While it's the fifth largest city in Los Angeles County, the city of Pomona, California is not given much attention. Just over 150,000 people live in Pomona. Although Pomona was founded at the end of the 19th century as a mainly agricultural community, it has become increasingly industrial over time. Here's a look at thirteen little-known facts about the city of Pomona, California.
1. The Los Angeles County Fair, or LA County Fair, takes place annually in Pomona and is the largest county fair in the entire United States.
2. The Western University of Health Sciences is located in the city and was only founded in 1977. A total of 36 students were enrolled in the first year.
3. In 1887, Pomona College was founded in the city of Pomona to move to Claremont, California two years later when an unused hotel building was donated for use by the school.
4. California State Polytechnic University in Pomona (known as Cal Poly Pomona) is partially located on the former ranch of breakfast cereal manufacturer W.K. Kellogg.
5. People who were born or lived in Pomona, California include: Jessica Alba, Shane Mosley, Tom Waits, Mark McGwire, Rich Yett and Richie Sandoval.
6. People from Pomona, California are known as Pomonas.
7. Between 1900 and 1910, the city's population almost doubled.
8. The first US President to visit Pomona was Benjamin Harrison, who stopped at Southern Pacific station on the way to Los Angeles.
9. Cal Poly Pomona is the second largest campus in the entire California State Universities system by land.
10. During the Second World War in 1942, the LA County Fairgrounds in Pomona was used as a gathering center for a short period of time, temporarily holding Japanese-American citizens before transferring them to various detention centers.
11. Pomona Mall is an outdoor pedestrian street that spans nine blocks. This was the first mall of its kind to be built west of the Mississippi.
12. The city of Pomona is named after the Roman fruit goddess Pomona.
13. The city has regulations that limit when a family can hold a farm sale. The city usually designates four or five weekends a year on which the sale of goods is permitted in the sales rooms.
The city of Pomona plays an important role in the life of Southern California and especially in the Los Angeles area. Many major companies are headquartered there, and both Cal Poly Pomona and the Western University of Health Sciences make a major contribution to this area, both in terms of the jobs they create and the quality of the students they produce. Pomona has a unique history and is a great place for anyone who comes to Southern California to watch.