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An early image of Kimberly Crest, early 1900s. Photographs courtesy Kimberly-Shirk Association Archives, except as noted

The town of Redlands, California, was platted by the Redlands Water Company in 1887 and incorporated in the following year. In the early 1890s, Redlands was considered just another thriving orange-growing city. By the 1920s, however, it was known as the most charming and lovely city in San Bernardino County, due largely to the many fine estates built by Eastern capitalists. Redlands was a desirable destination for many affluent families seeking an escape from the winter doldrums of the Midwest and the East Coast. Indeed, Redlands became a winter haven, much like Palm Springs would become in later years.

Redlands benefited from two significant events. First was the arrival in the community of two brothers, Alfred and Albert Smiley, in 1889; second was the founding of Redlands University in 1907. The Smiley brothers purchased 200 acres on the southern ridge overlooking the town. There they built their homes and proceeded to develop the land into a semi-tropical Eden. Eventually, they expan...

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