Introduction to Montclair, California
Montclair, California, in San Bernardino county, is 2 miles NW of Ontario, California (center to center) and 18 miles NW of Riverside, California. It's situated in Pomona Valley and is included in the Inland Empire Region in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The majority of the population is Hispanic. The city has a high poverty rate and has a reputation for trouble and excessive drug use.
The Serrano Indians were the earliest inhabitants. In 1897 the Township of Marquette was established in the area now called Montclair. In 1900 a tract of land known as Monte Vista was established. During the first half of the 20th century the area was filled with citrus orchards. Monte Vista had substantial growth after World War II ended and was incorporated as a city in 1956. The city was renamed Montclair in response to the Post Office denying the city a local office due to a name conflict with a community situated in Northern California.
Montclair and nearby Attractions
The Montclair Plaza is a popular shopping destination. The Reeder Ranch and its family home offers visitors and school children an insight into the areas citrus heritage. For those who enjoy museums the Air Museum Planes of Fame, Ontario Museum of History & Art, NHRA Motorsports Museum and the American Museum of Ceramic Arts are nearby.
Raging Waters, Scandia Amusement Park and the Glen Ivy Hot Springs or close by. The popular Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm are a short drive away. Lake Elsinore and Lake Arrowhead are popular for outdoor activities and are close by. Cucamonga - Gusti Regional Park and Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park are notable regional destinations.
The San Bernardino National Forest is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Los Angeles, Universal Studios and the Temecula Valley Wine country are only an hour away. Palm Springs, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Six Flags Magic Mountain are approximately an hour and a half from Montclair.
Air travel is provided at the nearby Ontario International Airport.
Montclair Higher Education
Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, University of La Verne, Pomona College, Claremont McKenna College and Chaffey Community College are located in the area.