Thursday, May 16, 2013

Rededication of Stoddard-Waite Monument planned

One of the monuments in the Cajon Pass that visitors will view during a program to rededicate the Stoddard-Waite Monument. (City of San Bernardino)

Riverside Press-Enterprise

The San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society will sponsor an event celebrating the 100th anniversary Re-dedication of the Stoddard-Waite Monument in the Cajon Pass on Saturday, May 18.

The monument was dedicated May 18, 1913, to honor early pioneers who came through the pass on horseback and wagon. Sheldon Stoddard and Sidney P. Waite, who traveled through the Pass in 1849, were among those who attended.

The monument sits along the Santa Fe/Salt Lake Trail, near the truck scales along southbound Interstate 15 south of Highway 138, on property owned by the San Bernardino County Museum.

Saturday’s activities will begin at 9 a.m. at the society’s Heritage House at Eighth and D streets in San Bernardino, when President Steve Shaw will welcome the group and present a slide show on the history of the Pioneer Society.

At 9:30 a.m. there will be a presentation to descendants of Stoddard and Waite.

At 10 a.m. the group will begin a convoy to a 1917 monument on Wagon Wheel Road in the Cajon Pass, from which they will walk 300 yards to the site of the 1913 monument.

At 11 a.m., San Bernardino County Museum caretaker Mike Hartless will talk about the Indian village and burial ground, followed by San Bernardino historian Nick Cataldo, who will talk about the history of the site, including the Inman Ranch. Stoddard and Waite family members also will speak.

At 12:30 a.m., after a no-host lunch break, the group will hear from historian Richard Thompson about the 1917 monument and the Brown Toll Road. Historian John Hockaday will talk at 1 p.m. about Camp Cajon.

Afterward, the group will walk up the toll road to see the bridge piers for Crowder Canyon, and drive to the Upper Toll House site.

Email or call 909-709-3792 for more information.