Lillie Langtry comes to San Bernardino
Lillie Langtry, an English actress known for her beauty and charm, was born in 1853 on the small island of Jersey, one of the British Channel Islands.
In 1881, at the suggestion of her friend Oscar Wilde, Lillie began her stage career. A year later she started her own production company, touring the UK .
Mrs. Langtry came to the United States in 1882 and her first tour in the States was an enormous success.
Lillie rapidly became a superstar and for for decades commanded record-breaking fees (e.g., in 1905 when Lillie was in her 50's she was earning $2,500 a week for her work in vaudeville).
Lillie toured the United States thirteen times between 1882 and 1917.
Records show that Mrs. Langtry performed in San Bernardino in July of 1887 and again in May of 1888.
Click here to see the May 3, 1888, souvenir program from the San Bernardino Opera House in which Lillie Langtry starred as Lady Ormond in "A Wife's Peril".
Lillie performed on stage until 1918. She died in Monaco in 1929 (the same year Wyatt Earp died).
Note: Langtry, Texas was named after a railroad civil engineer, not Ms. Lillie, and was the home of Judge Roy Bean ("Justice of the Peace, Law West of Pecos"). Bean, infatuated with Lillie Langtry, often wrote her, but never met her. He even named the saloon that he dispensed his justice from, "The Jersey Lilly" [sic].
ATSF 3751 was moved into Viaduct Park (just west of the Santa Fe Depot) on May 14, 1958. Attached to the front of the steam locomotive is a push car with an air compressor mounted upon it. The compressor supplies air to the air brakes on the locomotive.
3751 was built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in May 1927 at a cost of $99,713, and was the first 4-8-4 built for Santa Fe.
The engine was retired in August, 1953, and was donated to the City of San Bernrdino in 1958 for display in Viaduct Park. The locomotive remained there until 1986 when she was moved to the former Kaiser Steel Mill in Fontana. There, the restoration was completed after countless hours of work by dedicated volunteers of the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society and at a cost of more than $700,000.
The locomotive began her second life as a steam excursion locomotive when she was charted to pull the "California Limited" from Los Angeles to Bakersfield and return in December of 1991. Since then, the locomotive has pulled numerous excursions to destinations including Chicago, Sacramento, San Diego and the Grand Canyon.
3751 was in San Bernardino in June of 2004 for the dedication ceremonies at the completion of the restoration of the 1918 Santa Fe Depot. The locomotive has pulled an excursion train from Los Angeles to San Bernardino and return every year from 2010 to 2014 for San Bernardino Railroad Days.
Today, 3751 is stored in Los Angeles at Redondo Junction.
Click here to learn more about 3751 and the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society.
Jerusha Bemis (1799-1872)
Clare Cherry (1919-1990)
Eliza Robbins Crafts (1825-1910)
Janet Miles (1901-2008)
Maria Armenta Bermdez (1806-1858)
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)
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.