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This article refers to the land grant. For the city of Rancho Cucamonga, see Rancho Cucamonga, California

Rancho Cucamonga was a 13,045-acre (52.79 km2) Mexican land grant in present day San Bernardino County, California given in 1839 to dedicated soldier, smuggler and politician, Tiburcio Tapia by Mexican governor Juan Bautista Alvarado.[1]


The Mission Gabriel established the Rancho Cucamonga as a site for grazing their cattle. In 1839, the rancho was granted by the Mexican governor of California to Tiburcio Tapia, a wealthy Los Angeles merchant. Tapia transferred his cattle to Cucamonga and built a fort-like adobe house on Red Hill. The rancho extended easterly from San Antonio Creek to what is now Turner Avenue (Hermosa), and from today's Eighth Street to the mountains.

The Cucamonga Rancho was sold in 1858 to John Rains by Tapia's daughter, Maria Merced Tapia de Prudhomme, and her husband Leon Victor Prudhomme.

A claim for Rancho Cucamonga was filed with the Public Land Commission in 1852 and the grant was patented to Leon V. Prudhomme in 1872.[2] [3][4]

Rains in 1856 married Maria Merced Williams, the daughter of Rancho Santa Ana del Chino owner Isaac Williams and granddaughter of Antonio Maria Lugo, owner of Rancho San Bernardino. Maria was thus a wealthy heiress, and Rains invested in three ranchos and the Bella Union Hotel in Los Angeles.[5] John Rains was murdered in 1862. Maria Merced married José Carrillo in 1864. She had nine children in all: five with Rains, and four with Carrillo. Isaias W. Hellman‎, a Los Angeles banker, acquired Rancho Cucamonga at a sheriff’s sale in 1871.[6]

In 1977 three, unincorporated communities that had emerged on the old ranch lands — Alta Loma, Cucamonga and Etiwanda— became the city of Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Historic sites of the Rancho


  1. ^ Ogden Hoffman, 1862, Reports of Land Cases Determined in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Numa Hubert, San Francisco
  2. ^ Report of the Surveyor General 1844 - 1886
  3. ^ United States. District Court (California : Southern District) Land Case 214 SD
  4. ^ Diseño del Rancho Cucamonga
  5. ^ Rancho Cucamonga History
  6. ^ Hoover, Mildred B.; Hero & Ethel Rensch, and William N. Abeloe (1966). Historic Spots in California. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0804744829. 
  7. ^ John Rains House

Coordinates: 34°07′12″N 117°34′48″W / 34.120°N 117.580°W / 34.120; -117.580


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Rancho Cucamonga [1] is a city in San Bernardino County in Southern California.


Rancho Cucamonga is made up of Cucamonga, Etiwanda, and Alta Loma. Sometimes these areas will be referred to as independent and sometimes the three areas will be lumped together under the umbrella of "Rancho Cucamonga." Locals may refer to the whole area as just "Cucamonga" or, more commonly, just "Rancho."

Get in

By car

There are several ways to get in to Rancho Cucamonga. If you are driving, the east and west highways inclulde Route 66 (here named Foothill Blvd) and Baseline. Most of the main north and south bound streets run several cities south, on up to the base of the San Gabriel mountains. Interstate 15 runs north and south along the eastern border, I-10 runs east-west on the south side and the 210 freeway passes through northern Rancho Cucamonga, also known as Alta Loma.

By plane

There is Ontario Airport (ONT), which is located just south of Rancho Cucamonga. Burbank Airport, known as Bob Hope Airport (BUR), is located about 52 miles west.

Get around

By train

The MertoLink passes through Rancho Cucamonga from San Bernardino to Los Angeles.

By bus

The Omnibus system has regular hours and routes through most of the city.

By bicycle

There is a bike/pedestrian path that passes through much of the town. Much of the trail is paved and painted and fairly well maintained. If followed to its extremes, this path can take you from the western side to the eastern and back.


Throughout the summer the city of Rancho Cucamonga offers free movies in public parks. The movies start around sundown and are sometimes preceded by a performance by a local band. The locations and times have been known to change. Check local websites for most current times and venues.
There are many parks scattered throughout the city. The parks usually contain the usual playground-type equipment. Some parks have larger sporting arenas. Redhill Park, at Carnelian and Baseline, has multiple sports fields, an ampitheater, and a man-made lake being the home to ducks and turtles.


Victoria Gardens

The Victoria Gardens Mall is an outdoor mall offering the usual shopping opportunities (Forever 21, Macy's, Lids, etc.), an Edward's Cinemas, and a large Bass Pro Shop. Also included is the usual mall food court in addition to some sit-down dining locations (California Pizza Kitchen, Johnny Rockets, and The Cheesecake Factory, to name a few).

Retail Stores

The stretch of Foothill Blvd. through Rancho Cucamonga has most of the big retail stores you would want. From Best Buy to Target to The Men's Warehouse, they're all here.

Local Shops

Many "mom and pop" stores can be found through Rancho Cucamonga. Dr. Strange Records, for example, can be found here with a large selection of punk music that could be hard to find offline.

  • Best Western Heritage Inn, 8179 Spruce Avenue, +1 909 466-1111 (toll free: +1 800 682-7829, fax: +1 909 466-3876), [2].  edit
  • Courtyard Ontario Rancho Cucamonga, 11525 Mission Vista Dr., +1 909 481-6476 (fax: +1 909 481-0260), [3].  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 9589 Milliken Avenue, +1 909 581-3846, [4].  edit
  • TownePlace Suites Ontario Airport, 9625 Milliken Ave, +1 909 466-1100 (fax: +1 909 466-1101), [5].  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express Rancho Cucamonga, 9589 Milliken Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, 1-909-581-3846, [6]. Join us at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Rancho Cucamonga, California near Ontario Airport and enjoy spacious accommodations, meeting rooms and value vacation packages.  edit
Routes through Rancho Cucamonga
Los AngelesOntario  W noframe E  FontanaSan Bernardino
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