Fillmore historical museum
 

EARLY FILLMORE

HISTORICAL CENTRAL AVENUE
circa 1910
Looking north at Central Avenue and Main Street. Streets were still unpaved and lined with pepper trees. The early Main Street ran parallel to the railroad tracks, but businesses began to spring up along Central Avenue. These stores included a hotel, drug store, pool hall, dry goods store and theater.
FIRST SCHOOL BUILDING IN BARDSDALE
circa 1900
This early school in Bardsdale was located between Bardsdale Avenue and Pasadena Avenue. It was torn down in 1918. The bell that was located in the bell tower is on display in the Fillmore Historical Museum’s 1887 Southern Pacific depot. Come by and we will be happy to give you a tour!
SESPE CREEK FLOOD WATERS
circa 1938
A Southern Pacific freight train stopped at the west bridge over the flooding Sespe Creek in 1938. The bridge over the east channel had already been washed away. (courtesy Fillmore, CA, 1888-Centennial-1988)
FILLMORE’S FIRST SCHOOL
circa 1890
This temporary building, hardly more than a shelter-was located in the Rancho Sespe area of the valley. The ranchers loaned the lumber for the building with the understanding that the wood would be returned when school house was taken apart.
DR. IRA HINCKLEY’S DRUG STORE
circa 1900
Dr. J.P. Hinckley was Fillmore’s first doctor, and many times he would be given a chicken, some garden vegetables, or perhaps a fat pig, as his fee. His son, Dr. Ira Hinckley was the town’s first dentist, and in 1900, also ran the first drugstore at the northeast corner of Ventura Street and Central Avenue. He had his dental office in the rear of the store and many a patient waited in the dental chair with their tooth only half filled while Ira filled a prescription or whipped up an ice cream soda for a customer at Fillmore’s first soda fountain, located in the front of the store. The drugstore later became Clough’s Pharmacy. (courtesy Fillmore, CA, 1888-Centennial-1988)