Bob Morris: Architect of the Old Town Temecula Vibe

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Bob Morris, who died in November 2018, is the designer of many of Old Town Temecula’s rustic charm, including the arches at the north and south ends of Old Town Front Street, the medallions at the corners of Main and Front streets, the former Butterfield Square and more. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Rebecca Marshall Farnbach Special to Valley News In the 1970s, Old Town Temecula was a rundown, has-been of a town bypassed by Interstate 15. It had started as “the new town of Temecula” in 1882 when the California Southern brought railroad tracks this way. It replaced the Temecula of old at today’s Vail Headquarters. The fledgling town grew as businesses developed and homes were built along Pujol and Mercedes streets. By 1885, the Temecula post office that had formerly been in the Wolf Store had a new location on Main Street. With the advent of motorized vehicles, the north to south thoroughfare called Front Street was paved in 1918 and became part of California state Highway 395. A motorist traveling between San Bernardino and San Diego could find restaurants, gasoline
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