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Alessandro Hotel in Hemet, view 1
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Sadly, this hotel was removed in 1954 to make way for the new Security Pacific National Bank. The visible palm trees were planted 34 years earlier, in 1894, when the first hotel was erected.; 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.
View 1: Exterior view of the Alessandro Hotel, an adobe hotel located on the southwest corner of Harvard and Florida. In 1928 the Alessandro Hotel, labeled as "comfort in the desert", was built on the old foundation of the Hotel Hemet (previously known as the Mayberry Hotel). Photograph dated June 20, 1929.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Hemet-Hotels-Alessandro Hotel.; N-002-663.1 8x10
Alessandro Hotel (Hemet, Calif.)
Architecture--Southwest, New
Lost architecture--California--Hemet
Hemet (Calif.)

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