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As with many Southern California groups, Diamond Bars recorded background all started with a Spanish land supply. one of many parts first settlers was once Jose de l. a. Luz Linares, who based Rancho Los Nogales (Ranch of the Walnut bushes) at the 4,340 acres granted to him by means of Mexican governor Juan Alvarado in 1840. The furnish integrated Brea Canyon and the jap Walnut Valley, a component to which grew to become the Diamond Bar Ranch, based by way of Frederick E. Lewis II in 1918. In 1956, the realm seemed a lot because it did in 1840, its golden hills peppered with eco-friendly stands of oak and walnut bushes and grazed by way of huge herds of farm animals. In that 12 months, the Transamerica company paid $10 million for 8,000 acres of Brea Canyon, with plans to build Southern Californias biggest master-planned neighborhood and identify it Diamond Bar. integrated on April 18, 1989, the town of Diamond Bar is domestic to almost 55,000 citizens and is found on the crossroads of the Orange (57) and Pomona (60) Freeways at the jap fringe of la County.

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40 In late 1918, Frederick E. Lewis (pictured at right atop Letan, his favorite Arabian workhorse) made his initial purchase of 10 Arabian horses from Hingham Stock Farm in Massachusetts. During nine years on the ranch, 50 registered Davenport Arabians—whose bloodlines could be traced to the Arabian horses originally imported to the United States in 1906—were bred on the Diamond Bar Ranch. H. K. Kellogg, the horse starred in the 1927 film A Texas Steer. Letan is pictured on the set with actress Ann Rork, who played the daughter of Will Rogers’ character in the film.

Lewis was able to acquire seven purebred Hereford bulls. These bulls soon helped grow the herd to 1,500 head of cattle, making the Diamond Bar Ranch a thriving cattle operation. ) 34 Branding time at the ranch often attracted famous personalities to Diamond Bar. Will Rogers was a great friend of ranch owner Frederick Lewis and his business manager, Christopher “Hoppy” Hopkins. Rogers was said to enjoy roping cattle so much that he would often get lost in the activity and forgo meals. Pictured in these images are ranch manager Ezra Hayes and ranch hands Slim Potter and Earl Pratt.

Leading the herd was champion bull “Baca Duke” (pictured below), a Hereford that William Bartholomae had purchased for $50,000—significantly more than the cost of a typical suburban home at the time. The below photograph was taken at Camp 4, located in what was known as the community of Spadra, just southwest of the present-day Lanterman Developmental Center. ) 55 The Diamond Bar Ranch hosted to many events, including an annual rodeo roundup and backcountry horse trail rides. In the image at left, William Bartholomae is leading hundreds of horsemen for a day of traversing the ranch before the commencement of the rodeo and barbecue that was held on present-day Diamond Bar Boulevard between Cold Spring Lane and Fountain Springs Lane.

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