As the county grew, this court house became inadequate, and the supervisors submitted a proposition to vote bonds to the amount of $125,000 for building a County Jail and rebuilding the County Court House. The amount of the bonds and site chosen met with strong opposition and the supervisors then proposed a bond issue of $75,000, for erection of a Hall of Records. This, too, was voted down, whereupon the officials levied a tax of $40,000 and completed the Hall of Records in 1891. It was opposition to this plan that started the talk in regard to a possible change of county seat and of division of the county into San Bernardino and Riverside.1
The board of supervisors, consisting of William H. Randall, J. N. Victor, J. C. Turner, and I. W. Lord, took the drastic action of levying direct taxes and letting out bids for a new Court House, after bond propositions were twice voted down. In 1892, the second building on the corner of Court and E Streets, of Colton marble and Sespe sandstone, was completed. It was erected in front of the "old" Court House. It served the County until 1927, when the present Court House was erected, where Court Street intersects Arrowhead Avenue.
E Street looking east. looking east.
1 Brown and Boyd, op. cit., p. 60.