San Bernardino County Museum, in partnership with the Old Spanish Trail Association, Agua Mansa Chapter, the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, and the Native Daughters of the Golden West Grand Parlor will venture down the Old Spanish Trail on Oct. 2, 2021 at the Agua Mansa Pioneer Cemetery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“This celebration also coincides with Spanish Heritage Month and the 52nd anniversary of the Rivers and Trails Act. Our purpose for this day is to share the story of the Old Spanish Trail,” said Nancy Melendez, a descendant of one of the settlers of Agua Mansa and also the California director of the Old Spanish Trail Association, Agua Mansa Chapter.
The event will include walking tours of a mock Old Spanish Trail around the cemetery, live entertainment from Ballet Folklorico Cultural de San Bernardino along with mariachi music, mule-packing demonstrations, and food.
According to Curator of History, Jennifer Dickerson, “The Old Spanish Trail was a significant route for traders and travelers going between New Mexico and Los Angeles in the mid-1800s. Agua Mansa was a significant site along that route and, today, Agua Mansa Pioneer Cemetery reminds us of those brave individuals who created the first non-native settlements in the San Bernardino Valley over 175 years ago.”
Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 are free. The event takes place outside, so guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing. The cemetery is located at 2001 W. Agua Mansa Road in Colton.