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Located in western Riverside County near the junction of the 91 Freeway and Interstate 15, about 50 miles south and east of Los Angeles. Nearby communities include: Corona (4 miles), Home Gardens (4.7 miles), Mira Loma (5.1 miles), El Cerrito (6.9 miles) Pedley (7.2 miles), Glen Avon (7.9 miles), Ontario (9.8 miles), Chino (10.8 miles) and Riverside (11.4 miles).
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a valley with hills along its eastern border. The Santa Ana River follows along its northern border, above its river bluff. The area is not altogether flat, though some areas are not hilly at all.
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mild with no real extremes in weather. A few hot spells in the summer may go over 100, winter temperatures rarely drop below 40.
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History & History Related Items

In 1846, the area that is now Norco was part of a Mexican Grant from Mexico to Vicenta Sepulveda and was called the Little La Sierra Rancho. The area passed through several owners including the San Jacinto Land Company. James W. Long purchased the Norco area land around 1908. He organized the Orange Heights Water Company. Development began and in 1910 the area became a subdivision of the Corona Land Company for citrus growing. In 1921, the property was purchased by the North Corona Land Company. The name of Norco came from the North Corona portion of the company name.

From fewer than 100 families in the valley to the present, Norco has changed much. The Norco Store was the hub of the city during this early time. Rex B. Clark purchased the company during the 20's. He then set about developing the city of Norco. Clark was responsible for most of the early buildings in the area, such as: the Norco School on Acacia. This is used today as the Norco Community Center. In 1929 Rex B. Clark built a resort, the Norconian Club and Hotel near a hot sulfur well he discovered in the area. The hotel became the "in" place to visit for the Hollywood movie crowd. The depression hurt the economy as it did all over the country and the hotel closed down. The property was sold to the federal government in 1941 for use as a naval hospital. Later, after the hospital was closed down, the site became the Naval Weapons Center and the California Rehabilitation Center. These two are still active in the community today, providing many jobs and helping our community.

Norco has grown larger and gained many new businesses and families. It was incorporated as a city in December of 1964. It is well-known for its animal-keeping orientation. Lot sizes in Norco are a minimum 1/2 acre in size. Nearly any type of animal may be found in town. Interstate 15 goes through Norco and has brought business and exposure to the city. Notable additions are the Norco Auto Mall and Gateway area development. There are no sidewalks or curbs in much of Norco, instead horse trails are the norm. It is a great family-sports-animal oriented community.

Lake Norconian Club Preservation Foundation
Preserve, Protect, Renovate and Restore the extraordinary Lake Norconian Club Resort built in 1929. Grounds include a 60 acre lake with lake pavillion. Please visit the website to learn more about the Lake Norconian Club Resort!
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The settling of Norco


The incorporation of Norco

23 December 1964.


Norco Fair
Held each Labor Day Weekend
Sponsored by the Norco Area Chamber of Commerce
Place: Ingalls Park - 6th & Crestview in Norco
Carnival Rides, Food, vendors, Arts & Crafts, Livestock Auction, Pony Rides, Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Indian Village and much, much more.
Watermelon & Pie Eating and many more Contests - Family Fun Day.

Norco Area Visitors Center

U.S. Navy - Naval Surface Warfare Center Corona Division
Lake Norconian (on the Navy Base) Phone: 951-273-5000

Ingalls Park Equestrian Facility
Call the city for more information
Phone: 951-735-3900
or Parks & Recreation
Phone: 951-270-5632

Santa Ana River

- Norco College - part of the Riverside Community College District.

Norco Rehabilitation Center
Medium Security Correctional Facility
Western & Fifth St.
Norco, CA 92860
Phone: 951-737-2683
Hidden Valley Golf Course -a new course built in the Norco Hills with spectacular views and a wonderful place to enjoy a day of golf
10 Club House Dr.
Norco, CA 92860
Phone: 951-737-1010
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Economy & Industry

The Norco Auto Mall
The Gateway Redevelopment area
The 6th Street Old Town area
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Norco City Government

City of Norco official site.
2870 Clark
Norco, CA 92860
Phone: 951-735-3900

Parks and Recreation

Norco Senior Center

The type of government in Norco is City Manager/City Council. A Mayor is appointed from the City Council.

