About Menifee History

The area was originally inhabited by the Luiseno and Pechanga Indian tribes, and in the 1700s, the area fell under the rule of the Spanish empire.  The area was eventually annexed into the United States from Mexico in 1850 under California’s statehood.

Farming activity beginning in the mid-1800s was concentrated in the Menifee area.  Mining activity began in the early 1880s with the discovery of a significant quartz lode by miner Luther Menifee Wilson.  Menifee derived its name from that mining operation.

Menifee continued to thrive, and in the early 1960s, Del Webb, a major building contractor from Phoenix, Arizona, developed the active retirement community of Sun City, centrally located within the City of Menifee with a mix of residential and commercial activity.

In 1989, the master-planned community of Menifee Lakes contributed to The City of Menifee being one of the fastest growing communities in California.

In 2008 the residents of the communities encompassing the City of Menifee voted to incorporate Menifee into Riverside County’s twenty-sixth city.  The new City of Menifee, CA was officially established on October 1, 2008.

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