"Murrieta" Murrieta by Yaqui

Murrieta Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 20 photos

Like many beautiful west coast communities that dot all along the coast line, remain undiscovered by travelers looking to spend the day strolling the main street USA and taking in the history that still abounds here. California still has huge valleys with lush rolling hills of tall grass with big beautiful oak trees. Murrieta is blessed with having these wonderful natural attributes and graced with having a natural hot springs also. Although, the springs were a favorite of local Native Americans, the tall grassy lands became a favorite place for immigrants to raise cattle or sheep and to call this area home. Basque ranchers purchase vast valleys of land to herd their sheep and cattle.

In 1873, Juan Murrieta purchased 52,000 acres of land from his brother Esequial who returned to Spain to marry his love. In 1882, the railroad made its way through and people discovered what a delightful place this was to live in. Town sites started popping up all along the tracks and Murrieta was no exception. It flourished up till 1935, until the train stop running. It sat quietly for over 50 years, till the Interstate 15 rolled through and being discovered once again. This quiet little town’s secret is out with people discovering her every day and making this their new home. She is rich with history with lovely historical building that almost line Washington Ave....hmmm…not Main street?.....LOL!

I enjoyed what little time I had, but hope to return someday. Murrieta presently is working on revitalizing the historical value this town has in abundance. They are working on improving streets, buildings, and everyday Murrieta life. So, if you happen to come upon some street construction, be patient and enjoy what this lovely little town has to offer.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely quiet town!
  • Cons:Not much else too see other the beautiful historic homes.
  • In a nutshell:You have too see it at least once!
  • Last visit to Murrieta: Dec 2007
  • Intro Written Jul 28, 2008
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  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    The former, local Women’s Clubhouse, which is now the First Baptist Church, looks really beautiful just as beautiful as the community of Murrieta itself!

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2009 at 1:27 AM

    Dee, I was next door at Lake Elsinore and missed out on visiting Murrieta. Nice tips and photos. Larry

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2009 at 4:44 AM

    I would love seeing those historic houses and shop in the antique stores and what-not shops.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2008 at 7:04 AM

    I love the small historical towns along the west coast. Thanks for sharing the history of this one with us.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    What a fabulous introduction, Dee. Loved the history, the architecture, the Americana element of this darling community. Keep going to such places and spreading the news!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    looks really lovely. i love the american west coast too.


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