Corona was founded at the height of the Southern California citrus boom in 1886 when Robert B. Taylor, a land speculator from Sioux City Iowa sought to create a thriving new community surrounded by a “round road” in South Riverside. Followed by fellow Iowans Adolph Rimpau, George L. Joy, A.S. Garretson, and former Iowa governor Samuel Merrill the group formed the South Riverside Land and Water Company. Together the group raised $110,000 and purchased roughly 12,000 acres of agricultural land from the Yorba Ranch. Taylor hired H. Clay Kellogg, an Anaheim engineer, to survey and design the three-mile long, circular Grand Boulevard.
The community grew quickly thanks to the development of the Santa Fe Depot, the acquisition of local water rights, and a number of local businesses, a school, and a hotel being built in the area. Additionally, the fertile soil and warm climate made the area a prime location for citrus growing and by 1893 the city began shipping its first oranges.
On July 13, 1896 the residents of South Riverside voted to incorporate their city and change the name to Corona, Spanish for “Crown” in honor of the city’s circular Grand Boulevard. The city’s growth would continue with the aid of migrant workers and their families traveling from Italy and Mexico to help aid in the expansion and development of the local citrus industry.
Since then the city has been cited several times as one of the fastest-growing cities in California. Today it serves as a bedroom community for workers commuting to Orange and Los Angeles Counties and gives residents the luxuries of modern living while still deeply connected to the city heritage.
Home to terrific restaurants, shops and golf courses, Corona has become an exciting gateway to the Inland Empire — especially with the development of The Crossings and Dos Lagos, two popular shopping and entertainment hubs just south of the 91 freeway.
About Life In Corona
We’re Misty and Mike Wilton, a couple who started Life In Corona in June of 2009. Mike grew up in Corona. He attended Stallings Elementary School, attended middle school at Corona Fundamental Intermediate School and then graduated as the first four year class of Santiago High School in 1999.
Misty grew up on the north side of town in neighboring Norco and finished elementary school at Highland Elementary, and went on to attend Norco Junior High and Norco High School.
As an internet marketer and blogger, Mike was frustrated to find that Corona lacked a local online news source after we moved back to the area from Orange County. Finding that most sites on the subject lacked the essence of community he had grown to love about the city he decided to develop Life in Corona.
Our goal from that point forward was to be your number one source for the most up to date information about Corona events, attractions, and news. With the help of the community and local news sources we strive to keep Corona area residents up to date with the latest happenings. So if you see something interesting in the neighborhood, please let us know.
In October 2015 Life in Corona was awarded Local Website of the Year at the Inland Empire Media Awards. An annual event, hosted by the Inland Empire chapter of the American Advertising Federation, to recognize local media outlets who provide outstanding service to their community and the industry.
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