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Wrightwood History

The Serrano Indians, Missions and Ranchos

The northeastern San Gabriel Mountains cradle Wrightwood in the beautiful Swarthout Valley at an elevation of 6,000 ft, west of the Cajon Pass. Protecting her to the south beyond Blue Ridge, is the majestic Mt. San Antonio (Mt. Baldy) and to the west Mt. Baden Powell. At her feet lies the golden Mojave Desert.

The Serrano (Mountaineer) Indians, subgroup of the Shoshone Nation were peaceable and adept at living in these mountainous conditions. Of stone age culture, these people gathered food such as acorns, pinon nuts and manzanita berries and hunted mule deer, bighorn sheep and numerous other wild game with bow and arrow.

Recorded history begins with the Spanish Padres meeting the Serrano Indians 1776. In 1819 a mission was formed in San Bernardino, the Serrano were taken there and taught agriculture.

In 1842 the Lugo family was granted the Rancho San Bernardino, a holding of 37,700 acres encompassing the entire San Bernardino Valley. Many of the Serrano left the mission returning to these mountains.

next - the Mormon colony

more about - the Serrano Indians


Through the Years

Indians, Missions and Ranchos

The Mormon Colony

Ranchers and Miners

Settling the Swarthout Valley

The Great Hiking Era

Wrightwood, the Resort Community

The Angeles Crest Highway

Wrightwood in the 60's

Wrightwood in the 70's

Wrightwood Timeline

Links to photo tours

Cajon Pass

Mt. Baden-Powell

Mojave Desert

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Wrightwood, California 92397
760-249-3653
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