Thursday, January 3, 2008

Yes, we in the Inland Empire are very egotistical

You already know that I refer to myself as an emperor, and you may know that a former Upland resident referred to herself as an empress.

But compared to a Pomona resident, we are mere bugs. Said Pomona resident refers to herself as a Goddess.

Actually, she has done some investigative work that would make David Allen proud (and Allen has met her, for the record). You see, Goddess of Pomona took her name from the Goddess named Pomona, and thus has performed some research into the connection between the city and the mythological character.

I am the proud owner of the newly published, "Images of America, Early Pomona" by Mickey Gallivan and the Historical Society of Pomona Valley. I got this book at Barnes & Noble yesterday and would highly recommend it to anyone who knows and loves Pomona. They carry similar books in this series about Azusa, Covina, Glendora, Glendale and oh yeah the usual, boring places like Hollywood.

According to this book, there are actually 3 Goddess of Pomona statues in Pomona.

The Goddess then talks about the well-known (well, to Pomona residents anyway) statue, currently in the library; a lesser-known statue, which can be found in Garfield Park; and a third statue, which seems to have disappeared.

This raises the question - how many of you know the origin of your city's name? In my case, the answer is simple - my city was founded by two brothers from a certain Canadian province. How about YOUR city?

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