Old gold mines surround the hills of Menifee Valley

Local historian Paul J. Price is scheduled to share information about the area’s gold mines at upcoming Menifee Valley Historical Association meeting, Nov. 18 at the Antelope-Menifee Rural Center. Courtesy photo

Most residents of Menifee know that the city’s namesake is a gold miner, Luther Menifee Wilson, who used his middle name when he filed his claim at the patent office in San Diego County in 1880. His mining district and the many other mines and mining districts in the area will be the subject of the next information program hosted by the Menifee Valley Historical Association 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Antelope-Menifee Rural Center, located on Haun Road just north of Garbani Road.

The free program will feature guest speaker Paul J. Price, a local historian known for his expertise on mining and Native American history in the Menifee Valley.

The attendance at historical association meetings has been increasing at the Saturday morning programs, held every other month at the Rural Center. In September, over 60 guests filled the room for a slide presentation depicting the life of the Kittilson-Brown family, who homesteaded land on the north side of Scott road. MVHA Vice President Bill Zimmerman researched the family and prepared the photo presentation. Historians provided firsthand memories and information during the slide show. In attendance were Menifee Union School Board members Bob O’Donnell and Jerry Bowman and Menifee Parks and Trails Commissioner Tom Giedroyce.

“Anyone with an interest in Menifee’s earliest times will enjoy Paul’s program. He is always interesting and informative,” Zimmerman said.

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