Remembering when

Sister city get together, with Chino’s Mayor Bob McLeod at left and San Juan Del Rio’s Mayor Raul Olvera Arostegui at right.

Tomorrow (Sunday) fans of Chino’s history will gather at the Community Building for the potluck Pioneer Picnic. Here is a continuation of the series the Champion has been running on topics that could be discussed by those attending:

—The Pomona Freeway opened through Chino in 1971, the beginning of a new era of development. Chino at first opposed the route, which it saw as slowing the city’s future expansion into agriculture land on the north, leaving it open to annexation by Montclair. Alternative routes around Phillips Boulevard to the north and Schaefer Avenue to the south were proposed, but denied by the Highway Commission, but with the help of commission member James A. Guthrie from San Bernardino County, the Chino leg was submerged, lessening the divisive effect. The dirt was dumped to the east, where Ontario had to deal with it.

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