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#1 Sep 23, 2006
How many residents in Norco would put up money of their own to help save the Lake and Hotel. I know I would. Or how about a MGM or any movie company chekcing it out to use for movie sets. The atmosphere is great, the grounds are great and location location location. Norco folks should be able to use the park and lake for day trips or rides on horses or bikes or long walks with kids and dogs. Let it be OUR park only, for Norco residents ONLY and our guests. We need to save this national landmark!!!!
doug miller

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#2 Jan 23, 2007
i'm the electrician that turned off the power to the norconian club hotel. when the time comes i can turn it back on
Kevin Bash

Corona, CA

#3 Jun 22, 2007
doug miller wrote:
i'm the electrician that turned off the power to the norconian club hotel. when the time comes i can turn it back on
Maybe we can speak?
Kevin Bash

Corona, CA

#4 Jun 22, 2007
I am looking for anyone who has any connection to the Norconian,
navy or crc at Norco.

Aaron L

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Sep 5, 2007
I was watching tv last night 09/04/07 and ran into some show that was talking about this resort. I live a few blocks away. I never knew that this building was this beautiful or had so much history. I also was amazed to find out that it had a lake! I love the architecture and all the art work put into the building. I only knew it was a prison and would speed up when driving past it. lol. I wish it was open and used as a museum. Having weddings or things like that would be amazing in there also.... I would like to find out more information on it and the plans they have for it.
Aaron L

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Sep 5, 2007
I live in Norco, CA not L.A.

Riverside, CA

#7 Sep 5, 2007
I too was watching a program on The Norconian, Hewell Howser's California's Gold, and I was blown away by the Norconian. I never knew the hotel was there, nor did I have any idea there was a lake there. I knew there was a Navy installation there, however. Is the park open to the public now? A docent, or rep of the park, mentioned on the program that it is indeed open to the public. If that is the case, I'm there.

Newbury Park, CA

#8 Sep 5, 2007
I too saw the California's Gold episode with Huell Howswer. I have lived in CA for over 30 years. Never knew it existed!! The show and Huell is doing such a great service to educate us on California's past and rich history. I hope there is someway to save and bring this building up to code and save one of Norco's most wonderful history.

North Hollywood, CA

#9 Sep 7, 2007
I just watched the Huell Howser Norconian episode and am thrilled to see such a beautiful old landmark nearby in such great condition. I have also visited the Lake Norconian Club website to look at how I can support the cause. Thank you for taking the time to make others aware of this local landmark and trying to bring it back to life!
Elizabeth Groom
doug miller

San Pedro, CA

#10 Sep 13, 2007
just saw your post i was the electrician at the hotel from august 1986 to the closing i will be at your book signing

Burbank, CA

#11 Sep 14, 2007
I love the history on the Norconian ....we need to find a way to save and bring it back to life. If only the walls could talk.....let's bring it back to life.

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#12 Sep 19, 2007
Hi Kevin Bash,
Are you the Kevin who graduated from Norco High @ 1973 with my brother Bill? Our old neighbor Tom Hannon (graduated about 1978) worked there for a bit and new that this was the Navy's secret location for tracking the Pacific Fleet for a number of years, post WWII.
He's probably still in So. Cal and may have some names.

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#13 Sep 19, 2007
While I'm at it... I live in Davis, CA., not Pittsburgh.
We also heard there was a large set of rooms located about 10+ stories below ground to provide a cool, secured location for the early giant computers that tracked the Pacific Fleet. Supposedly the arrangement of hills and lake made this an ideal "secret" location, hard to detect by enemy (radar??).
DynElectron was also connected with the Navy and weapon development(located across the street on Hamner, next to the old 'Nip & Sips'-- famous for their rumored horse burgers). Few people knew about the 'resort' back in the 60's, 70's because it was intentionally kept from public view or discussion. It was still a controlled Navel base, and we only learned about it later from people who worked there, after information no longer was classified. No one had access to the site except those who worked there. They also had a cadet program back in the late 60's.

The resort was nicknamed the 'Heroin Hilton' for a number of years when it was connected with the Calif. Rehab Center. I think most or all of the people serving time there were in for drug addictions. I heard they used to keep all of the lights on at all times in each of the rooms, many of which were locked, for security.

Nearby Beacon Hill was named for the beacon located at the top during WWII. You can probably still see the dynamite blasted boulders at the top of the hill where the beacon was nestled (still apparent in the 70's).
Kevin Bash

San Clemente, CA

#14 Oct 14, 2007
It is terrific so many have seen the HH program.
I encourage you to check out the website for more info as there is lots happening.

Regarding the beacon, the foundation is still there and for more info The Norconian Resort book can fill you in. All proceeds go to the Conservancy trying to protect the site.

And, yes, went to school with Bill!
the brat

Fresno, CA

#15 Oct 22, 2007
Kevin Bash wrote:
I am looking for anyone who has any connection to the Norconian,
navy or crc at Norco.
What do you need to know? I go there every week-end.

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#16 Nov 6, 2007
I grew up in Norco.(in Central CA now) The best years of my life were spent riding horses in the hills outside the Norconian. Went to High School with a Kevin Bash. It's gotta be the same!! After I graduated I worked in the club when parties and receptions were held,and then later for a defense contractor in Norco. I would go into the Base to research Navy Jet flights and crash data. It was a beautiful place but you could see the neglect taking it's toll even then in the late 70's and 80's
THANKS KEVIN...You brought a piece of my past to life. I am now going straight to to help.
Helen H Los Angeles

Venice, CA

#17 Nov 21, 2007
Just watched the H H special tonight.
I want to help preserve this masterpiece.
On checking on the site I discovered the Dec 7th tea party
do the ticket sales go to the help with the restoration?
Kevin Bash

San Clemente, CA

#18 Nov 22, 2007
Hope the many people using this site can attend our events on December 7 to commemorate the Navy and in particular the former United States Naval Hospital
(1941-1957). For more info - go to
Ron K

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#19 Nov 23, 2007
I live right across the street and would love to get involved in bringing this back to life.
Garry J Riverdale ut

Salt Lake City, UT

#20 Dec 8, 2007
I discovered the plight of the old hotel and historic sites a couple of months ago and was appalled. I have been in contact with Kevin and am trying to help with the preservation efforts. Worked as a Correctional Officer at the beginnings of the rehab center efforts, later as a dorm counselor and later as administrative assistant to the superintendent(now warden). had an office in the hotel for two and a half years and enjoyed every minute of it. Glad to see that people from all walks are keen to help. best wishes to all in the effort.

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