Arnold Heights, California


Arnold Heights was an unincorporated community in Riverside County, California.[1] The location is at elevation of 1558 feet (475 m)[1] and 8 miles (12.9 km) southeast of Riverside.[2]

Arnold Heights
Arnold Heights is located in California
Arnold Heights
Arnold Heights
Location in California
Arnold Heights is located in the United States
Arnold Heights
Arnold Heights
Arnold Heights (the United States)
Coordinates: 33°53′37″N 117°16′44″W / 33.89361°N 117.27889°W / 33.89361; -117.27889Coordinates: 33°53′37″N 117°16′44″W / 33.89361°N 117.27889°W / 33.89361; -117.27889
CountryUnited States
CountyRiverside County
Elevation1,558 ft (475 m)

The community began in 1945 on land that used to be Camp Haan, that was developed into residences for personnel assigned to the March Air Force Base. It was named after Army General Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold.[2] The community was actually constructed in 1953.[3]

The typical home in Arnold Heights was about 1,000 square feet with a small carport. Front lawns were watered, back yards were desert.

There were approximately 588 single-story homes in the community, which was vacated in 1998 after March AFB was downsized to an Air Force Reserve Facility. In January 2004-August 2005, 35,000 Marines were trained in the vacated community, and called "Camp Matilda".[4][3] After being demolished, the land was slated for incorporation into Meridian Business Center.[3]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Arnold Heights, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1390. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ a b c Draft Vision 2030: March JPA General Plan, March Joint Powers Authority (March 2010 Draft)
  4. ^ Arnold Heights Demolition, CEQAnet (January 12, 2006), Retrieved 12 January 2021