To the editor:

On behalf of the San Gorgonio Pass Historical Society, I would like to congratulate the Cherry Festival Association for another terrific festival this year.

I’d also like to extend congratulations to the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Rotary, which hosted a great parade on June 1, and I was very pleased to see so many participants.

Our float was among the parade entries, and we thank the Rotary for awarding us the Theme Sweepstakes honor and a five-foot trophy sponsored by City of Beaumont.

The historical society’s float was created to highlight local historical sites and to encourage everyone to visit these gems right here in the San Gorgonio Pass.

The float’s large murals depicted both the Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum and the San Timoteo Canyon School House.

These two properties, operated by the Riverside County Regional Parks and Open-Space District, are open to the public.

The historical tours, picnicking, hiking trails and expansive views at these sites warrant repeated visits with family and friends.

I encourage everyone to take a look at the websites for each of these attractions, plan a visit and learn more about our local history.

Our float also featured just a few of the many other historical locations to visit in our area, including the Morongo Reservation’s Malki Museum, the historic Dowling Fruit Orchard, the Beaumont Library, the Cabazon dinosaurs and Bogart Park.

At the Cherry Festival, the historical society also hosted a 400-square-foot history exhibit featuring about 45 vintage photographs of the area — some images depict scenes dating back to the late 1800s.

Many, many visitors viewed our exhibit, and we were so pleased to talk to both new residents and “long-timers,” who offered valuable recollections about the sites and events of the area.

Over the summer, the historical society will display our history exhibit at Beaumont’s Freedom Fest on July 4 at Stewart Park, and our museum will be open on two Saturdays, July 6 and Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Our museum is located inside the Beaumont Woman’s Club at 306 E. 6th St.

I hope everyone will explore local historical sites and continue to learn about the rich history of the San Gorgonio Pass.

Sean Balingit, president

San Gorgonio Pass Historical Society

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