Coming to Temecula in 1908

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Welty family are seen standing outside at their hotel, which is now Hotel Temecula in Old Town Temecula. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Rebecca Marshall Farnbach Special to Valley News To reach Temecula from a distance in the early days of the 20th century, people would travel by train. Other options included coming by stagecoach, which had evolved into large horse-drawn wagons with rows of seats. Local folks would venture into town on horseback, with horse and wagon or with horse and buggy. Train cars were not ornate, the seats were hard and temperatures were controlled by opening or closing windows. A rider was fortunate if his seatmates did not chew and spit tobacco. A rider could disembark at the Temecula station, across the Main Street Bridge, in the middle of where modern-day Old Town Temecula is today. The engine was driven onto a turntable, a large circular plate in the ground, and disconnected from the
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