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The 1938 Flood in Claremont

The 1938 flood was considered a 50 or 100 year event - It is the reason the San Antonio Dam was built and evidently why the Los Angeles River was turned into concrete channels.

In the mountains above Upland and Claremont, at Kelly's Camp, now a campground at 8,300 feet between Ontario and Cucamonga peaks, 32.2 inches of rain fell in a few days, mostly on March 1 and 2, 1938. Down in the canyon, the deluge virtually wiped out the camp and resorts at Camp Baldy with several residents drowned or missing.

On the flatlands, things were scarcely better. Claremont officials dynamited the Foothill Boulevard bridge to direct San Antonio Creek back into its channel and away from Scripps College, whose buildings were inundated.

A day earlier the rain had its most deadly impact. The Claremont house of a family named Laskey next to San Antonio Creek was torn from its foundation and slammed into their car as they tried to escape. A mother and two children - one 3 weeks old - were swept to their deaths.


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Claremont, CA. Architecture + Culture

Much of what Claremont is today is the direct result of actions taken by the community's founders more than 100 years ago. Trees planted at the turn of the century now compete with nearby mountain peaks for dominance of the local skyline. The Claremont Colleges have become some of the nation's most highly respected educational and cultural institutions. The historic central core remains a vital residential and retail district, one of the last true "downtowns" in the region. And the spirit of Claremont's original "town meeting" form of self-governance lives on in today's active and involved citizenry—citizens who continue to build on the successes of the past in order to ensure an even brighter future.


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Tree Crisis in Claremont, CA - City of Trees

We are in a Tree Crisis!

In the fourth year of a historic drought, Californians are being required to cut water usage. Many communities including Claremont, a Tree City USA, are losing mature trees that shade our homes and yards, clean and cool the air and contribute to our physical and emotional well-being.

Together We can Save Water and Save the Trees!


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Claremont, CA - Public Art + Pomona Valley Artists

Claremont has been a lively arts community since the early 1930’s, mainly due to the influence that a young visionary, Millard Sheets, brought to the fledgling art department at Scripps College. Inextricably linked were the artists, craftspeople and architects that Sheets retained to teach, many who later made Claremont home, thereby influencing generations of artists and makers into the future. Claremont became a veritable hotbed of modernism and as Karl Benjamin would later say, “. . . the epicenter of the art world in Southern California in the 1950s and 1960s.”


Millard Sheets by his Friends


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