Why Do They Call It the Inland Empire?

It’s not the only Inland Empire, you know

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Why do they call it the Inland Empire, and what are its boundaries?

The name dates to a Manifest Destiny-era push to colonize the wide-open West. Texas and Washington have Inland Empires. The moniker was applied to Stockton in the late 1800s.

In Southern California, San Bernardino and Riverside counties acquired the title decades ago, according to John Husing, an economist who has studied the birthplace of McDonald’s, the navel orange, and the auto mall for more than 50 years.


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