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Louis Wolf's Daybook from the Warner Store in 1867

We can learn a lot from reviewing the records kept at a nearby general store 155 years ago. In 1867, Louis Wolf was postmaster in Warner Springs and a partner with Thomas Brady in a... — Updated 4/16/2022 Full story

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Temecula's Post Office locations, 1 through 7

John Magee's general store on the Southern Emigrant Trail, also known as the Butterfield Trail, was the location of our first Temecula Post Office in 1859. It was south of the... — Updated 6/2/2021

Bob Morris

Bob Morris: Architect of the Old Town Temecula Vibe

In the 1970s, Old Town Temecula was a rundown, has-been of a town bypassed by Interstate 15. It had started as "the new town of Temecula" in 1882 when the California Southern... — Updated 5/5/2021

Helene Seay with Millie Conarroe and Jean Bethell

The house on Pala Road

The house for sale on Pala Road just south of Whispering Oaks Terrace is not the former home of Erle Stanley Gardner, but it was the home of at least two notable residents. Gardner... — Updated 4/14/2021


Erle Stanley Gardner's residence in Temecula

Temecula's famous author of the Perry Mason series, Erle Stanley Gardner, was affectionately called "Uncle Erle" by his secretaries and younger friends. Gardner lived on a big... — Updated 4/7/2021

Guests arriving in 1914.

Murrieta Hot Springs beckons visitors to relax

From time immemorial, the Murrieta Hot Springs resort has beckoned visitors to its mineral-rich waters for recreation, relaxation, rejuvenation and reflection. Some of the world's l... — Updated 3/24/2021

avocados and beef sausage

Vail Ranch meals included beef, beans, avocados and sausage

It is no surprise that The Vail Cattle Company served beef to their cowboys. Every cookhouse meal featured platters of steak, beans and tortillas with full-bodied coffee and pie on... — Updated 3/17/2021

Horace, Augusta and Leverne Parker

The friendship of Parkie and Aunt Bessie grows

In April 1879, a weary doctor delivered Ysabel Grace Gonzalez, the first non-Native female born in Temecula. Her new life and the blossoming of spring infused him with much needed... — Updated 3/10/2021


A salute to Black pioneers

There were four pioneers whose remarkable stories should not be forgotten: James Hamilton, Albert and Margaret Robinson, and Nate Harrison. They settled in Anza, Julian, and on... — Updated 3/1/2021


Bees and beasts in Temecula Valley, circa 1910-1945

Ranches dominated almost all of the Temecula Valley in 1910. The Vail Ranch owned 87,500-acres spreading from south of today's Temecula Parkway to Clinton Keith Road, west to U.S.... — Updated 2/17/2021


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