Mark Landis

Mark Landis

Recent articles

  • Historical events

    The 1st automobile in San Bernardino County arrived in 1899

    On August 10, 1899, residents and shopkeepers rushed into the streets of downtown Redlands to investigate a commotion they had never heard before. The foreign commotion was the rhythmic chugging of a 2-cylinder gasoline engine, and clattering gears that were propelling the Inland Empire’s first automobile through the city streets.Redlands orchardist Cass Gaylord was the proud owner and pilot of the brand-new Haynes-Apperson automobile that was making a historic debut.The...

  • Hiking

    How ‘tourist hikers’ took over San Bernardino, San Gabriel mountains in 1880s

    “The Great Hiking Era” is a fitting phrase used by local historians, to describe the obsession that gripped Southern California from the 1880s to the late 1930s.In the 1880s, Southern California experienced a phenomenal land boom that brought settlers, investors, and tourists to the region in huge numbers. This boom produced a growing number of city dwellers who were drawn to the local mountains to reconnect with their “outdoorsman spirit.”Famed...

  • Book readings and signings

    ‘California’s Gold’ cameraman Luis Fuerte to talk about PBS series at local book signings

    When viewers watching the PBS television series “California’s Gold” heard Huell Howser’s folksy southern drawl call out “Louie, take a look at this,” they knew they were about to see something special or unique.Five-time Emmy-winning cameraman, Luis Fuerte, was the “Louie” behind the lens who worked seamlessly in tandem with Howser to film more than 300 episodes of local interest television shows. In his exuberant style, Howser...

  • Tourist rail excursions took shape in Southern California

    Beginning in the late 1800s, Southern California became a mecca for tourists, and the local railroads created tourist excursions that highlighted the region’s beautiful scenery, delightful new towns and unique local attractions.Many of the routes promoted the expansive orange groves and bustling citrus towns of the Inland Empire as highlights of the excursion.To draw new passengers, the railroads gave their tourist lines alluring names and catchy slogans that were...