Southern California history is basically a who’s who of Native American tribes, Spanish Expeditionaries, Mexican Officials, and American military service members and government leaders, all of whom took the lands into their possession at varying times throughout history. The City of Upland, California follows a similar history with its territorial struggle over fertile lands and a local water supply to nourish it. Let’s start in 1846 when things really started to get interesting for the city now known as Upland.
In 1846 the Mexican-American War had reached its end and California was officially ceded to the United States. Exponential numbers of new settlers began arriving in the area, due in large part to the word-of-mouth hype caused by the California Gold Rush of 1849. At the time, the land on which present-day Upland sits was little more than a pass-through for pioneers heading to nearby developing territories. That was until George Chaffey moved to town in 1882. A Canadian shipbuilder from Ontario, Canada, Chaffey had already earned a name for himself in the area with the establishment of the Etiwanda irrigation community in 1881, successfully transporting water to area reservoirs from a nearby mountain supply. In 1882, Chaffey set his sights on more than 6,000 acres of the Cucamonga Rancho that came with significant water rights and was available for a selling price of $60,000. Chaffey’s final purchase of the Rancho included additional sections of land, bringing the total to over 8,000 acres, with a final price tag of $90,000.
Quite the innovative thinker, Chaffey created a “mutual water company” as a way to appeal to potential buyers by making each landowner a stockholder as well. With that the San Antonio Water Company was incorporated in October of 1882 and the rest is Inland Empire history.
Today, Upland, California sits at the northern part of George Chaffey’s model colony and is home to more than 73,000 residents. There are certain things you think of when you imagine life in Southern California and Chaffey’s vision boasts them all. With the area now developed into its own municipality, some of the best things to do in Upland include scoping out skater culture at Stan Hoffman’s Pipeline Skatepark, revisiting history at the Upland Fire Department Museum, Cooper Regional History Museum, Historic Route 66, or Historic Downtown Upland.
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