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Guachama Rancheria – California Historical Landmark #95

4 panoramas; 1 detail screen; photographed on June 10, 2012

 

Guachama Rancheria was a Native American community located in what is now Loma Linda, California.  Unfortunately, nothing visible remains of the original village. The marker commemorating the site is located in Loma Linda’s Heritage Park. At the time the panoramas were taken, the park was still under development and access was blocked by locked gates. The marker can be seen through the fence though.

You can use the navigation buttons in the lower left corner of the panorama window above to look to the left and right, up and down, and to zoom in and out. If you prefer, you can also look around by moving the mouse with the left button held down, and you can use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out. When you are ready, click on one of the hot links to move to the next panorama. If you have trouble finding the hot links, the “Guide” button can be used to reveal them. For the best visual experience, click on the “Full Screen” button.

This collection consists of just 4 panoramas and a detail screen for the marker itself. To find the historical marker, click on the link near the two-story building immediately above the park sign. To see the marker, look down and to the right behind the fence. Click on the marker to bring up the detail screen on which the marker’s text can be read.

The marker is somewhat unusual in that it says nothing about what Guachama Rancheria was, when it existed, who lived there, or what became of them. It is to be hoped that as Heritage Park is developed, exhibits will be provided with information on the first people who lived in this area, the lifestyle and culture that sustained them for countless centuries, and the many hardships and injustices they suffered when that lifestyle and culture were engulfed by the advance of western civilization. In the meantime, the following link provides some information about the history of the area, the native peoples who lived here, and the neighboring village of Politana:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politana,_California

The actual site of the Rancheria is further down the street from Heritage Park. To get to it, return to the starting panorama and then click the link under the power lines. The village site is now a residential area. An earlier marker used to be located in the big clump of bushes to the right of the last house on the right across the street. 

At the time of this writing, little information is available about the other buildings in Heritage Park. The old stone structure and arch were apparently part of an administration building from a post-mission period ranch that followed on the site. The locomotive is a 1954 Alco S-4:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Model_Railroads_Of_Southern_California/message/2521

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ALCO_S-2_and_S-4

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