Mapping the Pomona Valley

After creating a neighborhood-by-neighborhood map of the city of Los Angeles online, the L.A. Times is now doing the same for the rest of L.A. County.

The portion of the map designated Pomona Valley includes Pomona, Claremont and La Verne, with maps, demographics and school information for each. Click on the links above to see ‘em.

The map also identifies an area around southwestern Pomona and north of Walnut as “Ramona, an unincorporated area with a population of 4,053″ that allegedly includes Cal Poly and nearby land, some of which is actually within Pomona city limits. I’ve never heard of Ramona and neither has my colleague Joe Blackstock, who checked a midcentury map book that didn’t use the term either.

But it’s a useful project and mistakes will surely be cleaned up as readers react.

Favorite stat, about both Claremont and La Verne: “The percentage of white people is high for the county.” No kidding!

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  • http://empoprise-ie.blogspot.com/ John E. Bredehoft

    It appears that Ramona is just west of Paramount…and just as mysterious.

    [It must be migrating eastward! -- DA]

  • Matt Swift

    Ramona is actually just east of Escondido.

  • Ren

    Well thay were going to call the 10 Freeway Ramona but they changed to San Bernardino. Gee, bunch of tourists we have here.

  • Ygnacio Palomares

    Maybe the “gabachos” at the Times should consider “talking” to the King of Spain and Governor Alvarado who graciously awarded me the land grant that WAS mostly Pomona but had some Claremont in it also. Tio Joe Blackstock knows the area in question is Spadra, no stinkin’ Ramona. I’ll get back to you later after the next fiesta.

  • Brent

    This is neat. Maybe we can get one for “where does the West End end?”

    http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/debates/westside/

  • JIm Shumacher

    Yeah, that area is clearly the historical place called Spadra (which was a town before Pomona was a town… had a railroad stop and everything…but dried up and blew away long ago). I vaguely remember my mother referring to the area as “Ramona” when I was very young but could be mistaken. Certainly the Ramona name never had any official recognition.

    Here’s an unofficial historical-cultural note: We kids used to utter an idle threat to each other from time to time about “Better watch it, or I’ll put you out in Spadra” — meaning the Spadra Cemetery (which is still there).

    [You darned kids. Heh heh. -- DA]

  • Renee Barbee

    I am trying to find out the history on an old dairy farm house that used to be where a taco stand is now. The dairy farm house used to be on 5th street, now called Mission Blvd. in Pomona California.

    [You should contact the special collections department of the Pomona Public Library, Renee, or the Historical Society, with more specific information, such as the cross street. Perhaps they could help. -- DA]