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Inland Empire’s history celebrated at San Bernardino’s Santa Fe Depot

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The Inland Empire’s history was celebrated Saturday, April 13, at the Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino.

History Day at the Santa Fe Depot brought together more than 20 historical societies and organizations, four museums and 10 local authors — all there to share their knowledge of the Inland Empire.

  • Jesse Cross and Riley’s Mountaineers performs during Inland Empire History Day at the Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino Saturday, April 13, 2024. (Contributing Photographer/John Valenzuela)

  • Historian Marilyn Mills, explains what a roadometer is to a...

    Historian Marilyn Mills, explains what a roadometer is to a crowd of people during Inland Empire History Day at the Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino Saturday, April 13, 2024. The odometer like device is a 19th-century device for measuring mileage, mounted on a wagon wheel. (Contributing Photographer/John Valenzuela)

  • San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum volunteer Jaime Romero, talks...

    San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum volunteer Jaime Romero, talks with Kerry Jones of Rialto, about historical railroad keys during the Inland Empire History Day at the Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino Saturday, April 13, 2024. (Contributing Photographer/John Valenzuela)

  • Carol Jones of Simi Valley, admires miniature trains displayed by...

    Carol Jones of Simi Valley, admires miniature trains displayed by Cyrus Model Builders during Inland Empire History Day at the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum in San Bernardino Saturday, April 13, 2024. (Contributing Photographer/John Valenzuela)

  • Visitors look around the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum...

    Visitors look around the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum during the Inland Empire History Day at the Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino Saturday, April 13, 2024. (Contributing Photographer/John Valenzuela)

  • San B’Dino Hose No. 1 fire truck, is displayed at...

    San B’Dino Hose No. 1 fire truck, is displayed at the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum during the Inland Empire History Day in San Bernardino Saturday, April 13, 2024. (Contributing Photographer/John Valenzuela)

  • A Visitor to the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum...

    A Visitor to the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum takes pictures during the Inland Empire History Day at the Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino Saturday, April 13, 2024. (Contributing Photographer/John Valenzuela)

  • Historical Southern Pacific Railroad locks are displayed in a case...

    Historical Southern Pacific Railroad locks are displayed in a case at the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum during the Inland Empire History Day in San Bernardino Saturday, April 13, 2024. (Contributing Photographer/John Valenzuela)

Groups from Riverside and San Bernardino counties were represented — from Lake Elsinore to Victorville to Oak Glen to Rialto and many communities in between — bringing with them details about the region’s diverse history.

Historical demonstrations and an opportunity to pan for gold were all part of the free event, which also included opening remarks from San Bernardino Mayor Helen Tran and Fifth District Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr.

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