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The Little Temecula History Center

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Stop by the Little Temecula History Center and help us honor and celebrate Temecula's rich history.

 We are located adjacent to the original Vail Ranch buildings. The History Center is filled with numerous artifacts that speak to the history of this remarkable area.  View, read about and touch the treasures in this unique setting and learn about the development and expansion of this history rich area.

 Climb aboard a replica of Butterfield Stagecoach that ran through the Temecula Valley from 1858 until 1861, pausing at an adobe stage stop. Crank a mechanical bellows on a blacksmith’s forge that was used to heat and shape horseshoes on the Vail Ranch from 1905 until the ranch was sold to developers in 1964. See how an antique rope making device can turn twine into small rope for daily use on the Ranch. Explore the construction of an authentically restored chuck wagon and learn how “Cookie” fed the dozens of cowboys on the sprawling, 87,500 acre Vail Ranch that was home to thousands of head of cattle!