Upland, CA

Upland, CA                      909-303-6566

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With an estimated population of 73,732, Upland, CA is a city found in the San Bernardino County, California in the United States.

The city was incorporated on May 15, 1906. It was previously known as North Ontario. The city is also located at the foot of the highest part of San Gabriel Mountains.

In addition. The city is part of the inland empire which is a metropolitan area that is situated directly east of the Metropolitan area.

Brief History

The City of Upland was formally an irrigation colony that was started by George and William Chaffey. It started as a small rural town that had specialized in citrus fruits and grapes.

Upland is located at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains on an east-west trail that was used by the Indians and Spanish missionaries. Part of it is now known as the Old Spanish Trail. To the west, the trail led to the San Gabriel Mission, which Spanish Missionaries built in 1771.

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In 1774, Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza established an overland route from Arizona to California. Part of the trail passing through present day Upland on the way to the San Gabriel Mission.

California became part of the United States at the end of the Mexican–American War in 1846. This was followed by American settlers who began to arrive in California in large numbers with the California Gold Rush of 1849.

The Cucamonga Rancho changed hands several times. However, the area that present-day Upland occupies was little more than an uninhabited ranchland and a place to pass through. This was until the arrival of George Chaffey in 1882.

Chaffey, a Canadian shipbuilder from the province of Ontario, had already established the Etiwanda irrigation community in 1881. He was irrigating the land with a series of flumes carried water from the mountains to a reservoir from which water would then be sent to the relative land sites.

The city continued and grew to what is now known as Upland.


The racial composition of Upland was 48,364 (65.6%) White (44.2% Non-Hispanic White), 5,400 (7.3%) African American, 522 (0.7%) Native American, 6,217 (8.4%) Asian, 159 (0.2%) Pacific Islander, 9,509 (12.9%) from other races, and 3,561 (4.8%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 28,035 persons (38.0%).


Upland is home to Cable Airport. This is the world’s largest family-owned, public-use, general aviation airport.Fontana carpet cleaning

The nearby Ontario International Airport and more distant Los Angeles International Airport offer commercial flights.

The city is also served by the Metrolink Commuter Rail system on the San Bernardino line. The road transport is also developed in the area and connects it to the neighboring cities.


The top employer in the city according to the 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report places the San Antonio Community Hospital as the top employer with almost 2000 workers. It is closely followed by Upland Unified School District, City of Upland, Walmart, Upland Rehabilitation, and Care Center, Target, etc

Rich Culture


Upland is known for its rich Southern California Skateboarding culture as a location for vertical skateboarding.


The city is home to the Upland Fire Department Museum. The museum houses firefighting equipment and photographs. The station building dates back to 1915. The museum houses the original Upland fire truck from 1916.

Cooper Regional History Museum. The former headquarters of the Ontario-Cucamonga (O.K.) Fruit Exchange is a 1937 Art Moderne style building on the corner of Second Avenue and “A” Street, in Upland. The largest room is dedicated to the wine and citrus history of the area. There is a smaller room with Native American photos and tools, and a hallway bursting with photographs and antique furniture


The Grove Theatre is located in the Historic District of downtown Upland. The 831-seat theater was built in 1947.

City’s festivals

The Upland Lemon Festival began in 1997 and is celebrated annually in April. The festival celebrates the city’s citrus industry and includes the Lemon Idol vocal contest, food competitions, and carnival rides.

Interesting locations

The city has areas of interest that one might be fascinated in. They include;

  • The Madonna Trail
  • Historic Route 66
  • Historic Downtown Upland
  • Euclid Avenue