October 23 Program: The Frink Adobe

The Redlands Area Historical Society, Inc.

Program Announcement

“The Frink Adobe and its Place in our History”

Monday, October 23, 2023

7:00 p.m.

The Contemporary Club

173 S. Eureka Street, Redlands

The Redlands Area Historical Society program for October 23 at the Contemporary Club has several knowledgeable speakers covering the area called the Mission District and extending into San Timoteo Canyon and the Two Canyons Parklands.

Jim Shipp, a retired Redlands School District teacher, taught third grade and embraced the area history and wrote curriculum following State Standards for Bryn Mawr Elementary School. Shipp spent nineteen years on the City of Loma Linda Historical Commission. Today he is the current president of the Loma Linda Area Parks and Historical Society. He produced with Arcadia Publishing Images of America a book on “Loma Linda.” The information led to tours for students and other groups. Jim is the guiding light that created the Mission Heritage Park with saved Victorian homes and interpretive signs on Native American sites and the Mill Creek Zanja.  Loma Linda has a Zanja Trail from the Heart Surgical building to California Street with extension plans to the park.

The Frink Adobe was constructed in 1874 by Horace Monroe Frink on Mission Road. The Frink family came to California during the gold rush and entered the freight business with a ranch in San Timoteo Canyon. They hauled freight on the Bradshaw Trail to the gold fields located at La Paz along the Colorado River. A young Wyatt Earp worked for them in the early years. The adobe today remains as one of the last vestiges of an American adobe in our county. When the adobe became threatened with removal both Jim Shipp and Joe Frink, a relative of Monroe Frink, stepped in to protect the residence.

Joe Frink is one of the five generations that grew up in the Frink Adobe.  The family was one of the first to plant citrus in the Mission District.  The adobe is the only structure in Loma Linda to be listed on the State Register of Historic Places.

Pete Dangermond is the president of Two Canyons Conservancy with an interest in preserving the Frink Adobe, San Timoteo Canyon and Live Oak Canyon.  Dangermond developed the Emerald Necklace Plan for the areas surrounding Redlands. 

Historical Society programs are free and open to the general public. To register to attend the meeting in person or via Zoom please go to the following link: www.rahs.org/calendar

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