Discover the History of Old Town Temecula

Local authors release new book featuring stunning collection of vintage images
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Oct. 1, 2012 - PRLog -- New to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Old Town Temecula by local authors by Loretta Barnett, Rebecca Farnbach and Jeffery Harmon for the Vail Ranch Restoration Association.  This pictorial history boasts more than 200 vintage images and provides readers with a unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that shaped their community.

The original inhabitants called Temecula the place of origins, “the place of sand and sun.” From the beginnings of the Native American village to the introduction of the railroad that made it into a Western town in 1882, Old Town Temecula captivates visitors and residents with its rustic charm.

Cattlemen and cowboys frequented the saloons and Hollywood’s elite found liquor flowing during Prohibition in Old Town establishments where legendary stories of high times and crimes are retold today. After World War II, Old Town was at a crossroads and residents and travelers dined in roadside cafés along historic Highway 395.

In 1977, after nearly losing its Old West flair, several visionary businessmen decided to promote Old Town Temecula’s historic past by recreating a 1890s Western architectural motif for Old Town. Now a tourist destination for antiquing, dining, and viewing vintage cars, Old Town has something of interest for everyone.

Highlights of Old Town Temecula include:
•   Presents photos relating to past crimes and criminals of Old Town that have not been accessed previously
•   Explains the origins of the architectural motif of Old Town
•   Reveals what is fact vs. fiction of local lore

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town? Visit
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