Situated along the eastern border of Los Angeles County and at the foot of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains is the community of Claremont. The city, founded in 1887 and incorporated in 1907, quickly became one of Southern California’s most unique communities. Known as the “City of Trees and PhDs,” Claremont has become famous for its lush oak-and-sycamore-lined boulevards, beautifully crafted architecture, and as the home of the highly praised liberal arts schools of the Claremont Colleges. First settled by the Serrano peoples on Indian Hill Mesa and once part of the vast Rancho San Jose, Claremont has gone through several important periods, including expanding from a frontier town to a Congregationalist hub and transitioning from a citrus powerhouse to an artist colony. Equal parts suburban community and college town, Claremont has attracted many for its picturesque setting and charming small-town feel.
Author Bio: Authors Eva Landsberg and Sean Stanley, in partnership with the Claremont Heritage, have sought to preserve Claremont’s rich history through the use of vintage photographs from the archives of the Claremont Heritage, the Ella Strong Denison Library on the Scripps College campus, and the Special Collections at Honnold/Mudd Library of the Claremont Colleges. These images are presented here in an attempt to honor and preserve the history of Claremont and its unique and vibrant community.
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