The city of Hemet is the larger of the two cities that make up the San Jacinto Valley. Founded prior to the formation of Riverside County, the city has a rich and wonderful history.
The area was first inhabited by the Cahuilla Indian tribe. In the early 1800’s, it became a cattle ranch for Mission San Luis Rey and was called Rancho San Jacinto. Eventually the missions were broken up by the Mexican government and the land was awarded to Jose Antonio Estudillo in 1842. The formation of Lake Hemet, in the mountains above the city, helped the city grow and prosper as well as and stimulate agriculture in the area.
Hemet is known for…
being the home of The Ramona Pageant, California’s official outdoor play. Started in 1923, the play is one of the longest running outdoor plays in the United States. In addition, Hemet has been named a “Tree City USA” recipient for the last 20 years by the Arbor Day Foundation for its dedication to the local forest.
Visitors to Hemet and the San Jacinto Valley will enjoy all that the city has to offer from museums to an outdoor amphitheater to a variety of parks and wonderful weather throughout the winter months.
For more information regarding Hemet please visit the city website at http://www.cityofhemet.org/.