Historic California Posts, Camps Stations and Airfields:
Banning Rifle Range
LOCATION: 29 miles southeast of San Bernardino in the city of Banning, Riverside County, CA. The intersection of Westward Avenue and Scott Street is approximately 650 feet west of the northwest corner of the site. It was adjacent to the Banning Landing Strip.
The War Department acquired 93.77 acres of land through leaseholds and license as follows: 29.97 acres by Lease No. W04-193-Eng-2773 from John C. Brinton and Margret L. Brinton on 10 April 1942; 20.00 acres by Lease No. W04-193-Eng-540 from Helen M. Purpus on 10 April 1942; 38.80 acres by Lease No. W04-193-Eng-2250 from the City of Banning; and 5.00 acres by Permit No. W04-193-Eng-57 from the Pacific Cut Stone and Granite Company on 6 August 1943.
The Banning Rifle Range was used by the Army for a small arms firing range during World War II. There are no known improvements placed on the site by DOD. The site was exclusively under War Department control during the period of ownership and use.
The three leases for 88.77 acres were terminated in 1944, and the land was returned to the owners as follows: lease for 29.97 acres was terminated on 2 June 1944, lease for 38.80 acres was terminated on 25 May 1944, and the lease for 20.00 acres was terminated on 5 June 1944. The permit for 5.00 acres was terminated effective 25 August 1944. Currently 30.33 acres are privately owned and are undeveloped. The City of Banning is currently utilizing 63.44 acres for evaporation ponds for a Water Reclamation Facility.
Source US Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District
Posted 20 December 2008