Old Town Temecula Candlelight Walking Tours

Old Town Temecula Candlelight Walking Tours Join your Old West guide on a 90 minute walk. You will visit the oldest spots in Historic Old Town Temecula while hearing local history blended with tales of legends and hauntings."Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story."
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As a reference the City of Temecula was incorporated on December 1, 1989.  The population at the time was 27,099.
02/09/2020
Southwest County Jan/Feb 1990

As a reference the City of Temecula was incorporated on December 1, 1989. The population at the time was 27,099.

Now that I’m retired — at least for the time being — I’ve been going through older files on my computer and recently discovered a few I think worth sharing. For most of the …

The Merc — a pretty special pile of bricks
02/09/2020
The Merc — a pretty special pile of bricks

The Merc — a pretty special pile of bricks

  This week I read a story on a local newspaper’s website about the Temecula Mercantile, built in the 1890s and one of the few genuine historic buildings in Temecula’s Old Town. Wr…

TEMECULA VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETINGCome to the first presentation of the year at 6 pm on January 27 to hear Jeffe...
01/22/2020

TEMECULA VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING

Come to the first presentation of the year at 6 pm on January 27 to hear Jeffery Harmon speak about Juan Murrieta's remarkable life and legacy. The monthly meeting is held at the Little Temecula History Center next to Kohl's on Temecula Parkway.

01/22/2020
01/22/2020
01/03/2020
KTLA 5 News

KTLA 5 News

The Horsewomen of Temecula Wine Country made a showing at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day.

You can watch KTLA's full Rose Parade coverage here, including a replay: http://on.ktla.com/CNPea

Old Town Temecula Candlelight Walking Tours
01/02/2020

Old Town Temecula Candlelight Walking Tours

12/24/2019
Vail Headquarters
12/19/2019

Vail Headquarters

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Thank you Matthew Burlile for capturing the magic at Vail Headquarters this time of year🎄✨

Here's what's on the schedule this weekend:

SATURDAY December 21st, 3pm to 8pm, Ramble On at the Ranch Holiday Car Show:
A classic car show featuring pre-1980 customs, low riders, hot rods and bikes. A Family friendly show with:

🎄100+ classic cars and bikes
🎄Live music
🎄Food & brews
🎄Vendor booths

SUNDAY December 22nd, 1pm to 6pm, Small Business Holiday Bazaar:
A Holiday shopping event with:

🎄30+ Local Vendors
🎄Hot Chocolate Bar for adults (kids options available)
🎄Gift Wrapping Station
🎄Paint Time activity and Train rides for kids

Old Town Temecula Candlelight Walking Tours
12/07/2019

Old Town Temecula Candlelight Walking Tours

12/07/2019
Japanese Planes Bomb Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Explodes & Sinks

The original "9-11". Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Because the bombing of Pearl Harbor was a surprise, there is very little American footage of the attack itself. This film captures about three minutes of the attack--an explosion aboard the USS Arizona--and its aftermath.

Creator(s): Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center. (12/1/1959 - ca. 1998) (Most Recent) Series: Moving Images Relating to ...

Temecula facts from the year 2014.
12/04/2019

Temecula facts from the year 2014.

It's the end of the era for the Temecula Fruit Market in Old Town but you can find Connie and Becky at the Tuesday Farme...
12/04/2019

It's the end of the era for the Temecula Fruit Market in Old Town but you can find Connie and Becky at the Tuesday Farmers Market at Vail HQ.

12/03/2019
Temecula - An Origin Story

Temecula - An Origin Story

As the City of Temecula celebrated 30 years on December 1, 2019 we documented the story of Temecula from the 1960's when the land was first purchased, to Bal...

So sad, another part of Old Temecula gone.  Those of us who were here 30+ years ago remember when the market was on Hwy ...
12/01/2019
Old Town Temecula fruit market to shutter after half-century in area

So sad, another part of Old Temecula gone. Those of us who were here 30+ years ago remember when the market was on Hwy 79 South at the bend in the road where In-N-Out is now.

Owners cite rising rent, increasing competition from online businesses and a lack of parking

Meanwhile at Vail Headquarters.Us Versus Them and Vail Headquarters present: Ramble On at the Ranch – HOLIDAY EDITION!A ...
11/30/2019

Meanwhile at Vail Headquarters.

Us Versus Them and Vail Headquarters present: Ramble On at the Ranch – HOLIDAY EDITION!
A classic car show featuring pre-1980 customs, low riders, hot rods and bikes.

Family friendly show with:
🎄100+ classic cars and bikes
🎄Live music
🎄Food & brews
🎄Vendor booths
🎄 free photo ops and crafts for the lil ones
🎄TOY DRIVE and raffle with awesome prizes!

3 to 8pm on Saturday, December 21st at Vail HQ.

