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The city of Lake Elsinore is home to Southern California’s only natural lake. Since the 1800s, the lake has provided respite and recreation, beginning as a campsite for early pioneer travelers and later evolving into a world-class playground for the rich and famous. In 1951, Lake Elsinore’s popularity suffered when the lake dried up, causing many of the recreational activities to move away. Today the lake is maintained at an ideal 1,240 feet above sea level and filled with weekend watercraft and fishermen, while families picnic nearby and the city enjoys a major growth in population and businesses.
About the Author
The Lake Elsinore Historical Society was established in 1995 to collect, protect, preserve, display, and promote the interest of history in the community. This book is a combination of glimpses into the past along with a brief history of the area originally known as Laguna Grande, the home of the Etengvo Wumoma Indians.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments 6
Early Days in Elsinore 11
Transportation and Agriculture 43
Aimee Semple McPherson 59
Schools and More 65
Hotels of Elsinore 79
Recreation through the Years 95
Image Credits 126