Exploring Banning CA
History of the City of Banning

City of Banning Over the Years

This image galleries below are a series of old photos from the Banning Library District local history collection followed by an image showing what it looks like today (some images have been cropped and restored for formatting and presentation purposes). Click on the (original image) in the caption for a link to the original image on the Image Reference Page

Downtown Banning

  • Banning black & white photo downtown

    San Gorgonio Ave looking north from the RR Tracks 1906 (original image)

  • San Gorgonio Ave looking north from the RR Tracks

    San Gorgonio Ave looking north from the RR Tracks 2017

  • Banning black & white photo San gorgonio looking north

    San Gorgonio Ave looking north 1920 (original image)

  • San Gorgonio Ave looking north

    San Gorgonio Ave looking north 2017

  • Banning b&w photo San gorgonio looking south

    San Gorgonio Ave looking south 1906 (original image)

  • San Gorgonio Ave looking south

    San Gorgonio Ave looking south 2017

  • Banning black & white photo downtown

    Downtown looking east 1932 (original image)

  • Downtown Banning looking east 2017

    Downtown looking east 2017

  • Banning black & white photo downtown

    Downtown Banning looking west late 1940s (original image)

  • Downtown Banning looking west

    Downtown Banning looking west 2017

  • Banning black & white photo downtown

    Downtown Banning 1950s

  • Downtown Banning

    Downtown Banning 2017

  • Banning black & white photo Coplin House

    Coplin House 1950s (original image)

  • Coplin House

    Coplin House 2017

  • Banning black & white photo Herras market

    100 block San Gorgonio Ave. 1950 (original image)

  • Herras Market

    100 block San Gorgonio Ave. 2017

Downtown Banning has changed location over the years. Originally Livingston Street was the main street east to west , and San Gorgonio Ave. north and south of the railroad tracks.

Buildings

Some of the buildings built in the early 1900s are still standing today. The Banning Hotel, Fox Theatre, and Coplin House (Spokane Hotel) have been fully restored.

General Phineas T. Banning

The City is named in honor of General Phineas T. Banning, who freighted over the Mormon trail from Salt Lake to San Bernardino and Los Angeles. General Banning also figures prominently in the history of the town of Wilmington, California. He developed a shipping company there between San Pedro and Los Angeles, as well as operating the stage line from Wilmington to Yuma, Arizona through the Banning Pass. ( City-of-Banning-History )

Banning History Time Line
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Links to Banning History

Cabo San Lucas - El Arco
City of Banning History
Cabo San Lucas - El Arco
Wikipedia
Cabo San Lucas - El Arco
Ray's Place
Cabo San Lucas - El Arco
Banning Library