Yucaipa Adobe open Dec. 17 for last guided tours of the year

By on December 2, 2017

The historic Yucaipa Adobe will open for the last series of guided tours for the calendar year on Saturday, Dec. 17.  Tours will last approximately 20 minutes with flexible start times between 1 and 3:30 p.m. to accommodate the flow of visitor arrivals. Reservations are not required for the tours.

The Yucaipa Adobe was established by Antonio Maria Lugo in 1842 as part of the San Bernardino Rancho. Diego Sepulveda, Lugo’s cousin, was responsible for bringing a herd of cattle from other ranchos to the Yucaipa Valley. Early histories of the region attributed the Yucaipa Adobe to Sepulveda but restoration of the building in 1989/90 uncovered clues suggesting the adobe was actually constructed in 1858/59 by James Waters, a local hunter, trapper, and mountaineer. The restoration further revealed that Sepulveda’s adobe was located a few hundred yards away. As for Waters he later became a noted county citizen who was elected as a San Bernardino County supervisor and erected the San Bernardino Opera House.

The Yucaipa Adobe and surrounding ranchlands were purchased in 1869 by John Dunlap. His family maintained ties to the adobe for nearly a century. In 1954 the adobe house was saved from demolition by funds raised by the Yucaipa Women’s Club. It later became part of the San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum system and still is today. The site is now furnished as it would have appeared in the 19th century. It is now the California State Historical Landmark #528.

“We are pleased to be able to open this site to the public,” said Jennifer Dickerson, the museum’s curator of history. “This is being made possible with the help of members of the Yucaipa Valley Historical Society, who will be leading the tours. Their connections with the history of the Yucaipa Valley along with special training they’ve undertaken about this historic site makes our partnership with the society of special value to visitors.”

The Yucaipa Adobe is a look back at life in the region as it was more than a century ago and provides history and perspective into the local area. Visitors to the adobe are encouraged to explore the site and the grounds on their own following the guided tours. As a nod to the holiday season the grounds will feature luminarias on Dec. 17.

Admission to the adobe and its grounds are: general/adult admission – $5; military and seniors – $4; students/children – $2.50; children under 5 and SBC Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free and the adobe is accessible for persons with disabilities.

The Yucaipa Adobe is located at 32183 Kentucky Street in Yucaipa. For more information, visit: www.sbcounty.gov/museum or call 909-798-8608.