About Murrieta History

In 1882, the Southern California Railroad laid tracks linking the Murrieta valley to its southern transcontinental route.  By 1890, Murrieta, CA had experienced its first boom, the population reaching 800, which was big for those days.

The nearby natural springs brought international renown to the community as the Murrieta Hot Springs Resort flourished during the first half of the 1900s.

In 1935, the trains stopped running and Murrieta’s boom turned to bust.  The calm lasted for 50 years until a new community sprouted almost overnight and began a period of phenomenal growth.  Extending Interstate 15 through the valley was the impetus for building what was at that time, extremely affordable housing.

When Murrieta, CA officially became a city on July 1, 1991, it was already home to more than 24,000 residents.  This was a dramatic increase comparing it to the 2,200 people that were estimated to have been living in Murrieta in 1980.  By 2005, more than 85,000 people had moved to the community, making it one of the five largest cities in Riverside County.

The natural scenic beauty of the area, and what is still by California standards reasonably priced housing, continues to attract significant numbers of residents and businesses who are finding Murrieta, CA as a great place to grow.

Distinguished schools, abundant recreation, excellent medical facilities, expanding employment opportunities, and one of the lowest crime rates in Southern California all help make Murrieta a great community.  A community with a past, and a vision for its future.

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