In 1885, a railroad man from Chicago by the name of George Dexter Whitcomb, while searching for a healthier climate, bought a parcel of land from Harrison Fuller, some from John Bender and a few dozen acres from a few more Azusa Valley pioneers and decided to build a town. He called it Glendora, California. However, much had happened before he arrived in the valley and much more happened after he passed away; such things have become Glendora’s woven tapestry of history.
Glendora Historical Society 314 N. Glendora Avenue Glendora, CA 91741 (626) 963-0419 See the bottom of this page for more information.
If you are the slightest bit interested in the history of Glendora, it should come as no surprise to you that such a small and seemingly secluded city could have a rich and varied history. There are thousands of stories to be told, and this site is dedicated to share as much as possible about such a quaint and storied community.
The pictures are real. The stories are true. And the people are Glendorans.
On Sale Now!
In stores now is a book about Glendora's rich history as seen through postcards. Ryan Lee Price has collected together approximately 190 postcards to tell the story of Glendora's past, from a dusty rural town to the source of great pride that it is today.
The museum building was originally built in 1913 to house the City Hall, Fire Station and Police Department (and even the jail). As the city grew, those departments required more space and were eventually located elsewhere. The Society took possession of the building and restored it for the purposes of a museum in 1976, and the expansive addition was constructed in 1989.
The museum is open every Saturday from 11am to 2pm. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. There is a small gift shop offering an array of Glendora-themed gifts from logo mugs to original Glendora stock certificates and citrus labels.
General Meetings of the Glendora Historical Society are held six times a year on the fourth Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November in the Bidwell Forum on the second floor of the Glendora Public Library (140 S. Glendora Avenue).