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Comings and goings in Banning often amounted to coming and going. Located in the San Gorgonio Pass between Mt. San Gorgonio and Mt. San Jacinto, the city was once a way station for stagecoach travelers, as well as a midway rest stop for motorists making the trip between Riverside and Palm Springs. The headquarters crews that built the Colorado River Aqueduct made longer stopovers. Gen. George S. Patton Jr. bivouacked his tanks in the deserts east of Banning to train prior to their deployment in North Africa's Sahara to fight the Second World War. But many stayed in Banning, too, and ranched the badlands; grew almonds, peaches, and other crops; built plants to dry the fruit and manufacture plastic goods; and generally stuck around "the pass," making it much more than just a place in the rearview mirror.
ISBN: 9780738529929
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author and resident Kenneth M. Holtzclaw is a retired staff research associate at the University of California, Riverside. He has assembled this delve into Banning's past using his own vintage photographs, as well as those owned by the City of Banning, Banning Public Library, Gilman Ranch Historical Wagon Museum, San Gorgonio Pass Historical Society, Laura May Stewart Foundation, and other private collectors.
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