The city is named for Pomona, the ancient Roman goddess of fruit. For Horticulturist Solomon Gates, "Pomona" was the winning entry in a contest to name the city in 1875, before anyone had ever planted a fruit tree. The city was first settled by Ricardo Vejar and Ygnacio Palomares in the 1830s, when California and much of the now-American Southwest were part of Mexico.
The first Anglo-Americans arrived in prior to 1848 when the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo resulted in California becoming part of the United States. By the 1880s, the arrival of railroads and Coachella Valley water had made it the western anchor of the citrus-growing region. Pomona was officially incorporated on January 6, 1888.
Pomona's newest neighborhood, Phillips Ranch, experienced rapid growth with homes still being built in the hilly area between Downtown and Diamond Bar. Today, Phillips Ranch is nearly all residential. Northern Pomona has seen some gentrification with additional housing units added and revamped streetscapes.
Downtown Pomona boasts the Fox Theatre which was recently restored and now offers concerts, movies, and sporting events in addition to being available to the public for special events. The downtown also has a great variety of restaurants and bistros for your dining pleasure.
Most of Pomona and some of the surrounding area are served by the Pomona Unified School District. The Claremont Unified School District is zoned for the students in the northern section of the city. The Pomona School District has recently constructed Diamond Ranch High School in the city's more affluent area of Phillips Ranch. The School of Arts and Enterprise, a charter high school, is also located in the city.
The City of Pomona has easy access to the 10 and 60 freeways and also has two Metrolink stations making for an easy commute to downtown Los Angeles and surrounding Cities.