| The native people of the area were the Serrano, and the Kukamonga Indians. They were a sub-culture of the Gabrielino Indians. To locate more information about the Native Americans of this area please click on the following links:
Spaniards have been living in this area of California since the mid-1500s. In the late 1700s, the King of Spain owned the land where Fontana City Hall now stands. To begin your search for more information about the Spanish rule please click on the following links:
The Mexican Revolution occurred in the early 1800s. What influence did this historical event have in the development of this community?
Don Antonio Maria Lugo and his family were landowners who began the development of this area in the early 1800s. To find out how Lugo and a group of Mormon settlers are connected follow the links.
A. B. Miller can be called the founding father of Fontana. His business sense and foresight took an isolated piece of land and turned it into a place of community and business opportunities. On a rainy night Miller decided Fontana would be the perfect place to live. To locate the importance of water and the influence of A. B. Miller on Fontana look into the links below:
Walnut trees, citrus orchards, and vineyards became a way of life for the people of this area. What evidence do you see today of the agriculture in Fontana?
Rabbits, hogs, chickens, and garbage! How do these help the community of Fontana in the 1900s? The facts are quite interesting!
As more people came to the area the need for more efficient roads became apparent. Route 66 is a historic road that begins at the Pacific Ocean and passes through Fontana on its way across California.
Henry Kaiser brought the steel industry to Fontana. With his business jobs were created and revenue generated for the city. Kaiser steel was important during World War II. Why? The site where the steel plant once flourished is now home to the California Speedway.