Firsts in San Bernardino

1948 - First McDonald's

Restaurant in the Country

opened (14th and E St.)

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HOURS:
Saturdays 10 AM - 3 PM

FREE Admission

FREE Parking

FREE Tours

LOCATION:
1170 W. Third Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

Map & Directions

MAILING ADDRESS:
San Bernardino
Historical &
Pioneer Society

P.O. Box 875
San Bernardino, CA 92402

EMAIL:
sbrrdays@me.com

PHONE:
(909) 888-3634 

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Depot & Museum Tour

April 05, 2017

Tours will  be conducted

on  the  first Wednesday of

each month at 10:00 am.

Call (909)  888-3634  for

a reservation.  FREE

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Group Tours

For a Group Tour on

Saturday or any other 

day call (909) 888-3634.

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Virtual Museum Tour

Click here for visual tour

of the museum.

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Photo Histories

Click here to view local San

Bernardino and railroad

photographic histories.

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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).

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Norton AFB Museum

Now Open:

Thursday 10:00 to 2:00

Saturday  10:00 to 2:00

More...

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Next Meeting at Coco's

The next meeting of the

National Association of

Retired & Veteran Railway

Employees will be held

at Coco's Restaurant.

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Thursday
May302013

Museum Houses 19th Century Gas Lamp

 

Gas and Electric Lights Come to the City of San Bernardino 

In 1881 the National Gas Company of New York, secured a franchise and put in an extensive [gas] plant.

November 2nd, 1881, the city [of San Bernardino] was first lighted by gas and the Times of that date declares: "Gas under the new dispensation was a brilliant success as was abundantly made manifest last evening."

[In 1891] the city was first lighted by electricity, the San Antonio Electric Co. putting in from 500 to 800 incandescent lights.

(Ingersoll's Century Annuals of San Bernardino County, 1769-1904, pp. 169 & 383)

Sunday
Feb102013

Mudge Motor Car


  A Replacement for

       the Handcar


Mudge Inspection Car

 

Built in 1917

 

Engine: Two-Cycle &     Air-Cooled

Friday
Feb012013

The Museum's Railroad Inspection and Work Vehicles

Handcar - Popular 1880's to 1920's19th Century Sheffield VelocipedeKalamazoo Inspection Car Used by Western UnionGasoline Powered M-19 Fairmont Motorcar

Saturday
Jan052013

Gold Scale from Starke's Hotel now in the Museum

 

 

This gold-weighting scale, used in the late 1800s, sat behind the registration counter of Starke's Hotel.  The hotel was built in 1880 by Augustus Starke, replacing the 1858 Pine's Hotel that had been built on the same site.

The Starke's Hotel, shown in the above photograph, was the first two-story brick hotel in San Bernardino and was located at the southeast corner of 3rd Street and Arrowhead Avenue.

The gold scale was donated to the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum in 2008 by William Starke, the great-great-grandson of Augustus Starke.

Saturday
Jan052013

Antique Fire Department Apparatus in the Museum

1853 Hook & Ladder; San Bernardino owned one in the late 1800's c. 1860 - Four Wheeled "Hose Carriage", Built by George Ruhl

 

1878 Hose Cart used by San Bernardino Fire DepartmentSan Bernardino 1890 Hose Wagon as Seen in Eight Rose Parades

 

Friday
Jan042013

Click here to see a glimpse of the Fred Harvey Company and its role in San Bernardino as depicted in one of our Photo Histories.  

View a Harvey Girl uniform and a variety of Harvey artifacts on your next visit to the Museum.