California Rehabilitation Center at Norco
Western & 5th
Norco, California 92860
Phone: 951 737-2683


Norco is located within the second supervisorial District of the county of Riverside. The Second Supervisorial District includes the cities of Corona and Norco; approximately 1/3 of the City of Riverside, including the Magnolia Center and Municipal Airport areas, Casa Blanca, and the Eastside Community. Unincorporated communities within the 2nd Supervisorial District include the Jurupa Valley (Rubidoux, Glen Avon, Sunnyslope, Pedley, Mira Loma); and Home Gardens, El Cerrito, Coronita, and Green River. See our page for Riverside County for more information and a link to the official Riverside County site.

Norco Historical Events

2012 Spring
The Norco High School Girls Softball Team earned top honors this season by winning the Powerade Fab 50 Softball National Championship! The team earned the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Championship Title as well as #1 State and National Rankings. We are Norco!!
2008, May 9-11
Norco Founders Day Celebration
The first celebration of the founding the Norco was this year. Events included a Dinner-Dance held at Nellie Weaver Hall with Country music and dancing after a great BBQ dinner. Saturday events included a flagraising, pancake breakfast, recognition of alumni of the old Norco School and past Norco Queens and Princesses. A hot dog lunch was also served. Displays of historical photos and other memorabilia was at the community center. An ice cream social was held in the fireside room along with the cake cutting of a birthday cake decorated to look like the Lake Norconian Pavillion building. Vendors and local organizations had booths around the area. Also during the day was a Ranch tour of local ranches that was very well attended and extremely fun! The Sunday main event was the first ever horse ride around the Lake Norconian. The event drew at least 300 riders! Norconians love their town!! All funds from the event were donated to either the Friends of the Norco Hills or the Lake Norconian Foundation for preservation of open land or of the Lake Norconian Resort.
2000, 5 October
Five Chickens find home in Norco
Five chickens that were on the TV series "Big Brother" have been placed in a refuge in Norco after being used for eggs for the cast during the filming. Animal rights leader Nancy Burnet and game show host, Bob Barker, were concerned for the welfare of the chickens after the show was finished. Barker said, "The chickens were very cooperative. They just clucked and clucked in happiness. We put them in these cages where they seemed to be quite comfortable."

1997, 27 September - Norco, California

City Councilman, William (Bill) Thomas Vaughan, Sr., age 70, died today at his home. He had surgery to remove a cancerous brain tumor last April. Vaughan had been a major contributor to life in Norco for over 30 years. Bill and his family came to Norco in 1961. He was first elected to the city council in June, 1990. He served as mayor in 1994 and 1996. In the 1992 election he was the top "vote-getter." Bill came from Carnegie Oklahoma. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the second world war. He was recalled to serve during the Korean War in the early 50's. He and his wife, Phylliss, lived in the city of Fullerton before moving to Norco. By profession, he was a real estate agent and building contractor, though in recent years he considered himself "semi-retired."

True to his "stand for what you believe in" attitude, Vaughan ran for the city council two times before being elected in 1990. He is considered to be a "Norco Pioneer" by many. Former Councilman, Steve Nathan, says of Vaughan, "Norco's lifestyle is his gift to us." A member of several civic organizations, Vaughan was not one to stand by and do nothing. Val Cox, president of the Norco Horseman's Association, (of which Vaughan was a member) maintains, "I don't think I ever saw the man do anything for himself...He was always doing something for someone else. He was always for Norco." Bill was also a member of Temescal Masonic Lodge 314 Free and Accepted Masons.

Bill generally spoke his mind, especially at city council meetings. You knew where he stood on issues. He also disliked the use of consultants by the city. He said, "When I think I'm right, I'll make my point as clearly as I can." His view on consultants is shown by his statement, "I do not need consultants to tell me what I already know."

Bill will be missed by all!
Submitted by the City of Norco

1996, 7 December - Norco High School Cougars Football team played Alta Loma in a CIF semi-final game today. The final score, unfortunately for Norco was 38 - 12 in favor of Alta Loma. Alta Loma played a great game today, burying Norco's running game. Norco finishes its season with an admirable record of 11-2. In the last five seasons, Norco has won 15 playoff games. We are proud of our Cougars - They are a great team!!

