Firsts in San Bernardino

1901 - First Street Fair

downtown (with queen,

grand ball, races, etc.).

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Saturdays 10 AM - 3 PM

FREE Admission

FREE Parking

FREE Tours

1170 W. Third Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Map & Directions

San Bernardino
Historical &
Pioneer Society

P.O. Box 875
San Bernardino, CA 92402


(909) 888-3634 


Depot & Museum Tour

April 01, 2015

Tours will  be conducted

on  the  first Wednesday of

each month at 10:00 am.

Call (909)  888-3634  for

a reservation.  FREE


Group Tours

For a Group Tour on

Saturday or any other 

day call (909) 888-3634.


Virtual Museum Tour

Click here for visual tour

of the museum.


Photo Histories

Click here to view local San

Bernardino and railroad

photographic histories.


Newsletters of the

Western Archives of

the Santa Fe Railway

Click here for Newsletters 

of the Santa Fe Railway

Historical and Modeling

Society (Western Archives).


Norton AFB Museum

Now Open:

Thursday 10:00 to 2:00

Saturday  10:00 to 2:00



Next Meeting at Coco's

The next meeting of the

National Association of

Retired & Veteran Railway

Employees will be held

at Coco's Restaurant.





Upcoming Events:

The Museum is open Saturday from 10:00 to 3:00  (Virtual Museum Tour)

Jun 27, 2015 - The "Great Race" (Downtown San Bernardino)

Jul  15, 2015 - SANBAG Tour


Pioneer Women of San Bernardino

Top Row:

Jerusha Bemis (1799-1872)

Clare Cherry (1919-1990)

Eliza Robbins Crafts (1825-1910)

Janet Miles (1901-2008)

Maria Armenta Bermdez (1806-1858) 

Middle Row:

Mary Bennett Goodcell (1849-1909)

Sarah Jane Rousseau (1816-1872)

Lizzy Flake Rowan (1834-1908)

Mary Wixom Crandall (1834-1927)

Caterina Croce Massetti (1877-1946)

Bottom Row:

Alice Rowan Johnson (1868-1911)

Arda M. Haenszel (1910-2001)

Doroothy Inghram (1905-2012)

Pinky Brier (1909-2008)

Mourning Burnham Glenn (1814-1905)


Click here to read the stories of all of these pioneering women and their contributions to San Bernardino.


No Railroad Days in San Bernardino This Year

The San Bernardino Railroad Days for 2015 have been CANCELLED because of major construction on the tracks and around the Santa Fe Depot.


March 31, 1986 - A Day to Remember


(Photo courtesy of Craig Walker)


*  The above photograph shows ATSF 2394, Santa Fe's only Alco RS-1, switching in San Bernardino's B Yard on January 26, 1974.  In 1986, the engine became part of the Santa Fe Museum Train.

*  This engine was one of nine diesel engines and three steam locomotives (0-4-0 #5 'Little Buttercup', 4-8-4 #2925 and 2-10-4 #5021) that Santa Fe had stored in Albuquerque with the intention of building a railroad museum.

*  The museum never materialized and instead the engines were donated to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

*  On March 31, 1986, the Santa Fe Museum Train with twelve historic engines departed New Mexico for California.

*  As of December 2014, San Bernardino's switcher, #2394, was in the California State Railroad Museum's Shop undergoing restoration.

*  The Sep. - Oct. 2014 issue of the Santa Fe Western Archives Newsletter contains several photographs of the historic Santa Fe Museum Train of 1986 and Jeff Staggs discusses the fate of the historic engines.

Click here to view an update on the status of the engines of the Santa Fe Museum Train.


Western Archives Newsletter for Jan. - Feb. 2015

The Ed Van Nordeck Collection

In this issue of the newsletter, we see a sampling of Santa Fe materials donated by Ed Van Nordeck, a former Santa Fe employee.

The box contained promotional material, official Santa Fe forms, note pads and other assorted ephemeral items.

Two bound books that came from the Santa Fe station at Corona, California, were also found in the box.

One of the books is an employee attendance and payroll ledger dated from 1912 to 1919.

The other is a book of weather observations from 1924 to 1939.

Click here to view the entire newsletter.


Historic Dates



           All of these photographs have a connection to San Bernardino.

Can you place a name or date on any of these photos?

Want to know the story behind each picture?


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