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Panoramic view of Mt. San Jacinto, with blooming orange groves in the foreground. Note the snow on the peak of the mountain. 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 1800's, 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 2005, the city had a population of 66,455 according to the California Department of Finance. April 28, 1937.
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Mountains--California, Southern Orchards--California--Hemet Oranges--California--Hemet Roads--California--Hemet Snow--California--Hemet Riverside County (Calif.) Hemet (Calif.) Works Progress Administration Collection photographs