The iconic Palomar Inn

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The Palomar Hotel with its distinctive Thunderbird totem in the 1980s.
Rebecca Marshall Farnbach Special to Valley NewsThe Palomar Inn looks like it did about 100 years ago. It was referred to as the first modern hotel in Temecula, because it had electricity and indoor restrooms when it was built. There are 10 rooms, two with private bathrooms and kitchens. Eight rooms share the two central bathroom facilities separated for men and women. Original doors and floors are found throughout the structure in a salute to the past.Surprisingly, several enterprising female entrepreneurs played significant roles in the Inn’s history during a time when few women owned property. Lena McCullough purchased the hotel lot from Joe Winkels in 1927 and she built Hotel McCullough the following year. In the 1930s Lena rented one of the storefront rooms to Clara Smith t
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