The city of Upland is another foothill community that started its existence as a citrus town – a community first founded to capitalize on the citrus industry thriving all over the San Gabriel Valley starting in the late 19th century. Founded in 1887 and known as North Ontario, the official city of Upland wasn’t incorporated until 1906.
Reminders of its past can be seen in landmarks like the Old Fire Station at 151 D Street, which is currently being refurbished, as well as a concerted effort by the city to use a signage program that identifies the city’s nine historic districts to residents and visitors. Anyone who chooses Upland for their home will find, the city motto boasts, that they’re living in a place with “more than a century of gracious living.”
Whether it’s the motto or something else, Upland is a popular destination for many people. The city population, according to a 2010 census, was 76,000. That number, however, is already changing and the community is growing: City expectations are that the population will reach 80,000 by 2015. From that same 2010 census, the estimated household income was identified as $80,386.
With the San Gabriel Mountain range to the north, the city has large residential and retail communities and easy access to cities farther east and west (downtown Los Angeles is only about 30 miles west of Upland) thanks to the 210 Foothill and 10 San Bernardino freeways.
Much has been done to foster redevelopment and promote the city’s commercial side while preserving reminders of the past. Take the Santa Fe Depot, for example, which was once a part of the railroad serving travelers between L.A. and San Bernardino in the 1930s (now it is the home of Pacific Wine Merchants).
The city’s downtown provides a quiet, leisurely space for strollers to shop at a variety of antique stores, custom shops and fine restaurants. In the spring and summer, Thursday evenings at the Town Center are the location of a popular, certified Farmer’s Market known as the “Second Avenue Market.”
More than 12,000 children attend schools in the Upland Unified School District (10 elementary, 2 junior high, 2 high school) – many of these are past recipients of recognition as California Distinguished Schools and California Title 1 Achieving Schools.
And, for a less traditional form of achievement by local youths, Upland is also an important part of the early history of skateboarding culture. The city was once the home of the Pipeline Skate Park, opened in 1977, which skateboarders considered one of the “gnarliest” parks around. Today Upland still has a skate park offering plenty of gnarly action … provided that skateboarders wear the right equipment (helmets and pads) of course! Upland Ca 91784 homes for sale. Upland Ca 91786.
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