Get out those ice skates, jackets and mittens!
11/30/2019

Get out those ice skates, jackets and mittens!

This is a long and fun tradition for the whole family to enjoy.
11/30/2019

This is a long and fun tradition for the whole family to enjoy.

Need to get out of the house with young children?  Check out the Touch History area at the Temecula Valley Museum.
11/30/2019

Need to get out of the house with young children? Check out the Touch History area at the Temecula Valley Museum.

11/25/2019
11/25/2019
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11/14/2019

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Happy birthday to the most famous highway in the world, Route 66! The Mother Road opened 93 years ago. It stretched for more than 2,400 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles, crossing N. Arizona and changed forever how Americans traveled. Route 66 would go on to be immortalized in novel, movie, television and song—a pop culture legend that symbolized freedom and sense of adventure. It connected us as a nation and became known as the “Main Street of America.” Sadly, with the rise of interstate system, the old road became a relic. US 66 was decommissioned in 1985. America no longer had a Main Street. But you can’t suppress a sense of adventure. The old highway is back, now known as Historic Route 66, and is more beloved than ever. And it was a handful of folks from Seligman, Arizona leading the charge to reinstate the Mother Road. Today, it still offers the sweet taste of freedom. A road trip on 66 is a chance to dip into the past and rediscover a bygone era when life was less complicated, less stressful, and full of flavor. Put your wheels on that sliver of pavement and aim for the horizon sometime soon. It’s a journey you’ll never forget. Photo by Instagrammer @the_kentish_traveller

11/03/2019
Old Town Temecula Gunfighters
10/26/2019
Old Town Temecula Gunfighters

Old Town Temecula Gunfighters

Experience the Old West with the Old Town Temecula Gunfighters with family friendly shows featuring:

- Gun Safety
- Authentic 1880s Costumes
- A Whimsical Cast of Characters
- Shootouts
- Law Dogs
- Outlaws
- and Ladies

Restoring Law & Order to the Old West this Saturday, October 26th at High Noon and 2pm!

Tonight's tour is cancelled.  Thank you.
10/24/2019

Tonight's tour is cancelled. Thank you.

TEMECULA VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETINGIn a departure from their usual presentations, Great Oak Press is bringing Gre...
10/24/2019

TEMECULA VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING

In a departure from their usual presentations, Great Oak Press is bringing Gregory Cumming on Monday, Oct. 28 at 6 pm at the Little Temecula History Center. As a co-author of the recently released book "The Symbionese Liberation Army and Patricia Hearst Queen of the Revolution" he will share from intensive research on the subject and will answer the question of whether Hearst was a victim or a willing participant. Copies of the book will be availble at a discounted price of $15. @SLAANDPATRICIAHEARST

10/24/2019
10/24/2019
At Vail Headquarters.
10/19/2019

At Vail Headquarters.

Vail Headquarters Certified Farmers Market
10/17/2019

Vail Headquarters Certified Farmers Market

Vail Headquarters. Step back in time & enjoy a relaxing day outdoors with us at this beautiful historic site. Local farmers , local artists, delicious food and family friendly .
See you Tuesday !

Such a great time with these fun ladies during last night's tour at Vail Headquarters.
10/16/2019

Such a great time with these fun ladies during last night's tour at Vail Headquarters.

10/16/2019
Temecula Carriage Company
10/13/2019

Temecula Carriage Company

“Daredevil” is the name of the headless horseman’s horse! He is fast and sneaks up on you in the dark of night at Vail Headquarters! Listen for the thundering hooves and watch your head!

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Old Town Temecula
Temecula, CA
92590

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Hi Temecula history friends, Thought this was VERY cool, not too surprising, but I had no idea! Temecula and Santa Rosa is covered in thick ancient volcanic basalt. MANY years ago, the region had lava flow and in certain areas, the volcanic rock is visible. See article below: “The Murrieta hogbacks are apparently related. The Murrieta hogbacks are the conspicuous ridge east of I-215, south of Los Alamos Road, and north of Murrieta Hot Springs Road. There are houses on top, and a road goes up there from Los Alamos. They also have a similar basalt on top. Farther east, some of the hills at the west end of Vail lake are also volcanic. To find the Vail Lake site, drive toward the dam along the flood channel of Temecula Creek. In times of low water this is not too hard. Once you work back toward the dam, you can see the basalt, the basalt ridge, and the putative cinder cone. There is a ridge near the dam that ends in what looks for all the world like a cinder cone. The soil is a very similar clay, and supports Chocolate lilies and other clay soil plants. Again, the basalt appears very similar. The county geologist (Steve Kupferman) told me that someone published a paper a few years ago that tied all of this together.”
There was one question I wanted to ask him and now that will never happen. So sad, rest in peace Bob.
Where are all the cars and people? Oh that's right . . . it is 1951.