East Banning is mostly made up of low income neighborhoods and apartment complexes mixed in with newer middle class homes. To the north is the old Banning Rock Quarry and west entrance to the Morongo Reservation. East Ramsey is comprised of local small businesses and law offices. The recently built new Riverside County Superior Court building is located east of City Hall and the Police station.
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You will find a variety off neighborhoods in East Banning, from low income homes, apartments and newer middle class homes.
While there were a few African Americans that migrated to East Banning from other states, the majority came from the Palm Springs area. In an effort to attract movie stars and the elite, Palm Springs evicted many families from their homes, forcing them to relocate to North Palm Springs and Banning. The Black Pioneers of the San Gorgonio Pass, Part 1
Hoffer School located is the elementary school serving East Banning residents. There are a few churches but no parks at this end of town. The recently built Superior Court has brought more business across the street.
In 1964, Nat Green, a leader in the black community who started the Banning chapter of the NAACP, purchased a former courthouse building in San Bernardino and moved it to Banning to be used by the Shiloh Baptist Church. The Black Pioneers of the San Gorgonio Pass, Part 2
East Banning businesses are spread out along East Ramsey St. You will find a mixture of local markets, automotive, and a couple of restaurants. Across from the Riverside Superior Courthouse are the usual Bail bonds and lawyer offices.
Many businesses along E. Ramsey Street, east of Hargrave, catered to the black neighborhoods in the late 1950s-1960s. Members of the black community today still remember these nightclubs and some of the music that could be heard coming through the walls. The Black Pioneers of the San Gorgonio Pass, Part 2