A community known as Sleepy Hollow may be found in Carbon Canyon, which is part of the Chino Hills, in the city of Chino Hills, in San Bernardino County. The city of Brea, which is located in Orange County, forms the neighborhood’s neighbor to the west.
The village was established in the 1920s on around eighty acres by Cleve and Elizabeth (Heald) Purington, and it was later subdivided into small cabin lots targeted for inhabitants who did not intend to make their homes there permanently. In 1925, Purington established the Sleepy Hollow Water and Improvement Company with the intention of fostering the growth of the surrounding community. The company had a total capitalization of $14,000, which was distributed over 280 certificates worth $50 each. The area, which most likely benefited from the paving of Carbon Canyon Road (also known as State Route 142) in 1925, still contains a significant number of these cabins, some of which have been significantly remodeled. After the end of World War II, Sleepy Hollow started seeing an increase in the number of people who lived there permanently.
Ichabod’s used to be a cafe and tavern in Sleepy Hollow, but it was later converted into a store and petrol station and is now known as Canyon Market. There was also a grocery store in the extreme eastern end of the village that was developed in the future. Other significant historical elements include the former community church, which is currently used as a private residence, as well as the volunteer fire house and community center, both of which have since been replaced by more contemporary community centers erected in the early 2000s.
Along with the state highway, Sleepy Hollow is traversed by a natural stream that goes by the name of Carbon Creek or Carbon Canyon Creek. There were hot springs located on the bank of the creek, just next to where the state highway meets the north end of the canyon.
Sleepy Hollow is a canyon town, and as such, it has been threatened on multiple occasions by catastrophic fires. These fires, which have occurred in 1929, 1958, and 1990, all resulted in the destruction of homes in the area. In November of 2008, the large Freeway Complex Fire burnt to the very outskirts of the neighborhood, forcing the evacuation of nearly all of its people for three days. Incredibly, though, no homes were destroyed in the process of the fire’s spread. In order to better serve Sleepy Hollow and the other communities located inside the Canyon, the City of Chino Hills has built an emergency access and evacuation system.
About 130 homes and between 300 and 400 people call Sleepy Hollow their home at this point. Although there has been significant growth to the east since the late 1980s, which has led to a significant rise in the amount of commuter traffic on Carbon Canyon Road, the area has managed to keep a rural atmosphere that belies the fact that it is surrounded by suburbanization.
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