How Big Were Their Footprints?

Sanitarium Times


As Seventh-day Adventists move into Loma Linda, the community grows, but not much at first. There are a few dozen homes, some small stores, a gas station, and the College of Medical Evangelists. Most of the area around the town is still citrus groves.



The college builds a big water tower on top of the Mound. At first, artesian wells give lots of water.

More and more wells are drilled into the ground. The water level begins to drop. Electric pumps have to pull the water up from far below. Cities fight each other for water rights.

Citrus still dominates the environment. The College has a dairy, chicken ranch and many acres of farmland.

There is very little vacant land in Loma Linda. Native plants are considered "weeds."

As people build homes, stores and schools, they use stronger materials.

The earliest Sanitarium is gone now, but later buildings are made of stucco and cement, and are still standing.

People in Loma Linda want healthy food. It is part of their religion. The College has a dairy and chicken ranch where the cows and chickens eat only plants. Seventh-day Adventists are mostly vegetarians.

The College sells its milk and eggs all around the valley. People ask for their healthy products. The cows and chickens are not butchered for their meat.

Most people in Loma Linda are unaware that Native Americans ever lived here.

A developer accidentally digs up an Indian cemetary as he bulldozes land to build houses.

The Bottom Line:

The new settlers, mostly Seventh-day Adventists, don't know much about the early history. Many come from other states. They don't try very hard to preserve the old landmarks. They are concerned with building a hospital and a college. The community is still quite small, so it doesn't have a huge impact on the environment at first. As the town grows, there is more trash, sewage and pollution.