14 August 1996 Norco, California
Harry Brinton, a former city councilman and mayor died today of heart disease. He was 85 years old. He and his late wife, Eleanor, who passed away in February, 1994, lived in Norco for 50 years. Some of his many accomplishments are: Norco Citizen of the Year, co-founder of the Norco Valley Fair, involved with the Chamber of Commerce, the local Lion's Club and the Senior Citizen's Center.
Submitted in memory of Harry Brinton by Ronald K Snow, Norco City Historian

1980, May 9
On this date there was a Shootout between police in Norco and five heavily armed suspects armed with assault rifles as well as various explosive and incendiary devices. After the shootout with police at a bank at Fourth Street and Hamner AVenue in Norco, the suspects became involved in a prolonged chase in which the suspects shot at police, disabled 33 police vehicles, and civilian cars with improvised explosive devices thrown from the back of a truck. The suspects also disabled a police helicopter. Later the suspects lay in wait for police as they chased them and ambushed them resulting in the death of a police officer and injury to others. One of the suspects was killed in the shootout, one during a standoff with Police, and three were later captured. 8 officers were injured.

16 October 1967 Norco, California
Norco High School opens. Norco High School began with no Seniors its first year. The first graduating class was in the 1968-1969 school year. That graduating class had 220 Seniors. The entire school had 39 teachers and 533 students. The A, K, J, and B buildings were built first. Also completed during this first phase were the library, girls locker room (which was divided between the girls & boys to start), the gym and the pool. The second phase included the D & H buildings, the Little Theater, the cafeteria, the wrestling room and boys locker room. This group of buildings was completed in 1974 and 1975. The first principal was Phil Donahue. Earl Vaughn, Jim Troxel, Dave Long and Maggie Little have been succeeding principals at Norco High. The mascot for the school is a cougar.
Submitted by the Snow children - graduates of Norco High School, classes of 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003.

December 1964 Norco, California
Norco became an incorporated city. The first city council was as follows: Gilbert Cox, Thomas Harris, Louis Hoefs, John Koning MD, and Bert Range. Gilbert Cox was appointed to be the first mayor.
Submitted by Ronald K Snow, Norco City Historian

1 June 1993
The Norco Public Library moves into the former Norco City Hall at 3954 Old Hamner. There is space for the Friends of the Norco Library, and the Norco Historical Society. The Library has a separate room for horse material, children's material, and reference. The City of Norco, as the landlord, owns the facility and pays for the bulk of the renovation.
Submitted by the Friends of the Norco Library

8 December 1941 Norco, California
The Norconian Resort Hotel was sold on this date to the Federal Government. The property was rapidly turned into a Naval Hospital. Hotel rooms were turned into hospital rooms and operating arenas. Nearly all of the patients were victims of tuberculosis, malaria, rheumatic fever and polio. By April 1943 the hospital had 1,000 beds. Other buildings were added as housing for nurses and staff members. The hospital continued serving patients until November 1949. At this time, with the war efforts over, the urgent need for hospital beds had dramatically decreased. The hospital closed against the wishes of the community. During the Korean War in June 1950, the hospital was reopened. It took over three million dollars to refurbish the old hospital. In June 1951, it was ready to serve as a general care hospital that could handle 700-800 patients at one time. By 1952, the hospital needed 700 civilian employees and navy personnel to function. By 1957, the hospital cared for 586 patients daily. It was in June of this year that the Navy announced that they would be closing the facility. In October, the hospital was again closed and dismantled.
Submitted by the Norco Historical Society

11 August 1927 Norco, California
Work started on the Norconian Resort Hotel. Rex B. Clark, founder of Norco, began to build a huge, luxury hotel, surrounded by acres of land and Lake Norconian. The hotel was called the "World's Resort Supreme". It was visited by many of the Hollywood crowd during its prime. There was even a private airstrip for the guests. The Stock market crash of 1929 began a downward spiral for the hotel that ended in its closure not long after the crash. Lake Norconian was made over about 65 acres of land. The water was pumped in from the many underground wells in the area. The hotel was famous for its hot sulfur wells.
Submitted by the Norco Historical Society

Norco Chamber

Norco Area Chamber of Commerce
1801 Third Street, A101
Norco, CA 92860
Phone: 951-737-6222
Norco Chamber of Commerce
1204 6th Street
Norco, California 92860
Phone: 951-737-2531

Norco Community News

2010 Labor Day Weekend
The Norco Fair was great this year with exciting rodeo and animal related events, entertainment of all kinds, the Miss Norco and related pageants, talent shows, booths, lots of great food, contests and of course, the Norco Fair Parade. Plan to attend next year! The fair runs for five days on Labor Day Weekend. The parade is held on Monday, Labor day! Entrance is a fair badge. The badges are pre-sold at a discount by queen contestants before the fair. They may also be purchased at the gate at full price.

