San Jacinto is a city in Riverside County, California. Take a look below for 15 amazing and interesting facts about San Jacinto, California, United States.
1. It is located at the north end of the San Jacinto Valley, with Hemet to its south and Beaumont, California, to its north.
2. The mountains associated with the valley are the San Jacinto Mountains.
3. The population was 44,199 at the 2010 census.
4. The city was founded in 1870 and incorporated on April 20, 1888, making it one of the oldest cities in Riverside County.
5. The city is home to Mt. San Jacinto College, a community college founded in 1965.
6. San Jacinto will also be home to the eastern end of the Mid County Parkway, a planned route that would eventually connect it to the city of Perris. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, the city became a home to many dairies, and a center for agriculture.
7. San Jacinto also is home to the Soboba Casino, a gaming casino owned and operated by the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. The Sobobas are sovereign and self-sufficient in community affairs. They operate an Indian tribal school, the Noli Academy.
8. The Luiseño were the original inhabitants of what later would be called the San Jacinto Valley, having many villages with residents. In their own language, these people called themselves Payomkowishum (also spelled “Payomkawichum”), meaning People of the West.
9. They are a Native American people who at the time of the first contacts with the Spanish in the sixteenth century, inhabited the coastal area of southern California, ranging fifty miles from what now is the southern part of Los Angeles County, California to the northern part of contemporary San Diego County, California, and their settlements extended inland for thirty miles.
10. The tribe was named Luiseño by the Spanish due to their proximity to the Mission San Luís Rey de Francia (“The Mission of Saint Louis King of France,” known as the “King of the Missions”), which was founded on June 13, 1798, by Father Fermín Francisco de Lasuén, in what was the First Military District in what now is Oceanside, California, in northern San Diego County.
11. The Anza Trail, one of the first European overland routes to California, named after Juan Bautista de Anza, crossed the valley in the 1770s. Mission padres named the valley, San Jacinto, which is Spanish for Saint Hyacinth, and around 1820 they established an outpost there.
12. In 1842 José Antonio Estudillo received the Rancho San Jacinto Viejo Mexican land grant. In the 1860s, the Estudillo family began selling off portions of their rancho and through acquisitions, a small American community began to form. In 1868, local residents petitioned to form a school district and by 1870 a store and post office had been established. With these establishments, 1870 is considered the founding date of San Jacinto.
13. A plan for the community was developed in 1883 and a city government for it was incorporated on April 20, 1888, within San Diego County. San Jacinto is one of the oldest American cities in the region. In May 1893, Riverside County was created by the division of northern San Diego County and part of what now is San Bernardino County, changing the county government over San Jacinto as the new county was created.
14. In 1883, the San Jacinto Land Association laid out the modern city of San Jacinto at Five Points. The railroad arrived in 1888 and the city government was incorporated that same year.
15. The local economy was built on agriculture for many years and the city also received a boost from the many tourists who visited the nearby hot springs. The city, and its residents, helped to start the Ramona Pageant (California’s official State Outdoor Play), in 1923, and have supported the historic production ever since.