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  • Electric Avenue: Pacific Electric Railway and the Arrowhead Hot Springs Line

    Website last edited\updated: May 14, 2008

    Pacific Electric Railway

    Arrowhead Hot Springs Line

    San Bernardino Valley Traction Company, trolley car 100 at carhouse on South E Street, San Bernardino, California, circa 1910.

    ** Many of the following pictures are from private collections and are copyrighted. I have been given permission to post the pictures here. You are free to print this website and photos for personal use and for research. However, please do NOT redistribute the image files themselves. Please link to the website instead. Photos may not be published or used in another website without permission. (Notice posted April 8, 2008.) **

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    Survey on Arrowhead Hot Springs Line, 1912 Arrowhead Hot Springs, 1910

    PE car 101 at Mountain View Avenue and 30th Street, 1937

    Water train on Electric Avenue, 1937 Curve east of Electric Avenue, 1938

    Crossing at Waterman Canyon Road, 1938 Arrowhead Springs substation

    Bridge near Arrowhead Hot Springs, 1938 Arrowhead Hot Springs, 1938

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  • Electric Avenue: Pacific Electric Railway and the Arrowhead Hot Springs Line

    Water train at Highland and Mt. View Ave, 1946 Water train in Waterman Canyon, 1946

    Water train on Mountain View Ave, 1950 (New!)

    Electric Avenue and Mountain View Avenue, 1955 Crusher Siding, 1955

    Electric Avenue, 1955 North end of Electric Avenue, 1955

    Painting of Water train on Mountain View Ave (by Florence Nesbit)

    Last day of the water train, 1960

    Last day of the water train (pic 2) Last day of the water train (pic 3)

    Last day of the water train (pic 4) Last day of the water train (pic 5)

    Map of the Arrowhead Line Brief History of the Arrowhead Hot Springs Line

    "Electric Avenue Heritage Park" Project The Arrowhead Settlement

    Copia Ranch (New update! May 14, 2008)Problems viewing this page? (Pictures missing or not displayed correctly, etc.)

    History of Pacific Electric Ry. in San Bernardino (Also discussing the San Bernardino Valley Traction Company)

    Electric Avenue captured in family photos! (New!)

    "To Higher Ground"

    Take me to the higher groundSerene land of gold and greenPlace of peace, place of plenty

    Of oranges and vineyardsYucca blooms and earthy sageGuide me to the higher ground

    With an arrow of fireBlazoned on the mountain top

    And a lonely iron roadAcross the sleepy valleyTo Willow Nook Road

    Through cornucopiaTo the Copia Ranch

    Flowing creeks and tree-lined streetsTake me to the higher ground

    And into the rolling hillsTo pines and bubbling hot springs

    Canyon walls and valley viewsOf pastoral fields and towns

    Chimney smoke and lit windowsUnder a soft red sun setting

    On higher ground

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    After reading about the history of the Pacific Electric Railway Arrowhead Hot Springs Line, you'll definitely want to see the article about the small town called Arrowhead that was once in north San Bernardino, near the foothills. A fascinating article written by students of the Arrowhead School in 1917 is now available. Be sure you visit the link to read the article near the end of the page!

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    An article is also now available which describes in more detail the history of the San Bernardino Valley Traction Company and the Pacific Electric Railway in San Bernardino. The SBVT had a humble beginning with one young man's ambitious dream to build the first electric trolley line in San Bernardino. Visit the link after reading about the Arrowhead Line and learn about this inspiring story!

    Pacific Electric Railway - 1912 survey on the Arrowhead Hot Springs Line. PE trolley car 1318 (formerly SBVT car 100) can be seen in the background. The exact location of this scene hasn't been identified yet, but the picture was taken somewhere along the grade through the foothills, east of Electric Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Craig Rasmussen)

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    Circa 1913. Pacific Electric Railway trolley car 1310 at the Arrowhead Hot Springs Station. (Photo courtesy of Craig Rasmussen)

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    Pacific Electric car 101 at Mountain View Avenue and 30th Street. 1937. This quaint scene in a much more rual north San Bernardino is looking north on Mountain View Avenue at the crossing with the Santa Fe's famous "Kite Track." (Photo courtesy of Craig Rasmussen)

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    Year 1937. Pacific Electric Railway locomotive 1591 with the famous "water train" running up Electric Avenue, en route to Arrowhead Hot Springs. (Original source: "Pacific Electric Album Of Cars" Swett, Ira L.)

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    This picture was actually taken from a Pacific Electric trolley car en route to Arrowhead Hot Springs during a special Railroad Booster's trip in 1938. This is just east of Electric Avenue, where the track curved eastward and continued into the foothills. This area has been named "La Punta" ("The Point") on some maps of the Arrowhead Line and was also described as such on the photographer's original notes. However, nothing else is known about this locale. (Original photographer: Ivan Baker. Craig Rasmussen collection.)

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    Here, the Arrowhead Line crossed Waterman Canyon Road (present day Highway 18), near Arrowhead Hot Springs. Note the wigwag signal gaurding the crossing. The Arrowhead Springs Substation, which supplied additional power for electric trolleys and locomotives on the line, is the small wooden building in the distance. This picture was also taken from PE trolley car 1000 in 1938. Highway 18 is at a higher grade than the original road, and so the area appears quite different today. (Original photographer: Ivan Baker. Craig Rasmussen collection.)

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    A very rare photo! Here is the Arrowhead Springs Substation. (Original photographer: Ivan Baker. Craig Rasmussen collection.)

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    Let there be no doubts! The sign speaks for itself!

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    This picture was also taken during the same 1938 Railroad Booster's trip. Here Pacific Electric trolley car 1000 crosses the wooden trestle near Arrowhead Springs. (Original photograph: Ernie Leo. Craig Rasmussen collection.)

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    Winter snow! Pacific Electric locomotive 1653 with water train at Arrowhead Springs terminus.

    This scene is at the end of the line at Arrowhead Hot Springs. A tanker car for the water train is on the siding just ahead. Due to construction costs and the rough terrain, the original trolley line never did quite reach the Arrowhead Hotel. The original hotel was at a different site than the present one, on a hill across Hot Creek Canyon. The arroyo was never bridged by either the San Bernardino Valley Traction Company or the Pacific Electric, so the railway stopped just short of the hotel. A carriage, (and then a motorcar in later and more modern times) would pick up passengers to make the remaining trip up a winding road up to the hotel. The small drop-off shelter where passengers would wait for

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    trolley car or auto service is to the right, adjacent to the track. This small structure is still at the site today. Earlier photographs show that a depot was here at one time, but was probably removed when passenger service was cut back. (Original photograph: Ivan Baker. Craig Rasmussen collection.)

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    Water train at Highland and Mountain View Avenue, 1946. This view is looking north.

    (Photo courtesy of Craig Rasmussen)

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  • Electric Avenue: Pacific Electric Railway and the Arrowhead Hot Springs Line

    Here is the water train and

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