Discover mammoths and mastodons in Hemet!
Last updated 5/3/2007 at Noon
Thanks to a major excavation we are now able to learn more about the creatures that roamed our area during the Ice Age. About 230,000 years ago the inland valley area was covered with lush vegetation. It is hard to imagine now when sagebrush seems to be the prominent décor of the landscape.
In 1995 the Metropolitan Water District had just begun construction on the 4,500-surface-acre Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet when the remains of the animals were discovered. Four and a half miles long and two miles wide, it is the largest human-formed freshwater lake in Southern California. Because the e...