Here lie the roots of Corona. This city, incorporated in 1896, was named Corona (Spanish for “crown”) in honor of the city’s circular Grand Boulevard, designed 10 years earlier and stretching three miles around the core of the city. Early residents used to parade their fancy buggies on this circular street that enclosed the main functions of the community: schools, churches, residences and stores.
On Sept. 9, 1913, in observance of California’s Admissions Day, Corona residents celebrated with an international automobile race on the Boulevard. The event attracted such auto racing greats of Ralph De Palma, Barney Oldfield, Terrible Teddy Tetzlaff and Earl Cooper. More than 100,000 people came to the town of 4,000 to watch Cooper win the race and a prize of $8,250. It was so successful that races were held again in 1914 and 1916. The demise of the road races were due not only to the tragic deaths that occurred in 1916, but because of the cost and local effort needed to stage such an extravagant event.
Today, the city is home to Corona’s oldest neighborhoods and downtown corridor. The citrus groves have given way the vast areas that have been incorporated into the city in the past 100-plus years.
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