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Redlands California, prohibition, anti-prostitution, nativism, Chinese immigrants, community history


Cultural History | Political Science | Public History | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | United States History


Redlands is, and always has been a city with a conscience. Afraid to be grouped together in anonymity with the "lesser" communities of San Bernardino, Colton and Mentone. Redlanders were determined to create a separate identity, different from the rest of the valley. The image of Redlands as a clean, lawful, healthy city with good weather year-round was, above all, the most important image early Redlanders wanted to maintain.

The emergence of the saloon, the brothel, and Chinese "gambling den" in Redlands alarmed its citizens. They viewed these establishments as eye sores and embarrassments to the community. Direct measures were taken to curb the vagrant population that patroned these places of business as well as to run the saloon-keeper, the prostitute, and Chinese out of town.

The purpose of this paper is to chronicle the interactions that took place, from roughly 1887 to 1905, between citizens of Redlands about the question of "undesirables" living in their community. I have also recorded the variety of opinions on how they should remedy the problem.

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