Historic California Posts, Camps,
Stations and Airfields
Mira Loma Engineer Sub-Depot
US Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles
District History (1991)
The former Mira Lorna Engineer
Sub-Depot is located at the intersection of Etiwanda Avenue and
Philadelphia Street in Mira Lorna, Riverside County, California,
approximately 10 miles northwest of the city of Riverside, California.
Between 1943 and 1944, the United States acquired 14.75 acres
by leasehold condemnation, U.S. vs Rancho Mira Loma, civil case
no. 2978 and three tracts, no area, license dated December 6,
1944, for three water pipeline rights-of-way from the Los Angeles
and Salt Lake Railroad Company and Union Pacific Railroad Company.
The Mira Lorna Engineer Sub-Depot was established and operated
as a sub-installation of the San Bernardino
Engineer Depot. It was used by the Chief of Engineers of
the United States Army for the storage of certain specialized
equipment and engineer supplies. Existing buildings on the property
include one frame and concrete building, one brick and concrete
residence, and miscellaneous sheds which were leased in addition
to the land.
Available documentation does not indicate the construction of
additional buildings by the War Department. A license for installations
upon right-of-way was granted on December 6, 1944 by the Los
Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company and the Union Pacific
Railroad Company to construct, operate, maintain, renew, and
remove an 8-inch steel pipe water line and a 6-inch steel pipe
water line on the railroad property.
The Mira Loma Engineer Sub-Depot was declared surplus on September
4, 1946, including both land and improvements on the 14.75 acres.
The lease was terminated on November 5, 1946. The three licenses
(no area) with the Railroad Companies were terminated on January
7, 1948. The sum of $1 plus other valuable considerations were
paid to the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company and the
Union Pacific Railroad Company by the United States. The release
agreement for these licenses released the United States from
liability and claims against them as a result of the occupation
of the property by the United States.
US Army Center of Military History
Historical Status Card - Post, Camp, Station and Airfields
Questions and comments concerning
this site should be directed to the Webmaster