Temecula - One of the Most Historic Communities in Southern California
Temecula, established in 1859, is one of the most historic communities in Southern California. From Indian village to mission outpost, from Mexican rancho to crossroads settlement, from railroad town to modern city, the story of Temecula is rich and varied.
The name Temecula comes from the Luiseño Indian word "Temecunga" - "temet" meaning "sun" and "-ngna" which means "place of". The Spanish interpreted and spelled the word as "Temecula" translated to mean "Where the sun breaks through the mist". Temecula is the only city in California to still retain its original Indian name.
The hillsides of Temecula were the home of Temecula Indians, the first residents of the area. Ancestors of Temecula Indians were here as early as 900 A.D. The Luiseno Indians still inhabited Temecula in the 1700's when the first Spanish padres arrived.
Today's Old Town Temecula reflects the juxtaposition of old and new in the upscale dining, retail and entertainment options now available. The revitalization of Old Town includes new development and a state-of-the-art new Civic Center scheduled to open in early fall of 2010.