Ontario, California



Located just east of the Los Angeles County line — in the westernmost part of the Inland Empire — Ontario plays an enormous role in the day-to-day workings of the City of Angels.

In fact, the city’s largest employer — the LA/Ontario International Airport — is owned by the City of Los Angeles and serves as a major hub for freight, especially for UPS, the city’s second-largest employer, and FedEx.

Being that hub has led to a variety of manufacturing companies and warehouses to be built in the city, which also means that major freeways also surround the region.

The focus on transit also spills over into celebration, as the Ontario Rotary hosts a classic car show each year with the proceeds benefitting the town’s library.

But perhaps the coolest thing about Ontario is that it was home, for a brief while, to a young Frank Zappa, the late rock-and-roll Hall of Famer who confounded generations of parents with his unusual music and art. He also picked the names Dweezil, Moon Unit and Diva for his children.

He passed away in 1993 with an unending series of wonderful quotes, including, “Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.”

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