Located in the foothills of Los Angeles County’s San Gabriel Mountains, San Dimas is home to approximately 33,000 residents and is considere done of the most interesting and charming historic towns in the area. At the Law Offices of Daniel Flores, we welcome helping the residents of this town and the surrounding areas.It lies between the Glendora and Covina Mountains to the west, with the cities of La Verne to the north and east, Pomona to the south and east, and Walnut to the southwest.
Originally developed in 1837 as a prime spot for sheep and cattle ranches, the town maintains this legacy with an early Western theme in its downtown area, characterized by old-fashioned storefronts and wooden sidewalks. It also features many unique tourist attractions, including the San Dimas Canyon Nature Center, the Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, Raging Waters Los Angeles water park, and the Pacific Railroad Museum.
San Dimas was occupied by Gabrielino Indians as early as 1000 BC, but the first European exploration occurred in 1774 by Spanish frontier soldier Captain Juan Bautista De Anza as he established the first overland route from Mexico to California through the Sonoran Desert. American Jedediah Strong Smith arrived in the area in 1826, which was then referred to as La Cienega Mud Springs, for its mud springs with reportedly healing properties (today near Arrow Highway and San Dimas Canyon Avenue).
In 1837, Spanish brothers-in-law Señor Ignacio Palomares and Señor Ricardo Vejar obtained a land grant from Mexican Governor Juan Bautista Alvarado. Christening the area Rancho San Jose, they used the area’s semi-arid and wilderness pastures for raising sizable herds of cattle.
According to local legend, the name San Dimas inadvertently arose from Palomares, who was consistently plagued by raiding outlaws (possible renegade Indians) stealing cattle and hiding them in the mountain canyons. In his home state of Sonora, Mexico, a village existed called San Dimas, named after Saint Dimas, the Catholic saint of criminals, reformed thieves, condemned prisoners, and undertakers. He is celebrated with a feast day on March 25th.
Frustrated by the frequent losses, Palomares supposedly cursed his bad luck and invoked Saint Dimas. The canyon became known as San Dimas, and the town later adopted this name as well when the Santa Fe Railroad entered the area in 1887, officially putting the community on the map. The San Jose Ranch Company divided the land into lots, laid down roads, and opened the first businesses.
The first farmers to settle in San Dimas arrived in 1878. The Teague family leased a large amount of land to raise wheat and grain, then began growing oranges, lemons, and other citrus crops to be shipped all over the globe. The city became known as the “queen of the citrus belt,” but the citrus boom waned in the mid-1900s as development increased in the area. After being officially incorporated as a city in 1960, San Dimas transformed from a primarily agrarian community to a metropolitan area filled with commerce, industry, and residential homes. Although it features many quaint parks, museums, and other appealing attractions, it has successfully kept its equestrian, small-town appeal and is far too quaint and cozy to beconsidereda tourist town.
If you are looking for a change of pace from the typical bustling tourist areas, San Dimas is a true historical gem with a variety of fun spots and activities for the whole family.
San Dimas and the surrounding areas offer fun activities for all interests. If you find yourself in need of legal advice during your visit, we can help.
If you drink a little too much during your stay or need the help of a local attorney, contact Daniel P. Flores to reach the best outcome in your case.
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