The Tale of the Kite

Santa Fe Kite-Shaped Track graphicPfau Library’s Rheubottom-Webster Lecture Series presents:

“The Tale of the Kite: The Story of the Eastern Loop of the Santa Fe Railroad’s Famous Kite-Shaped-Track Tourist Excursion”

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009
Pfau Library PL-4005
Reception at 6 PM
Lecture at 6:30 PM

Please RSVP at 537-3108 by Feb. 13, 2009.

This program will revisit the glory days of the Santa Fe’s famous tourist excursion through Southern California from 1892 to 1917, focusing on the “eastern loop” of the tour through the San Bernardino Valley. This photo journey will take you back to simpler times when orange groves, farms and fledgling communities began filling Southern California’s vast open spaces following the land boom of the 1880s. The Kite-Shaped-Track excursion was named for a popular figure-eight or kiteshaped horse racing track that was popular during the era. The figure-eight shaped rail excursion laid horizontally across Southern California, with the smaller end of the “8″ encircling the San Bernardino Valley. The program will present historic photos from the era as well as advertisements and memorabilia used by Santa Fe to promote the route. The cities of San Bernardino, Redlands, Mentone, Highland and Patton will be highlighted on the tour.

Our speaker Mark Landis is a freelance correspondent for the San Bernardino County Sun newspaper who has been writing local history articles since 2001. He is a member of the San Bernardino Historical and Pioneer Society and an avid collector of local historic photos and memorabilia. Mark has lived in San Bernardino County for 24 years, and currently resides in Wrightwood with his family.

“Tale of the Kite” lecture flier (PDF) Requires Adobe Reader

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