Norco Community Events

Annual Event - Western Art Show
"Art of the American West"
Held each year in March.
Nellie Weaver Hall, Ingalls Park
3737 Crestview Avenue
Norco, CA 92860
For more information, please call Norco Parks & Recreation at: 951-270-5632
Quick Draws, Demonstrations, Cowboy Poetry, Norco U.S. Marshals, Western Barbecue, Norco Desperados, Horsin' Around Gang, Artist's Reception and much more!

Labor Day Weekend each year
Sponsored by the Norco Valley Chamber of Commerce
Place: Ingalls Park - 6th & Crestview in Norco
Carnival Rides, Food, vendors, Arts & Crafts, Livestock Auction, Pony Rides, Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Indian Village and much, much more.
Watermelon & Pie Eating and many more Contests on Monday - Family Fun Day.
For more Info or to become a vendor
Call (951) 737-2531

Norco Mounted Posse Rodeo
End of August each year - just before the Norco Fair! Toll-free Event Information (888) 84-NORCO or (888) 846-6726
P.O. Box 241
Norco, CA 92860
Norco Valley Fair
Held in early August each year

Every 2nd Saturday September through July
Open Gymkhana Horse Shows
Place: Eddie Moreno Memorial Arena at Ingalls Equestrian Park
Time: Please call for times
Sponsored by: Modjeska Mavericks Riding Club, CGA District 17
Shows are held every 2nd Saturday of the month. Open to all levels and abilities of riders and horses. 6-7 Events offered each show. Year-end awards program.
For information contact Johnny Tassone at (951) 738-1138 or Kassie Jackson (951) 371-0660

Norco Organizations

Norco Area Chamber of Commerce
1801 Third Street, A101
Norco, CA 92860
Phone: 951-737-6222
Norco Chamber of Commerce
1204 6th Street
Norco, California 92860
Phone: 951-737-2531

Norco Libraries

Norco Public Library
3954 Old Hamner Avenue
Norco, CA 92860
Phone: 951-735-5329

The Norco Library is part of the Riverside County Library System

Norco Schools

The Corona-Norco Unified School District
2820 Clark Ave., Norco, CA 92860
Highland Elementary School

Norco Elementary School

Riverview Elementary School

Sierra Vista Elementary School
Victress Bower School
Washington Elementary School

Norco Intermediate School
Auburndale Intermediate School

John F. Kennedy Middle College High School
Norco High School
Eleanor Roosevelt High School


Little Rascal's PreSchool
2200 Hamner Ave. - Suite 110, Norco, CA 92860
Phone: 951 279-3454
We feature: a learning environment, reasonable rates, AM snack, lunch, PM snack, State Licensed-Accredited teachers Hours 6 am to 6 pm Mon-Fri.
Come join the fun!!!
Teaching ABC's, numbers, colors, shapes, individual classrooms for appropriate ages
Easy access off I-15 at 2nd st.
Mention this ad and receive 20% off registration for full-time enrollment.


Norco College
- part of the Riverside Community College District
2001 Third St.
Norco, CA 92860
Phone: 951-372-7081 Norco


The population of Norco was:
1990 - 23,239
2000 - 24,157
2005 - 26,960
2006 - 27,051
2007 - 27,263

The number of Households in Norco was:
1990 - 5,941
2000 - 6,136
Median age:
2000 - 36.3 years

Average family size:
2000 - 3.43 persons

Median household income:
2000 - $ 62,652
2005 - $ 76,300

Median house value:
2000 - $ 207,400
2005 - $ 526,100
2007 - $ 540,000

There are 120 miles of horse trails in Norco

Norco is located in the Pacific Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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