Temecula’s first post office is the oldest building in Old Town

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The Machado post office, which was built in 1884 and is the oldest known building in Old Town Temecula, is shown as it was in early 1950s. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Rebecca Marshall Farnbach Special to Valley News When visitors stroll through Old Town Temecula, they step into the past, thanks to the visionary efforts of Bob Morris and Tommy Hotchkiss who decided in the late 1970s to make the area distinctively reminiscent of the 1890s. Today, it is sometimes difficult to discern which buildings are old and which merely look old because they are fabricated from old building materials. I’ve combed through many records and photographs and have identified the oldest building, one that doesn’t even register with most people as an old building, but I believe it is still standing from 1884. It appears that th
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