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When the soldiers returned after the end of World War II, the community of Yucaipa celebrated the victory and settled into a new era that would someday become known as the "good old days." Located in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains at the edge of the desert, the area and the climate was perfect for not only maintaining the agriculture-based economy, but establishing more businesses, churches, schools, and whole new neighborhoods. The first tracts of homes were followed with mobile home parks for new retirees looking for a real hometown, which they found in Yucaipa. People raised their children in a village-style environment, and the whole family could enjoy life with enthusiasm. There was plenty to do, and traditions that are continuing today were established in the form of parades, fairs, sports programs, and the enrichment opportunities of good schools, a college, and the community's love of its land and each other.

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