The History of Ontario, California: Home to Petique

The History of Ontario, California: Home to Petique

All About Ontario

Founded as a Model Colony, based on innovation, planned development, community service and family values, the City of Ontario has become the economic heart of the region. It is also the corporate headquarters for Petique, Inc. 


Ontario Early History

In 1881, a Canadian engineer named George Chaffey took a look at the Cucamonga Desert and decided that, with the addition of a little water, the area could be productive and profitable. He and his brother, William, bought the 6,218-square foot parcel known as the "San Antonio lands," for $60,000. They used the parcel as the anchor for a new model colony. They eventually the area to include the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks on the south and the Kincaid Ranch at San Antonio Canyon, to the north. Doing so was wise, as it was an all-important source of water. An important innovation in the settlement was the provision which provided land buyers with automatic shares in the water company. This eliminated problems facing many settlers faced elsewhere, where land rights and water rights were exclusive.


Growth of Ontario

Ontario, California was incorporated in 1891. The development was initially developed as an agricultural community, prominently featuring citrus. A few lovely Victorian "grove houses" remain intact today, a throwback to Ontario roots. Although most of the groves are gone, Ontario remains close to the "ton-mile center" of industry. In fact, oranges, peaches, walnuts, lemons and grapes have contributed to the growth of Ontario as well as its neighboring city, Upland.


High-Flying City

In the early 1920’s, airplane enthusiasts such as Judge Archie Mitchell and Waldo Waterman established Latimer Field. During World War II, this was a busy training center for pilots of the hot Lockheed P-38 "Lightning" twin-boom fighter. With deep roots in aviation, it was only natural that Ontario International Airport was established in 1923. 


Modern Ontario History

Since World War II, Ontario has morphed into a diversified community. The mild climate and mountain backdrop attract residents. The city has expanded from the 0.38 square mile area incorporated back in 1891, up to almost 50 square miles. The economy now reflects an industrial and manufacturing base. Ten thousand acres are zoned for industrial use. With three major railroads, the San Bernardino, Pomona, and Devore Freeways (10, 60, and 15), and the Ontario International Airport. Ontario is well provided with major transportation resources. Its proximity to Los Angeles ensures that Ontario will continue to grow in the years ahead.


Fun Facts about the City of Ontario

  • Official song is "Beautiful Ontario," written by Paul Coronel in 1960. 
  • The official flower is the Charlotte Armstrong rose, developed by a local nurseryman.

Ontario’s slogan or mottos: The Model Colony, The Model City, The City That Charms, Ontario Offers Opportunity, Pulse of the Inland Empire, Stop and Grow with Ontario, Gateway to the Inland Empire, A Balanced Community, The Gateway to Southern California, and Southern California's Next Urban Center.


Ontario Business

With some 167,000 residents, Ontario is the fourth largest city in San Bernardino County. The city boasts more than 100 million square feet of industrial manufacturing and distribution space, which make Ontario the hub of Inland Empire industry. One notable business, which operates out of a large warehouse in Safari Business Center, is Petique, Inc. 



About Petique

Located in Ontario, California, Petique Inc is a women- and family-owned business specializing in pet supplies and consumables. Pet owners ourselves, we share a passion to create a positive, healthy and fun environment for furry family members. We also strive to create quality pet products that conserve ecological resources whenever possible, and consciously avoid depleting natural resources. With more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing, product development and design, we take pride in creating eco-friendly and non-toxic items, reliable travel gear and innovative products. Contact us today, visit our website or call (909) 673-0998.

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