THEN & NOW. GUNSMOKE
The TV Western 'Gunsmoke' ran for 20 years from 1955 till 1975 with some 635 episodes. It remains to this day the longest-running, prime time, live-action series of the 20th century. Below is a picture of the set during filming and again as it appears today.
Now you are probably asking yourself what does this post have to do with Temecula? Many of the episodes took place inside a well know establishment located in Dodge City run by the lovely Miss Kitty. What was the name of this establishment? It was the Long Branch Saloon, yes, the same name as the one located in the heart of Old Town Temecula back in the day. Coincidence? I think not. A picture of our Long Branch Saloon is in the comments.