This article is about Colton, a city in San Bernardino County in Southern California. There is also a village called Colton in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, situated about midway between York and Leeds.
Colton was founded in 1875, and is probably best remembered for a confrontation, the "battle of the crossing", which took place on September 13, 1883 at the intersection of two rival railroads in the city. Virgil Earp, brother of the famed lawman Wyatt, took part as a security guard hired by one of the railroad companies.
The nearest and most convenient airport for Colton is Ontario (IATA:ONT). Delta, American, United and Alaska/Horizon offer services from the full range of US and international destinations via their hubs. The major car rental chains are available there, and Colton is about a 20-minute drive along the I-10 freeway from the airport. The airports at Palm Springs (IATA:PSP) and Orange County (IATA:SNA) are also within an hour's drive of Colton. Los Angeles International (IATA:LAX) is about 90 minutes' drive in the middle of the day, but the notorious traffic congestion in the LA metro means that the journey can often take a lot longer at peak times.
Interstate 10 and Interstate 215 intersect at Colton, CA. Take 215 South from San Bernardino or 1-10 east from Los Angeles.
San Bernardino, immediately to the north of Colton, is served by a combined Metrolink/Amtrak station. Metrolink trains to and from Los Angeles (Union Station) run hourly throughout most of the day, and there is also a more limited service to Riverside and Orange County. Most addresses in Colton are a 10-15 minute taxi ride from San Bernardino station.
There is a limited bus service operated by Omnitrans within Colton and the surrounding cities, although a new service, the San Bernardino Express (sbX), is due to open in 2014, linking Colton with the CalState Bernardino campus, San Bernardino itself and Loma Linda. The most efficient way to get around is by car. Note that at the time of writing (August 2013), Hunts Lane is closed between Club Center Drive and Commercial Street for the construction of a new railroad bridge, and is scheduled to stay closed until April 2014. Diversions are in place, which can cause rush hour traffic delays around the intersections of Waterman Avenue, Redlands Boulevard and Caroline Street.
Another of the Earp brothers, Morgan, whose assassination in Tombstone was avenged in Wyatt's "vendetta ride", is buried in Colton's Hermosa Cemetery.
The Colton area is conveniently located to shopping and attractions. The Ontario Mills Mall, Inland Center Mall and Moreno Valley Mall are all close to Colton. Attractions such as the California Speedway, California Theater of Performing Arts and Historic Route 66 also surround Colton.
There are a number of restaurants located in the strip mall at 1091 Mount Vernon Avenue. Ravi's India Cuisine is a highlight and a local institution. The sambar soup is a must try!