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Ten Fun, Cool, and Amazing Facts About San Bernardino, California.

Updated on September 4, 2014

My hometown, San Bernardino, California.

Some pretty cool things have happened and are associated with San Bernardino.

Fun Stuff on San Bernardino

Dick and Mac McDonalds started McDonald's hamburgers during the 1940s in San Bernardino. They sold the rights to Ray Croc, and the rest is history.

Glen Bell, inspired by McDonald's, opens Bell's Hamburgers in San Bernardino. Later, he would change to tacos and Taco Bell is born.

The Rolling Stones gave their first Amercan concert in 1964 in San Bernardino.

Actor Gene Hackman was born in 1930 in San Bernardino.

President LBJ ran an elevator in downtown San Bernardino for 1 year in the 1920s.

Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist in the early 1980s was killed in 1982. His tomb is actually in San Bernardino at Mt. View Cemetary. His grandparents are also buried there.

San Bernardino is the largest county, land-wise, in the United States.

Sammy Davs Jr. lost his eye in a car crash in San Bernardino, 1954.

Bob Lemon, baseball hall of fame pitcher, was born in San Bernardino, 1920.

Will Roger's last stage appearance occurred in San Bernardino in 1935, just before he died in a plane crash in Alaska. The theatre where he appeared, California Theatre, is still there and operating.

Randy Rhoads tomb


San Bernardino is in the center of all the action in Southern California!

From San Bernardino, you can drive for 1 hour and be in:

Los Angeles...visit Hollywood!

Anaheim...visit DisneyLand!

Huntington Beach..Soak up the sun!

Joshua Tree National Monument...climb rocks!

8,000+ feet, boat, fish!

Palm year round!

Be in San Diego in less than 2 hours driving!

-Visit the San Diego Zoo!

Be in Las Vegas in 3 hours driving!

Much cheaper to stay in San Bernardino!

Plus, the San Bernardino area has many local attractions!

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      Jacqueline Harford 

      2 years ago

      Great article. It was a fun read.

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      Sharp Points 

      3 years ago from Big Bear Lake, California

      Great article. When I was 16 taking drivers ed the instructor had me drive to Randy Rhodes grave. There were a bunch of lipstick marks and flowers I thought it was cool.

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      7 years ago

      You forgot Pismo beach in 4 hours...

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      7 years ago

      I use to study there for a few years. It's a nice place.

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      9 years ago

      Wow, you have some real nice photos here. I like you style!

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      10 years ago

      Nice work. A truly interesting lens my friend. This is the kind of lens that can make 'surfing' the 'net such fun.

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      Steve & Carol 

      10 years ago from San Marcos, CA

      Welcome to the "Best Places to Visit in California" Group. Looking forward to reading more about Berdoo...

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      10 years ago

      I learned some interesting stuff here. I've driven through your area a few times, but didn't know too much about it. Nice job!


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