Last Aug. 22 I wrote a column on the Seven Wonders of the Inland Valley, a silly local response to the global Seven Wonders list that had just been revised.
Like the revision, my list was made up of seven things still in existence: The Donahoo’s rooster, the Montclair Mystery Tower, the Magic Lamp Inn, the University of La Verne Super Tents, the “full order” at Vince’s Spaghetti, 94-year-old restaurateur Ramon Sanchez of Ramon’s Cactus Patch and, to throw in a ringer, a completely faded stop sign in Rancho Cucamonga (which was replaced by a cherry red model within days of the column’s appearance).
After my list broke, reader Derek Deason sent me a note with an idea:
“Hey, about your Seven Wonders of the Inland Valley, you should do a column on the Seven Ancient Wonders of the Inland Valley. One could be the Valley Drive-In sign. Or the big Christmas tree that used to be at the Pomona Valley Center mall at Holt and Indian Hill, before Sears left and it was an open-air mall.”
Not a bad idea, eh? I let this sit around (in those pre-blog days)(how did we ever get along without my blog?) with the thought of following up at some point.
Well, let’s do it here. Any ideas of iconic, vanished wonders that should be on the list?