Be Our Guest
Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the rich history of the area, thanks to several organizations that helped to preserve Montclair’s past. The Reeder Ranch was established by John C. Reeder in 1901, and his legacy was continued by his son, who resided there until 1996. The ranch, now reduced to one acre, houses the Reeder’s two-story bungalow, and 50 of the original orange trees planted by John C. Reeder. Preserved by the George C. and Hazel H. Reeder Heritage Foundation, the ranch fulfills the Reeders’ dream of keeping the ranch as a working museum open to the public.
In 1993 the Montclair Community Action Committee dedicated Freedom Plaza to honor Montclair residents who had participated in Operation Desert Storm. Collaborating with the Montclair Foundation for History and Art and the City of Montclair, a community wide art competition was sponsored to select the art sculpture. Five art pieces were considered for the final project and a panel of 25 residents decided on the winning piece, a bronze ridged wheel with raised doves in circular flight sitting atop a granite textured base. Freedom Plaza is located on Monte Vista Ave at I-10.
Through the efforts of the former Montclair mayor and train enthusiast, Harold Hayes, the Union Pacific Railroad donated to the city Caboose No. UP25392 in 1987. The caboose was originally located at Alma Hoffman Park, but has been moved to Freedom Plaza.
The Chino Basin Water Conservation District is a public agency that was formed to promote and educate on the efficient use of California’s limited water supply. The CBWCD’s facility recycles natural rainfall, and also works with other groups to further their efforts. The District operates a public water conservation garden, located at 4594 San Bernardino Street.