The Rich & Famous & History & Trivia of Rialto


A small band of Serrano Indians were the first inhabitants of the area near the Cajon Basin River, in an area bounded by route 66 on the south and Baseline on the North. Artifacts discovered by archaeologist suggest that the city of Rialto was settled prior to the year 1500. Such artifacts, now found at the Rialto Historical Society, indicate that the Serrano Indians lived in the Rialto area between 1500 and 1800....They most likely broke off from the Serrano's that lived on the Northern Deserts and in the deep creek area for hundreds of years.. No trace was left behind to suggest what happened to this small group of people, but it is believed that because the tribe was so small that they were either absorbed into the Cahuilla's, just before Spanish Mercenaries discovered the valley, or perhaps killed off by the Mormons after they settled in the San Bernardino area.. No one is sure. After all the tribe only numbered around 40 when they were first discovered. So it would not be to hard for this band to disappear into the night and never be seen again.


Records indicate that in 1769 the King of Spain awarded portions of this area to selected Spanish Dons who had gained favor within the Court of Cortez. After this date, we know that Spanish Missionaries moved into the area, enslaving the local peoples and forcing them to the main Missions during that era.


In 1851, the Mountain Family purchased the Lugo ranch, now known as San Bernardino, and claimed several other portions of the area to the west, which later became known as Rialto.. For reasons no one is sure about, this claim was later disallowed by the United States Government.. Whether it was because of problems with the Mormons and the fact that the US had declared war on the Mormons, or the Indians, or Spanish Landowners, there is no record of the event.
In 1854, many families, looking for more land other than what the Spanish were willing to sell, especially in the LA basin, began to move into the area and developed Rialto into a heaven for vineyards, citrus groves and ranches.....Many of the first residents were Portuguese, who had brought a certain variety of Muscat Grapes from the old country with them and planted the cuttings....As the grape vines flourished, they would cut cuttings from the plants and sell them to families in other areas to cultivate.


A group of Methodists arrived in 1887 seeking a new college site.. Although the college was never built, it was the Methodists who started the town of Rialto.....It is believed that they chose the name Rialto in honor and memory of the Rialto Bridge located in Venice, Italy.....A similar bridge was built on the now famous route 66 across the Cajon Wash area....And even though that bridge has long ago disappeared with a new structure, that first bridge soon became Rialto's city slogan....the "Bridge of Progress."


Notable people from Rialto
Alex Acker (born January 21, 1983 in Compton, California) is an American professional basketball player currently playing for Olympics BC in Greece.....His family currently lives in Rialto......Acker attended Pepperdine University and was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the last pick in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft.....He was assigned to the NBA Development League's Fayetteville Patriots on February 27, 2006.


Nicholas Alexander Barnett, born May 27, 1981 in Barstow, California is an American Football linebacker who currently plays for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL.....The Packers drafted him out of Oregon State University in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft with the 29th overall selection......He and his family also currently call Rialto home.


Jeffrey Guy Conine, born June 27, 1966 in Tacoma, Washington, is a first baseman/outfielder in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds......Previously, Conine played with the Kansas City Royals (1990, 1992, 1998), Florida Marlins (1993-1997, 2003-2005), Baltimore Orioles (1999-2003, 2006) and Philadelphia Phillies (2006). He bats and throws right-handed. His nickname is "Niner." He is also nicknamed "Mr. Marlin" for his significant history as a Marlins player and ties to South Florida.


Ronald Mandel "Ronnie" Lott, born May 8, 1959, in Rialto, is a former American football player who starred as a cornerback, free safety and strong safety in college football and the NFL......He is most well known for his hard hits on opposing players, rivaling fellow safeties Steve Atwater and Jack Tatum as the hardest hitter of all time......A Pro Bowler at both cornerback and safety, Lott is widely considered one of the best secondary players in NFL history.


Carlos Enrique Nolasco, born December 13, 1982 in Corona, California, better known as Ricky Nolasco, is a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Florida Marlins (2006-present). He is listed as 6'2" and 220, and made his major league debut on April 5, 2006. He was drafted out of Rialto High School, in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, in the 4th round by the Chicago Cubs.


Rodney Glen King, born April 2, 1965 in Sacramento, California, is a taxi driver in Rialto, who became famous after his violent arrest by officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and was videotaped by a bystander, George Holliday which led to the LA Riots....The incident raised an outcry among people who believed it was racially motivated, especially those who did not like the chief of Police then, and used the incident as an excuse after the officers were acquitted of using excessive force to start the 1992 LA riots which turned into more of a chance for people to steal from and kill Asians whom they also blamed for there problems.


Here is some Trivia for you about Rialto
Only ten acres remain of the original citrus groves that once predominated the city in the early 1900s.....All are owned by families who own small climbs of trees that they either use for themselves or set up road side stands and sell vegetables and other fruits to passing motorists.


On one plot, The City of Rialto leases a portion of this land, where the old adobe house is located, Bud Bender Park, to the Rialto Historical Society for $1 annually.....Now that's what ya call cheap.
As part of his Images of America series, in mid-2004 John Anthony Adams authored a book about the City of Rialto bearing the name of the city.


The television show, Fear Factor, has used portions of the uncompleted highway 210 in Rialto for one of their notably-extreme stunts
The upcoming Fox television show, Drive, is currently (as of 2/2/07) being filmed on Interstate 210 between Alder Ave. and Linden Ave.


The Transformers movie was filmed on the portion of 210 currently unopened between Alder Ave. and Linden Ave.....Makes you wonder which freeway they will use next since there are no new freeways being built after the 210 is finished.


In 1994, Rialto Western Little League hosted the Southern California Championship for the Major Division, in which the winner went on to participate in the Regional Tournament......The Tournament was held at Lilac Park, now known as Bud Bender Park, where the old adobe house is located.


Gary Hall the ghostpainter

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Who was the woman that was mayor about 20 years ago?

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