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Lytle Creek California
Lytle Creek is a census-designated place in San Bernardino County. It is about 16 miles (26 km) northwest of downtown San Bernardino and 10 miles (16 km) from the cities of Fontana and Rialto. This small remote community is located in a large southeast-trending canyon on the eastern portion of the San Gabriel Mountains completely within the boundaries of the San Bernardino National Forest. The population was 701 at the 2010 census.
Mormons arrived in the valley in 1851, making camp at the mouth of a canyon with a creek, which flowed briskly southeast through the canyon to the valley and the Santa Ana River. Overjoyed with the abundance of water, the dense growth of willows, cottonwoods and sycamores and the mustard and wild oats that grew on the hillsides, the Mormon settlers of San Bernardino named the stream "Lytle Creek" after their leader, Captain Andrew Lytle. Lytle Creek Canyon has been a site for gold mining, farming, and recreation activities such as fishing, camping, picnicking, and hiking. It has been considered a recreational area since the early 1870s.
Lytle Creek has its own newspaper "The Canyon" published by the Lytle Creek Community Center since 1948. All work is done by volunteers. Current editor, Ramona Merrifield, has held the title since June 1997. If you would like to have a copy of the Canyon for yourself you can email Romona at:
Under the Community Center Board of Trustees (a nonprofit organization), Ciji Mobley runs a Youth Group, Anna Sorum distributes commodities to about 100 individuals and runs a local branch of the San Bernardino County Library, Dolores Stinson delivers meals to the homebound, Norm Keegan develops (in conjunction with the County) a local fire protection capability, and Mary Stinson manages the local Red Cross emergency shelter program. An active branch of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) also operates with county OES and managed by Sally Boyd, whose husband Steve Boyd manages a cadre of U.S. Forest Service volunteers, aiding USFS in supporting their recreation program.