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Ontario City is situated in the San Bernardino County (California) which is in United States. According to 2000 census, recorded population in Ontario was 170,373. The lands of Ontario were earlier used for foraging and hunting by the Tongva Indians. The remains of the Serrano village in the neighboring foothills of modern city of Claremont show that Serrano Indians used the terrain areas of Serrano. The middle school and city park in Serrano bears the name of an explorer Juan Bautista de Anza who passed all the way through Serrano in the time phase of 1774.

The well known area of Serrano called as “san Antonio” was named after San Bernardino Asistencia and was a colony of San Gabriel mission. The present day Foothill Blvd was used by Jedediah Smith for the first journey on land in 1826. In 1834 the lands of California were privatized after secularization happened in California. The Chaffey family in the year 1881 bought and got full hold of the land and water rights so as to make a water drainage via which the farmers can water the crops and can prevent periodic floods destroying the Ontario city.

The Waffey brothers were the creators of Euclid Avenue. The new “model colony” was earlier named as dry town still it caught attraction of easterners’ and farmers of citrus who were looking for a drier soil conditions. The fountain which is today located at the Ontario Museum of History and Art was earlier located next to the South Pacific railway station so as to gather attention of the visitors and the fountain was meant to show the visitors “abundance” of water in Ontario. The fountain was always started just minutes before the train arrives at the Southern Pacific railway station.

Many streets are named after the agricultural sources which were the early means to create economy in the Ontario region such as Sunkist plant shows the legacy of citrus era. Charles Frankish developed passenger trolley driven by mule in 1887 which used to travel between 24th Street and Euclid Avenue. The mule cart used to run up to the downtown of the Ontario region and today it is commemorated via a statue in the C Street near to the Euclid Avenue median. Ontario got the status of a city in the year 1891 and the modern day upland (which was earlier north Ontario) broke apart from Ontario in the year 1906.

The first youth gang of Ontario was formed in the year 1940 from community of Mexican workers involved in olive groves and Ontario's citrus work. By 1950s, Ontario varrio sur emerged as powerful members of Mexican mafia. Ontario started developing and slowly but steadily it emerged as a beautiful city of the United States and so is catching maximum tourist attention these days.

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