Introduction to San Dimas, California
San Dimas, California, in Los Angeles county, is 4 miles NW of Pomona, California (center to center) and 19 miles N of Anaheim, California. It's situated in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and is regarded as a Los Angeles suburb. San Dimas is approximately 35 miles away from the Pacific ocean. The commercial district has kept an old western appearance with old-fashioned looking store fronts and wooden sidewalks.
San Dimas History
The Gabrieleno Indians were the initial occupants. In 1774 Juan Bautista De Anza entered the region while traveling from Mexico to Monterey. Development began in the early 1800's while it was named Mud Springs. In 1887 the arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad created a land boom. The San Jose Ranch Company laid out the streets. San Dimas became a thriving agricultural community and oranges were the primary crop. It became a prominent shipping center for the region's citrus growers.
San Dimas Area Attractions
The Irwindale Speedway is nearby. The county offers the Arboretum of Los Angeles, Descano Gardens, Norton Simon Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Los Angeles Zoo and numerous other attractions.
San Dimas Activities
The popular Raging Waters is located in San Dimas. The city includes numerous parks for outdoor activities including, Frank G. Bonelli Regional, Ladera Serra, Loma Vista and Via Verde parks. Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and Universal Studios Hollywood are nearby. For recreational opportunities, the county offers the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Los Padres National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles National Forest. Venice Beach, the Santa Monica pier and Griffith Park are popular county destinations. The region's Castaic Lake Recreational Area, is available for water skiing and swimming.