12 Fascinating Facts About Yucaipa, CA

Yucaipa is located in the southwestern United States, in southeastern California, approximately 80 miles east of Los Angeles.

#12 – Twenty Three Yucaipa High School Graduates Have Been Drafted to Play Major League Baseball

6 of these players have actually played in a major league baseball game.

#11 – The Yucaipa Adobe is the Oldest Building in San Bernardino County

It is believed that James Waters, noted hunter, trapper, and mountaineer, built the Yucaipa Adobe in 1858-1859. Mr. Waters stocked his Yucaipa Rancho with sheep, driving herds as far as Arizona and Montana. The building is located at 32183 Kentucky St.

#10 – Yucaipa has 41 Mobile Home Communities (we think that’s a lot)

#9 – In 1920, Yucaipa Township Had a Population of 731

#8 – Yucaipa Valley National Bank Was the First Financial Institution in the Community.

It opened on January 2, 1947

#7 – Restaurants Were Popular in 1950’s Yucaipa, But Beer Taverns Were Not.

Hal and Florence Sherman operated the Park and Eat restaurant at 34409 Yucaipa Boulevard, where the Sports Shack was for many years. Restaurants were a popular thing in the 1950’s, but if you wanted to open a tavern, good luck! One application filed by a prospective tavern-owner prompted a protest petition signed by 2,000 concerned local residents.

# 6 – Yucaipa High School Was Originally Located on 6th Street

The original Yucaipa High School campus which opened in 1959, is now used as the Oak View High School and Education Center on sixth Street. Prior to 1959, students completed junior high in Yucaipa and then had to travel to Redlands to attend high school. The campus moved to its current location on Yucaipa Blvd. in 1970 and now houses grades 9–12.

# 5 – Thanks in Part to a Large Land Donation – Crafton Hills College Opened in 1972

Since its opening on September 11, 1972 Crafton Hills College has served as a beacon for higher learning in the San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Much of the college is built on land that Ruben and Lester Finklestein donated through their foundation The Finkelstein Foundations to Crafton Hills College. The original donation included 167 acres of land in 1966 with 76 acres more in 1970 and finally donating 251 acres of additional land. Crafton Hills College now serves approximately 6,200 students each semester with both evening and night classes.

#4 – Yucaipa was Originally Populated by Serrano Indians

The land of the Yucaipa Valley was occupied by the Serrano Indians for possibly 1,000 years. The fertile valley was watered by springs and creeks running out of the San Bernardino Mountains. The Serrano lived in this location most of the year, but would make excursions into the mountains to gather acorns and other food items during their harvest season. The Serrano name for the area was Yucaipa which meant “green valley”.

#3 – Before Chapman Heights Was Developed, Yucaipa had over 1,000 Acres of Fruit Trees

In December 1989 Yucaipa incorporated, and in 1998 one of the last vestiges of its agricultural past was removed when 1000 acres of orange and grapefruit trees were bulldozed to make way for Chapman Heights, a development of 3000 homes, two schools and a golf course.

#2 – Former Miss California Susan Anton, Was a Yucaipa High Graduate 

Susan Anton Graduated from YHS in 1968. She first experienced fame by winning the nearby Miss Redlands and later the Miss California beauty contests in 1969. She has been recognized as a multi talented international star for more than 35 years in television, film, theater, and concert venues.

#1 – Stater Bros Market Was Founded in Yucaipa 

Stater Bros. traces its beginnings back to a small grocery store on West Yucaipa Boulevard in Yucaipa, California.  The Stater brothers purchased the original market from W.A. Davis with a $600 down payment and opened for business on August 17, 1936.

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  1. Annie
    April 12, 2017

    Gold was discovered in the Crafton Hills in the early 1840’s before it was discovered in Sutter’s Mill and people mined there until the end of WWII.

  2. April 12, 2017

    Fascinating information about our beloved community! I believe there used to be a spider farm that harvested spider webs.

    1. Jan
      July 10, 2017

      Yes, I was told they raised Black Widow spiders for parachute material during WWII. Don’t know if that is a fact, but we do have quite a crop of them around our area.

  3. HD
    April 12, 2017

    I just googled the spiderweb farm in Yucaipa and came up with a newspaper story that tells all about it.

    1. Jeanne
      April 13, 2017

      Hence the spider farm!

  4. Matt Vander Veen
    April 12, 2017

    Fun fact:
    In the 1970’s and 80’s, Yucaipa had more flies per square foot than the population of the entire world.

    1. Jeanne
      April 13, 2017

      Hence the spider farm!

  5. Pete
    April 12, 2017

    If Yucaipa High wasn’t open until 1970 how did Susan Anton graduate from there in 1968?

    1. admin
      April 13, 2017

      The original Yucaipa High School campus on sixth street opened in 1959. The campus moved to its current location on Yucaipa Blvd. in 1970.

    2. Shelly Minium
      April 13, 2017

      See #6 where our old middle school was the original Yucaipa high school.

  6. Bill Lawson
    April 13, 2017

    1989 ruined Yucaipa forever

    1. Jan B
      April 13, 2017


    2. JJ
      April 13, 2017

      No, it made it a real city.

  7. JJ
    April 13, 2017

    Our city is one of the best managed in the state..

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