Whether a first-time visitor to our fair city (recently named by Sunset Magazine as the Best Suburb in the West) or a long-time local, treat yourself on a Saturday to a 2-hour walking tour with Ginger Elliott of Claremont Heritage. Saturday was the last time that this once-a-month tour will enter the Transit Station in the Train Depot as the building will soon undergo renovations to become the Claremont Museum of Art. You can still enter the building until Feb. 19, 2016 before it is no longer a free public space.
The tour covers Claremont’s early history as a stop on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Line through the development of the Claremont Colleges and the Citrus Industry and ends up in the Plaza on the west side of Indian Hill. We had a short discussion about what people call this area. Someone I know calls it the Laemmle Plaza. I usually say Village West Plaza, but then we decided that since Claremont only has one Plaza, it could stand alone with just that one word.