Place:Hemet, Riverside, California, United States

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NameHemet
TypeCity
Coordinates33.742°N 116.983°W
Located inRiverside, California, United States
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Hemet is a city in the San Jacinto Valley in Riverside County, California. It covers a total area of , about half of the valley, which it shares with the neighboring city of San Jacinto. The population was 78,657 at the 2010 census.

The founding of Hemet predates the formation of Riverside County. The formation of Lake Hemet helped the city to grow and stimulated agriculture in the area. The city is known for being the home of The Ramona Pageant, California's official outdoor play. Started in 1923, the play is one of the longest running outdoor plays in the United States. Hemet has been named a Tree City USA for 20 years by the Arbor Day Foundation for its dedication to the local forest. The city is home to the Hemet Valley Medical Center, a 320-bed general hospital.

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History

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Early

The Cahuilla tribe were the initial inhabitants of the Hemet area. The tribe was moved to the Indian reservation near San Jacinto. During the early 19th century, the land was used for cattle ranching by Mission San Luis Rey, which named the area Rancho San Jacinto. In 1842 José Antonio Estudillo received the Rancho San Jacinto Viejo Mexican land grant.

In 1887, during the first major Southern California land boom, W.F. Whittier and E.L. Mayberry founded the Lake Hemet Water Company, the Hemet Land Company, and the city of Hemet. In 1895, the Hemet Dam was completed on the San Jacinto River, creating Lake Hemet and providing a reliable water supply to the San Jacinto Valley. This water system was a major contribution to the valley's development as an agricultural area.

By 1894, the area had a newspaper, the Hemet News, and "several general stores," the largest being Heffelfinger & Co, which occupied an entire block. There were "a drug store, an excellent barber shop, two blacksmith shops, harness shop, shoe repairing houses, two real estate offices and two lumber yards." "The most pretentious building" was the two-story Hotel Mayberry, "supplied with all the modern conveniences usually found in first-class hostelries, including stationary water, baths, etc., and a complete electric light system, the power for which is furnished by the company's private plant."

Another important institution is the Hemet flouring mills, John McCool, proprietor. The mill, which is the only one in this section, occupies a fine brick building and has a capacity of 50 barrels of flour per day. The plant cost $20,000.[1]

City of Hemet

The City of Hemet was incorporated in January 1910. Out of 177 residents, 130 voted to incorporate, with 33 votes against. Those who voted against incorporation were landowners who feared increased taxation. The incorporation helped to serve the growing city, which was outgrowing its current infrastructure. Served by a railroad spur from Riverside, the city became a trading center for the San Jacinto Valley's agriculture, which included citrus, apricots, peaches, olives and walnuts. The city has long hosted the Agricultural District Farmer's Fair of Riverside County, which began in 1936 as the Hemet Turkey Show, now located in Perris. During World War II, the city hosted the Ryan School of Aeronautics, which trained about 6,000 fliers for the Army Air Force between 1940 and 1944. Hemet-Ryan Airport exists today at the site of the flight school. In 1950, Hemet was home to 10,000 people, joining Corona and Riverside as the three largest cities in Riverside County.

Hemet was once a sundown town where African Americans were not allowed to live or stay overnight.

In the 1960s, large-scale residential development began, mostly in the form of mobile home parks and retirement communities, giving Hemet a reputation as a working-class retirement area. In the 1980s, subdivisions of single-family homes began to sprout up from former ranchland, with "big-box" retail following. After a roughly decade-long lull in development following the major economic downturn of the early 1990s, housing starts in the city skyrocketed in the early 21st century. The area's affordability, its proximity to employment centers such as Corona, Riverside and San Bernardino, and its relatively rural character made it an attractive location for working-class families priced out of other areas of Southern California.


Timeline

From the Hemet Library Heritage Room History Collection:

  • 1850: California becomes state
  • 1858: Hemet established as a farm settlement
  • 1887: Lake Hemet Water Company & Hemet Land Company formed
  • 1888: Rail service from Perris to the San Jacinto Valley
  • 1892: Post office established
  • 1893: Riverside County formed from San Diego & San Bernardino Counties
  • 1893: First elementary school built on North Alessandro Street
  • 1894: First high school built at Buena Vista and Acacia
  • 1895: Lake Hemet Dam completed
  • 1899: Earthquake (estimated magnitude ~6.5) destroyed most brick buildings in downtown
  • 1910: City of Hemet incorporated
  • 1914: Santa Fe depot opened at present site
  • 1918: The 6.7 Mw San Jacinto earthquake caused significant structural damage and ground failure.
  • 1921: Opening of the Hemet Theater
  • 1923: First performance of the Ramona Pageant
  • 1940: Ryan School of Aeronautics opened
  • 1943: Hemet Community Hospital opened
  • 1950: Eastern Municipal Water District created
  • 1959: Hemet Police Department built
  • 1966: Hemet Unified School District formed from several existing districts
  • 1970: More than 10,000 residents for the first time
  • 1972: New Hemet high school opened
  • 1974: Kushimoto, Japan became first sister city.
  • 1983: Ebeltoft, Denmark became second sister city.
  • 1987: Depot abandoned by Santa Fe railroad—offered to sell to City of Hemet
  • 1987: Bácum, Mexico became third sister city
  • 1988: Save Our Station (S.O.S.) purchased Santa Fe Depot
  • 1989: Marumori, Japan became fourth sister city.
  • 1991: Domenigoni and Diamond Valleys named sites for M.W.D. reservoir
  • 1995: Metropolitan Water District started 800,000 ac·ft reservoir
  • 1996: Domenigoni Parkway opened
  • 1998: Hemet Museum opened in Santa Fe depot
  • 1999: M.W.D. Diamond Valley Lake completed
  • 2000: Diamond Valley Lake dedicated
  • 2003: Public library moved to East Latham Avenue
  • 2010: Centennial as an incorporated city

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