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Rich in history and benign in nature. Have you ever thought of a city as being Benign? Upland is just that. Gentle, kind and mild.
The city started out long ago as an irrigation colony established by the Chaffey brothers (George and William Chaffey). Today's city of Upland is a vibrant community of over 76,000 people but it started out in the early 19th century as agricultural land, predominately citrus and other fruit and grape orchards.
In 1906 the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors held a 2-day hearing and determined a vote of incorporation should take place. It past on a vote of 183 in favor and 19 against it. This Birthed the formal City of Upland from being considered North Ontario after a series of changes taking place in the City of Ontario going back to it's incorporation in 1891.
If you’re interested, you can trace contemporary history of the area back to 1771 and the Spanish Missionaries. Situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains and on an east-west trail used by the Indians and Spanish Missionaries known as the Old Spanish Trail.
Benign due to its location, elevation of approximately 1,242 feet, proximity to the mountains and calmer demeanor than some of the busier urban locations in Southern California.
Contemporary Upland has made significant changes that enable its citizens to enjoy life a bit calmer yet with more amenities than many larger cities.
Culturally the community is rich with the Chaffey Communities Cultural Center located on 18th between Euclid and San Antonio Avenue or perhaps the Upland Fire Department Museum. The building dates back to 1915 and houses firefighting equipment including an original Upland fire truck from 1916 and many timeless photographs.
The Grove Theatre, located in the Historic District of Upland. This theatre was constructed in 1947 and has 831 seats. It was renovated in 1990 by Sherry Kinison who owns it until this day. It stages family oriented plays and operates a performing arts school.
There is the Cooper Regional History Museum which used to be the headquarters of the Ontario-Cucamonga (O.K.) Fruit Exchange located at the corner of Second Ave and “A” Street. This 1937 Art Moderne style building has Native American photos and tools and the largest room is dedicated to the wine and citrus history of the area.
Upland annual Lemon Festival started in 1997 and is celebrated in April of each year. The festival is held in downtown Upland and celebrates the rich citrus history of the city.
Upland is considered a “Bedroom Community” or a residential suburb inhabited largely by people who commute to a nearby city for work. The nature of the city can be expressed by the atmosphere of the walking trail or path between the divided North/South traffic lanes of Euclid Ave or the proximity to Mount Baldy and it’s varied hiking and other outdoor activities.