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Opera House, Hemet
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1911
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Hemet is a city in Riverside County that was founded in 1887 and incorporated on January 20, 1910 with 992 people. Members of the Cahuilla Indian tribe first inhabited the area. During the early 1800s, it became a cattle ranch for Mission San Luis Rey, which named the area Rancho San Jacinto. 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. Despite a severe drought in 1898-1900 and a major Christmas Day earthquake in 1899, the town of Hemet continued to prosper. Every year since 1923 one of the city's claims to fame has been "The Ramona Pageant", an outdoor play based on Helen Hunt Jackson's novel "Ramona". In 1950, Hemet was home to 10,000 people; as of January 2007, the city had a population of 70,288 according to the California Department of Finance.
Early view of a major street located in Hemet. Among the several buildings pictured, three have been identified as: the Opera House, Bank of Hemet, and Real Estate building. Horse-drawn carriages are parked along either side of the wide dirt road.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Hemet-Streets.; S-003-731 4x5
Horse-drawn vehicles--California--Hemet
Hemet (Calif.)

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