History in the Temecula Valley

Louis Wolf. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Rebecca Marshall FarnbachSpecial to Valley NewsWe see tract homes and shopping centers with names like Redhawk, Vail Ranch, and Wolf Valley that reveal layers of the nearly forgotten past.Long ago, mastodons and other prehistoric animals grazed in the lush fields of the verdant Temecula Valley. Remnants of their bones are displayed at the Western Science Center in Hemet. Native American people settled in our paradise with a temperate climate, abundant water, and ready food sources of game, nuts and seeds.Native people lived in family clusters throughout the Temecula Valley, hunting game and gathering the foodstuffs the valley richly supplied them. Willows growing along the riverbanks provided branches for building their kichas, small domed structures they slept in. They tra
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