I realize that with this edition of Throwback Thursday, I may get some yawns. History bores many, and I get that.
However, I always find the historical archives of our local cities to be quite fascinating. What is even more fascinating is that these archives are now available on the web. All I really did was Google “Pomona Valley” and up came a free Google book download on its history. Written by F. P. Brackett, the historical chronicle tells the tales of the early days of our eastward region. The name of the book is about as long as a Fiona Apple album title; “History of Pomona Valley with biographical sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the Valley Who Have Been Identified with Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present” (exhale). Included in this document is another tale entitled “A Brief Early History of the San Jose Rancho and its Subsequent Cities-Pomona, San Dimas, Claremont, La Verne and Spadra. Wait. Rewind. Spadra? Where the hell, or what the hell was Spadra? According to David Allen of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Spadra was a small village that lay between what is now Mission Blvd and the 57 Freeway. The Spadra village was host to a major stagecoach line. The Village began to deteriorate as the railroads passed through the village. The only remnant of Spadra is the creepy (and haunted) Phillips Mansion/Old Cemetery over on Pomona Blvd. Pomona Valley historians hailed Spadra as “The Village That Died”. Lovely!
This highlight only scratches the surface of the wealth of information provided in this book. Not only that, for all of you weirdos who are into getting freaked out by ghosts, you now have a new location: the ruins Spadra. If you do visit the site, I would ask that you please take a photo of yourself, tag me on Instagram (@30mileseast) and scream “THIS IS SPADRA!!!!”.
Happy Throwback Thursday!
Images retrieved from:
History of Pomona Valley with biographical sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the Valley Who Have Been Identified with Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present” by FP Brackett