Temecula Breaks Ground for 20-Ton Historical Monument

As reported in the Rancho California News – September 1969

Temecula, the oldest community in California still known by its original name, has a unique new monument honoring its first visitors and inhabitants which sets the town apart as one of the state’s most historic spots.

Ground breaking ceremonies for the monument took place at 1 p.m., Aug. 14, on the grounds of Temecula’s old school house just west of Front St. near the entrance to Rancho California.

The monument, when completed, will have a base 20 ft. square and approximatley three ft. high constructed of granite blocks taken from historic Temecula quarries.

On the base will stand a 20-ton boulder towering more than nine feet in the air. On the face of the boulder will be carved names of early explorers who passed through Temecula, Indian chiefs’ names, and name of pioneers who settled in the valley.

Guest speaker at the ceremony was Tom Patterson who is with the Riverside County Historical Society and a reporter for the Riverside Press Enterprise. He talked about Temecula and her glamorous past.

The project is sponsored by the Temecula Chamber of Commerce with Howard Raish as president and Sam Hicks as chairman of the Historical Committee.

Published in: on August 24, 2011 at 7:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Town Square Fountain

The new Town Square Plaza’s most prominent feature is the large mosaic tile fountain in the design of a Luiseno grass-woven basket. Water flows into the fountain from either side, one side representing the Temecula Creek and the other side representing the Murrieta Creek.

The mosaic tile design of the basket is based on a belief depicting the net used to cast the sun into the sky.

In the center of the fountain is a bronze sculpture of acorns. Acorns were a staple food of the Temecula Valley inhabitants. The acorns were hulled and ground into a meal that was put through a leaching process to remove the tannic acid. The end result was called WEEWISH.

Published in: on January 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm  Comments Off on Town Square Fountain  

Old Town Temecula in 2010

2010 is shaping up to be a great year for Old Town Temecula.  There are several projects slated for completion with the top one on the list being The Old Town Temecula Civic Center.  The new Civic Center will include our City Hall, retail shops, and a 400+ car parking structure.  For more information on the new city hall and the status of its construction:


Published in: on January 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment