The Southern Pacific Railroad that traversed through the city, as well as the discovery of gold near the San Bernardino Mountains, brought far more than people seeking housing during the 19th century. It was a central hub of commerce in Southern California. Its distinguishing landmark then and now is an enormous clearing on the heavily forested side of the mountains in the shape of an arrowhead, where early Native American settlers would gather to bathe in the nearby hot springs. Today, many homes have a great view of the landmark, as well as the Arrowhead Springs Resort, a hotel and spa first established in 1868 to harness the health benefits of the hot springs.
But home renters need not check into an upscale resort to find seclusion and relaxation in the San Bernardino Mountains. The city lies at the foot of San Bernardino National Forest, a gorgeous national park established in 1907 that now covers 676,666 acres. Trails and mountains make for fantastic skiing and snowshoeing, but a home renter in San Bernardino looking for a scenic drive can also cruise along the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway, which weaves through both tropical foliage and snowy mountaintops.
San Bernardino's historical significance doesn't just come from the Gold Rush. It also lays claim to what we now know as the "golden arches". In 1940, Dick and Mac McDonald opened the first McDonald's in San Bernardino.
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