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San Bernardino County and Riverside County


SILAS C. COX first saw San Bernardino when he was about seven years of age, and his intimate recollections of this city and community cover a period of almost seventy years, during which period he has witnessed the development of all the towns and cities in this section of the state from a vast horse, cattle and sheep pasture.

He was born in Fayette County, Alabama, January 14, 1843, and two years later his father, A. J. Cox, moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1847 crossed the plains to Utah and in the spring of 1850 the family came on to California and a year or so later came down to San Bernardino.

Silas Cox therefore grew up on the frontier, learned to ride a horse before he knew his letters, and in subsequent years his travels and experiences took him over nearly all the great West, as far north as Idaho and Montana, and he made a score of trips back and forth between Utah and California. He has been a cowboy, prospector, freighter, Indian fighter, and for about thirty-five years conducted a dairy ranch but is now living completely retired in his home at San Bernardino. His varied experiences, his character as a citizen, and his active associations with all the leading men of affairs of this district give him a well deserved prominence, and it is appropriate that this brief record should be preserved in the history of Riverside and San Bernardino counties in the absence of a complete account of his adventures, which in an important degree are part of the history of his times, and which should be preserved in the pioneer records of the county.


History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011