The Townsite Era - Page 2


Dr. Barton & Company

This Old House

The Van Leuven's first home burned down in 1868. The stovepipe caught on fire and no one could put it out.

Anson and his wife Elizabeth molded thousands of bricks, fired them, and built a beautiful mansion.

You can see that home today at 10664 Mountain View Ave. in Loma Linda. It has been restored. It is now the office and clubhouse for an apartment complex.

Van Leuven Mansion on Mt. View Ave.

You can see the original bricks that the Van Leuvens made. Some of the stucco has fallen off the northeast corner of the house. The bricks look very much like the bricks on the Barton House or the John Rains house.

Horace Frink's Adventures

Horace Frink was a young man when the first Mormons traveled west. He drove Brigham Young's wagon to Salt Lake City. He came with the settlers to San Bernardino in 1851. He became a scout for General Fremont and drove wagons full of gold. He finally became a rancher and settled in the Loma Linda area.

Horace Frink liked the homes made of mud bricks called "adobe". He built a nice adobe home on Cottonwood Row. You can see it sitting among the orange trees at 26248 Mission Road. If you go by, you can see the house. Don't go in the house, though! There is a family living there.

The Frink Adobe is a historic home. It is owned by the City of Loma Linda. They plan to protect and restore it.

The Frink Family in front of their home, late 1800's
San Bernardino County Museum

Frink Adobe on Mission Road today

Horace Frink, the Army scout
San Bernardino County Museum

Snug Harbor

Captain Lewis Smith Davis bought an orange grove in Mound City in 1895. He had retired from the sea. He wanted a home with a view. He wanted to feel like his home was his ship.

The Davises had a 24-room house built. It is all made of redwood. The gardens are designed to look like the deck of a ship. The front porch is like the helm. There is a compass made into the tile on the porch.

In the picture (right) Captain Davis is inspecting his grove of orange trees. If you were standing there today, the view would be very different. The little palm trees are now very tall, and you would see Loma Linda Medical Center in the distance.

Snug Harbor is at 11170 Ritchie Circle, off Prospect Avenue. Loma Linda University now owns Snug Harbor. The University plans to restore it so patients visiting the hospital can stay there.

See the view from Captain Davis' front porch!

You must have QuickTime installed to see the panorama.

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 Snug Harbor Today