Redlands: A Brief History
In the valley of the San Bernardino mountains, nestled among orange groves, is the town of which we are proud to call home. As the country’s oldest stamp and coin retailer, Briggs and Coops has remained in the San Bernardino and Redlands area for 80 years. And over this time, we have grown in appreciation for our town and its unique history.
Electricity is perhaps a lesser-known but significant source of Redlands pride. In 1892, construction began on the Mill Creek Canyon powerhouse. This was the groundwork for the world’s first transmission line, providing electricity to Redlands. And on August 5, 1893, the streets of Redlands were first illuminated with electric lamps. Today, the Southern California Edison Company can trace its roots back to these humble beginnings.
We hope that you too share a love for the quaint yet proud town of Redlands. And as part of remembering its stories, the Briggs and Coops collection is stocked with mementos from Redlands’ past. If you have something you think could be of value, we’d love to see it! Let’s continue to learn about our town’s history together!