Redlands in the Early 20th Century
A nice photographic view overlooking Cañon Crest Park in Redlands. The park was founded in 1890 by Alfred and Albert Smiley on a site now called Smiley Heights. In the early days of Redlands the park drew tourists to the area, helping put Redlands on the map. The park was lost due to to residential development in the mid-20th-century.
The view shows several large homes separated by expansive orchards, with some eucalyptus trees in the foreground.
English-born photographer Frederic Hamer Maude first came to California in the 1880s. By 1895 he had removed to Los Angeles were he acquired the photography business of C. B. Waite, including that photogrpahers large inventory of negatives which included extensive views of Southern California. Waite is also known for his prolific photographic work in Mexico. In addition to California scenes Maude focused on the southwestern desert and mountains, making images during expeditions to the Grand Canyon and to various Native American pueblos. While he largely retired from the photography business by the late 1920s, he continued to photograph scenes in the Southwest, and lived to age 100.