Mount Baldy, California

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Mt Baldy, California
Mount Baldy is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Mount Baldy
Mount Baldy
Location within the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Mount Baldy is located in California
Mount Baldy
Mount Baldy
Location within the State of California
Mount Baldy is located in the United States
Mount Baldy
Mount Baldy
Location within the contiguous United States
Mount Baldy is located in North America
Mount Baldy
Mount Baldy
Location within North America
Coordinates: 34°14′10″N 117°39′36″W / 34.23611°N 117.66000°W / 34.23611; -117.66000Coordinates: 34°14′10″N 117°39′36″W / 34.23611°N 117.66000°W / 34.23611; -117.66000
Country United States
State California
County San Bernardino
Elevation
1,278 m (4,193 ft)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
91759
Area code(s)909
GNIS feature ID1660300[1]

Mount Baldy or Mount Baldy Village, formerly Camp Baynham and Camp Baldy, is an unincorporated community in the San Gabriel Mountains, in San Bernardino County near the eastern border of Los Angeles County, in Southern California. It is located below Mount San Antonio, commonly known as "Mount Baldy", hence its name.

Geography[edit]

It is located below Mount San Antonio (Mt Baldy) in San Antonio Canyon. San Antonio Creek flows through the community. It is surrounded by Angeles National Forest. Mt Baldy is 12 miles (19 km) north of Ontario.

History[edit]

Motorists at Camp Baldy, 1919.

Around the turn of the nineteenth century, when the Baldy Bowl was transitioning from resource extraction and toward recreation, a series of bitter conflicts took place there between the San Antonio Water Company and various camp owners. Pollution of the watershed and an 1899 brush fire led the company to wrest legal control of the road through the canyon away from Charles Baynham, close off the canyon with locked gates, and station armed guards to keep out intruders. But after some time and various legal battles, the company decided to profit from recreation rather than discouraging it. It bought Baynham's Camp in 1907 but then hired Baynham to manage it, charging tolls on the road from 1908 to 1922. The camp was renamed Camp Baldy in 1910, and in the following year the canyon became accessible by automobile.[2] By the early 1920s there were numerous trail camps and resorts in the area. When the area became a national forest in 1908, the forest service began offering 99-year leases of plots of land, including at Camp Baldy.

During Prohibition, the area became known as a place where one could get a drink away from the watchful eyes of the police.[3] Former Yosemite concessionaire Foster Curry, his wife Ruth Curry, and Ruth's second husband, movie star Edmund Burns, turned Camp Baldy into a playground for affluent residents of Los Angeles, with a swimming pool, casino, and a dance pavilion.[4][5]
Mount Baldy post office sign, about 1953

The Los Angeles flood of 1938 destroyed most of the human-made structures in Camp Baldy.[6] The casino was destroyed, but the hotel (today's Buckhorn Lodge) survived.[7] Camp Baldy was rebuilt and later became Mt. Baldy Village.

Buildings[edit]

Mt Baldy has a post office with ZIP code 91759.[8] The community was established as Camp Baynham in 1906; it changed its name to Camp Baldy in 1910 and became Mt Baldy in 1951. Its post office was established in 1913.[9]

The Mt Baldy School District operates the Mt Baldy School in town. The Mt Baldy Zen Center is located in the area.

The Mt Baldy Ski Lifts are above the town on the slopes of Mt Baldy.

Utilities and Services[edit]

The town of Mount Baldy is served by privately-owned utilities. Public services are by county and state governments.

Electricity[edit]

-Southern California Edison

Cable TV and Internet[edit]

-Charter Communications (Charter Spectrum)

-Frontier Communications

Natural Gas[edit]

Gas is propane- no natural gas lines available.

Law enforcement[edit]

-San Bernardino County Sheriff

-Los Angeles County Sheriff

Fire[edit]

-San Bernardino County Fire Department

-Los Angeles County Fire Department

Schools[edit]

-Mount Baldy School District

Municipal Governments[edit]

-Los Angeles County, California

-San Bernardino County, California

Roads[edit]

-Caltrans

Climate[edit]

Mt Baldy has relatively cold and very wet winters with moderate snowfall. Temperatures often fall to 30 °F (−1 °C) at night. It is usually 39–49 °F (4–9 °C) during the day during the winter, and 25–35 °F at night. Annual snowfall is about 42 inches. Summer temperatures are mild to warm, and can get chilly at night. Daytime temperatures are 76–86 °F (24–30 °C), with lows of 49–62 °F (9–17 °C). Thunderstorms are not common, on occasion they brew in the mountains in and surrounding Mt Baldy. They usually occur in the afternoon, and clear up by late evening.

Climate data for Mt. Baldy
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 44
(7)
45
(7)
52
(11)
59
(15)
68
(20)
76
(24)
81
(27)
81
(27)
75
(24)
63
(17)
51
(11)
44
(7)
62
(16)
Average low °F (°C) 30
(−1)
30
(−1)
32
(0)
36
(2)
42
(6)
49
(9)
57
(14)
57
(14)
51
(11)
42
(6)
35
(2)
30
(−1)
41
(5)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 8.20
(208)
9.54
(242)
6.08
(154)
2.73
(69)
1.00
(25)
0.25
(6.4)
0.10
(2.5)
0.21
(5.3)
0.69
(18)
2.51
(64)
3.41
(87)
5.21
(132)
40.83
(1,037)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 15
(38)
11
(28)
8
(20)
2
(5.1)
0.2
(0.51)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.9
(2.3)
3.3
(8.4)
13.5
(34)
41.9
(106)
Source: [10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mount Baldy, California
  2. ^ Jerry Schad, Afoot and Afield Los Angeles County: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide
  3. ^ Kimberly J. Creighton, Mt. Baldy, p. 55
  4. ^ NAGT, pp. 3–38
  5. ^ A few buildings remain, including the Buckhorn Lodge itself. The original casino burned down in 1936 and was replaced by the Wagon Wheel Casino a year later. The Wagon Wheel was across the street from the Buckhorn Lodge, with the dining room sticking out above the creek. A heated swimming pool adjoined the casino. The dance pavilion, picnic tables, and campsites were at the location of the present-day trout ponds. Osborne, pp. 13, 49
  6. ^ Blackstock, Joe (18 August 2014). "Inland Empire was up to its elbows in storm water in 1938". Daily Bulletin. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Mt. Baldy History and Ice House Canyon «  profmason.com". Profmason.com. Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  8. ^ ZIP Code Lookup
  9. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Quill Driver Books. p. 1447. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  10. ^ "MOUNT BALDY, CALIFORNIA (91759)". weather channel. Retrieved 10 October 2017.

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