Do you enjoy driving around small towns and just taking photos of things you like?
I do and this is the small town of Hemet California where I work.
Hemet is a city in the San Jacinto Valley in Riverside County, California.
It is 27 miles, about half of the valley. It shares the valley with the town of San Jacinto.
The first inhabitants that we know of were the Cahuilla Indian Tribe.
In the early 1800's, it became a cattle ranch for the Mission San Luis Rey and was called Rancho San Jacinto.
When the missions were broken up by the Mexican government, the land was awarded to Jose Antonio Estudillo in 1842.
The cities initial growth came from to ironic events and the dedication of two wealthy men. The first event was the visit from author Helen Hunt Jackson made to the valley in 1883 in order to gather material on the Sobobas, a group of Mission Indieans living on the east side of the San Jacinto River.
She brought along a interpreter, Abbot Kinney.
During their visit, Jackson and Kinney stayed at various ranches and met Charles Thomas and Hancock McClung Johnston who owned ranches in the mountains. They raised race horses.