11 Facts About Banning California


Banning California had pastured sheep in the San Gorgonio Pass area, and operated a stagecoach that ran through the Pass.

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Area, up to the mid-19th century, was inhabited by the Cahuilla people, though the region around Banning California was originally Maringayam, and the Cahuilla expanded into the pass only in historic times.

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Settlement that was to become Banning California developed in coincidence with the start of the Colorado River Gold Rush.

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In 1942 the citizens of Banning California raised funds for the purchase of an M3 Stuart tank to support the war effort.

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Banning California's elevation is approximately 2,300 feet above sea level, which gives it a cooler climate in contrast to the county seat of Riverside at 800 feet above sea level and the Coachella Valley of the Colorado Desert to the east.

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Banning California is traversed by the San Andreas Fault which created the pass in which the city is situated.

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Banning California is 25 miles west of Palm Springs and 100 miles east of Los Angeles.

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Banning California is a general law city as opposed to a charter city.

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Banning California has had its own police force since shortly after its 1913 incorporation, and for many years had a regional station of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

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City is served by the Banning California Unified School District and nearby Beaumont has the Beaumont Unified School District, both districts serve the area.

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Banning California is served by Interstate 10, which connects the city to Los Angeles in the west and the Coachella Valley in the east.

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