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South Banning

South Banning is a rural area consisting mostly of horse ranches and farms, mixed in with some low income older homes. A major portion of the west end is the Spring Valley Retirement community. The west side hosts the Banning Airport and Banning's Industrial Area. The new Banning High School, located 2 miles south on San Gorgonio Ave., was completed in 1992 The old high school is now Nicolet Middle School.

Historical Note

La Chancla (the "Shoe") El Sapo (the "Frog") and El Lagartijo (the "Lizard") were all historic barrios in Banning with roots established as early as the 1880s. The Southern Pacific Railroad was constructed through Banning in 1875 and 1876 and much of the workforce on the railroad were men of Mexican descent. Some of the areas of Chancla and Sapo were used for housing for the railroad workers and commercial ventures developed along Livingston Street in response to the new community. El Sapo (the "Frog") got its name from the frogs that chirped at night while congregating at the water sheds used to irrigate the orchards. Historic Barrios of Banning

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  • South Banning South 22nd St. Entrance to Dysart Park

    South 22nd St. Entrance to Dysart Park

  • South Banning Horse Ranch

    Horse Ranch

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    South Banning

  • South Banning Old Idyllwid Rd.

    Old Idyllwild Rd.

  • South Banning East Charles

    East Charles

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    South Banning

  • South Banning Serrano Del Vista Retirement Community

    Serrano Del Vista Retirement Community

  • South Banning Homes - Serrano Del Vista

    Homes - Serrano Del Vista

  • South Banning Sun Lakes

    Sun Lakes

South Banning neighborhoods are mostly rural ranches mixed in small older communities. There has been some development over the years, mainly Sun Lakes and Serrano Del Vista, two 55 + gated communities.

Historical Note

One interesting aspect of the Hmong immigration to the San Gorgonio Pass is that some of the first Hmong arrivals in the early 1980s were allowed to live on the Morongo Reservation. An individual who owned approximately 20 acres of land on the reservation made arrangements for some Hmong families to build or rent on the land. The first area in Banning to be densely populated by Hmong was between Barbour and Westward off of Eighth Street. From the Hills of Laos to the San Gorgonio Pass...


  • South Banning Community

    Westbound Train

  • South Banning Westbound Train

    Railroad Crossing San Gorgonio Ave

  • South Banning Lyons Recreational Park

    Lyons Recreational Park

  • South Banning Dysart Equestrian Park Rodeo

    Dysart Equestrian Park Rodeo

  • South Banning Banning High School

    Banning High School

  • South Banning Community BHS Activity Fields

    BHS Activity Fields

  • South Banning Community Canaan Church

    Canaan Church

  • South Banning Banning Municipal Airport

    Banning Municipal Airport

  • South Banning Community Road Camp

    Road Camp

Banning High School out grew its original site (now the Nicolet middle school) moving south on San Gorgonio Ave. The Lyons Park is the newest park built in Banning and contains multiple recreation fields for baseball, soccer, etc. The Banning Municipal Airport, built in the 1940s, is located in the southeast corner of Banning. Banning's annual stagecoach Days Rodeo is held at the Dysart Equestrian park - south 21st street.

Historical Note

The Banning Municipal Airport, which has been operating since the 1940s, is in the process of being shut down. The city council has voted to close the airport, a process that could take many years. Airports in the San Gorgonio Pass


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    7 Star Food Store

  • South Banning Star Food Store

    Entrance to KOA Campground

  • South Banning Entrance to KOA Campground

    Highway 243 road to Idyllwild

  • South Banning Commercial Buildings

    Commercial Buildings

  • South Banning Banning Electric Sub-station

    Banning Electric Sub-station

  • South Banning Warehouse


  • South Banning Highland Sprins Shopping Center

    Highland Springs Shopping Center

  • South Banning Highland Springs looking north towards Ramsey

    Highland Springs looking north towards Ramsey

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    Entrance to Sun Lakes Village

  • New department stores at the old Kmart building

    New department stores at the old Kmart building

Banning industrial and commercial buildings are located in eastern area of South Banning. Banning's major shopping center can be found to the west along Highland Springs Rd. heading south on San Gorgonio there will be a small market and the KOA Campground located just before your accent to Mount San Jacinto. The campground is one of the oldest businesses still operating today.

Historical Note

Before the construction of the freeway South San Gorgonio Ave. attracted many businesses running north and south of the railroad tracks.

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South Banning
Sun Lakes Village Shopping Center - Facebook page
Sun Lakes Country Club - www.sunlakescc.com
KOA Campground - http://koa.com
Beaver Primary Care Center - https://www.beavermedicalgroup.com
Banning Churches - www.churchfinder.com/churches/ca/banning