ALL the News about
Mormons, Mormonism
and the LDS Church
Mormon News: All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church
Posted 12 Mar 2001   For week ended February 16, 2001
Most Recent Week
Front Page
Local News
Arts & Entertainment
·New Products
·New Websites
·Mormon Stock Index
Letters to Editor
Continuing Coverage of:
Boston Temple
School Prayer
Julie on MTV
Robert Elmer Kleasen
About Mormon News
News by E-Mail
Weekly Summary
Submitting News
Submitting Press Releases
Volunteer Positions
Bad Link?

News about Mormons, Mormonism,
and the LDS Church

Sent on Mormon-News: 28Feb01

By Vickie Speek

Anniversary of Mormon Settlement Approaching

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA -- In 1851, a large party of covered wagon pioneers composed predominantly of Mormons, came through the Cajon Pass and bought the San Bernardino rancho from members of the Lugo family. The Mormon settlement of the area, in June of that year, later became the City of San Bernardino.

Headed by Amasa M. Lyman and Charles C. Rich, the pioneer caravan was probably headed for Rancho Santa Ana del Chino, the fertile holdings of Col. Issac Williams. Several members of the famed Mormon battalion had worked for Williams during their 1847 - 1848 sojourn in Southern California.

When the Lyman and Rich caravan arrived in June 1851, Southern California consisted only of a score of ranchos plus little adobes at what is now Old Town San Diego, and several mission settlements. Although San Bernardino's first inhabitants were not the Mormon colonists, they were the first to actually possess the land.

The God-fearing Mormon farmers founded a farming and trading community that was the opposite of the riotous gold camps of Northern California. But by 1857 the colony was disbanded and most of the Mormons returned to Utah to meet the advance of Johnston's army.


Anniversary a time to recall settlers
San Bernardino co CA Sun 12Feb01 D6
By L. Burr Belden


[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Kent Larsen · Privacy Information