notorious criminal event in the IE.

In History, it is known quite simply as the Norco Bank Robbery Shootout.....The following is a newspaper report from the old Daily Report.... "May 9, 1980. Shootout between police in Norco, California and five heavily armed suspects armed with assault rifles as well as various explosive and incendiary devices. After a shootout with police at a bank in Norco, the suspects became involved in a prolonged chase in which the suspects shot at police, disabled 33 police vehicles, and civilian cars with improvised explosive devices thrown from the back of a truck. The suspects also disabled a police helicopter. Later the suspects lay in wait for police as they chased them and ambushed them resulting in the death of a police officer and injury to others. One of the suspects was killed in the shootout, one during a standoff with Police, and three were later captured. 8 officers were injured. Deaths: Suspects: 2; Police: 1" Now, here is a first hand story of the robbery as it unfolded before the first officer on the scene......Sheriff Deputy John Bolasky.

Fun parades through Norco fair

NORCO - Strider, a white Husky dressed in a green dragon costume, was suffering under the hot sun on Saturday, which at 10 a.m. was already uncomfortable.

His owner, Frankie Kalinski, 7, tried to coax the exhausted pet to continue walking toward three judges, seated nearby under a white tent.

"I think he's done for the day," said Frank Kalinski, Frankie's father.

But, after a few loving pats on the head, Strider found the energy to make his way down the dirt path and the two were able to pose for the three judges.

Frankie and Strider had just taken part in the Pet Parade, a popular event at the 59th Annual Norco Valley Fair.

Kalinski's cousin, Cassie Krueger, 10, and her dog, a Westy, also participated, dressed in outfits inspired by the movie "Legally Blonde."