Demolition of Sunkist site marks the ...

Demolition of Sunkist site marks the end of an era

There are 22 comments on the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin story from Apr 14, 2010, titled Demolition of Sunkist site marks the end of an era. In it, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that:

It is one of the last remaining traces of the citrus industry that once dominated the Inland Empire.

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Welfare Saved Me

West Covina, CA

#1 Apr 14, 2010
That place looked ghetto!
Garcia

Ontario, CA

#2 Apr 14, 2010
Welfare Saved Me wrote:
That place looked ghetto!
It pretty much is due to the poor minded culture of the area. Will remain that way.
relax

Encino, CA

#3 Apr 14, 2010
Screw the both of you, their is alot of history going down with that building. I grew up in ontario in the early 70's when their were still farm houses and dairys, sunkist was a major landmark and it's sad to see it come to an end. And yes it's in the hood, so what!
What

Ontario, CA

#4 Apr 14, 2010
I'm happy to see the watertower will remain. Just like the old Santa Fe smokestack in San Bernardino...it's a part of our history!
sss

Barstow, CA

#5 Apr 14, 2010
Sad...I remember this place.
Jackie

United States

#6 Apr 14, 2010
I remember when I was a kid and we would drive past the plant, I would quickly roll down my window to breath in the smell of the oranges. It brings back good memories of my childhood in Ontario. It is a shame it has to go, but it really has no place their now. It makes sense for them to clear the area for new industry. Very glad the water tower will remain.
Gemo

San Diego, CA

#7 Apr 14, 2010
Yes it's sad to see this warehouse go and citrus smell.I been living in Ontario for a very long time since 1985,when I first got here all you would see driving down East Mission Blvd was grape vines,straberries,Orange and lemons feilds.
It's crazy how times goes by now all you see is building/factorys sad!

a few days ago I was driving home from work I notice the walls off the factory off Campus st crumbled to the ground.:(
Michael

Hesperia, CA

#8 Apr 14, 2010
The SB Sun is in dire need of a proofreader. It almost hurts to read so many glaring errors.
Grim Reaper

Alhambra, CA

#9 Apr 14, 2010
Another victim of "progress" in So Cal. The history embodied in this region is irreplaceable. Having lived on the East Coast most of my life it is great to visit historic sites of all backgrounds regardless of the neighborhood locations. California has a lot of our Country's later history embodied out here and the apparent lack of regard for history is sad. Yet on the other hand, it does take money to keep historical sites in order. Sunkist is such a big part of the agricultural history of this region it is sad that they couldn't incorporate more than the water tower into a preservation plan. Oh well better just the tower than nothing at all.
no more ag

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#10 Apr 14, 2010
Grim Reaper wrote:
Another victim of "progress" in So Cal. The history embodied in this region is irreplaceable. Having lived on the East Coast most of my life it is great to visit historic sites of all backgrounds regardless of the neighborhood locations. California has a lot of our Country's later history embodied out here and the apparent lack of regard for history is sad. Yet on the other hand, it does take money to keep historical sites in order. Sunkist is such a big part of the agricultural history of this region it is sad that they couldn't incorporate more than the water tower into a preservation plan. Oh well better just the tower than nothing at all.
Well said. Are you watching the deterioration at Guasti?
Lost cause

Redondo Beach, CA

#11 Apr 14, 2010
It is nice to have a water tower as a rememberance and marker to the Sunkist plant.

As a kid, I remember, also, that a segregated elementary school stood across the street and in front of the main Sunkist building. This school, too, was demolished to make room for Sunkist to build a parking lot and other buildings.

Though, I suppose the water tower is older.

I attended this school. It also brings back a lot of memories.
Rose

Victorville, CA

#12 Apr 14, 2010
Oh, Guasti is another sad story isn't it?
Pepino

Pomona, CA

#13 Apr 14, 2010
The city paid over 2 million per acre? What a fleecing of Ontario tax payers.
NOSTALGIA

Riverside, CA

#14 Apr 14, 2010
I'VE BEEN AROUND THE ONTARIO AREA SINCE 1952 - AND HAVE SEE ALOT OF CHANGES IN THE CITY -FOR THE WORSE IM AFRAID - IF THE ''CHAFFEY BRS. WERE ABLE TA SEE IT TODAY - I'M SURE THEY WOULD ALL TURN OVER IN THEIR GRAVE'S!!!!!'ALSTATES PICNIC FOREVER'
Justice

United States

#16 Apr 14, 2010
There goes the great last redeeming factor of Ontario. Maybe they can make it a housing project for all the illegal aliens that live in the area.
Justice

United States

#17 Apr 14, 2010
NOSTALGIA wrote:
I'VE BEEN AROUND THE ONTARIO AREA SINCE 1952 - AND HAVE SEE ALOT OF CHANGES IN THE CITY -FOR THE WORSE IM AFRAID - IF THE ''CHAFFEY BRS. WERE ABLE TA SEE IT TODAY - I'M SURE THEY WOULD ALL TURN OVER IN THEIR GRAVE'S!!!!!'ALSTATES PICNIC FOREVER'
Ya I remeber when Sunkist had all those free orange juice stands. That was a true 4th of July. I have since moved out of the area but when I come back to visit I just get depressed to see how much the area has deteriated. It's true you can never go back home.
sunkist goodbye

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#19 Apr 18, 2010
Justice wrote:
<quoted text> Ya I remeber when Sunkist had all those free orange juice stands. That was a true 4th of July. I have since moved out of the area but when I come back to visit I just get depressed to see how much the area has deteriated. It's true you can never go back home.
Sad. Lack of concern for historic preservation and smart planning.
Citrus Sally

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Apr 18, 2010
Looks like someone put the squeeze on them.
Tim Fuhrman

Santa Ana, CA

#21 Mar 21, 2014
To "Welfare Saved Me,Garcia and Relax" this is not in a ghetto Really? if you don't know what your talking about, do get involved...... This North Upland, 19th and Euclid? a Ghetto? NOT. LA is a Ghetto.Million dollar Homes? this is a very Historical old Building, all of us Uplanders are sad to see it go. get a life.
Ginger Hotard

United States

#22 Feb 28, 2015
I remember being dropped off at the Elementary school across from the old
Sunkist Plant. I have happy memories of classes with Samoan teacher,
Mr. Fapoli.
He was very kind & understanding about my shyness & fear of speaking out in class. One of 5 truly memorable teachers in my Public school days. Thanks Ontario!

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