DescriptionSan Jacinto was incorporated in 1888 on land that once was part of Rancho San Jacinto Viejo, a Mexican land grant given to Jose Antonia Estudillo in 1842. The town's heritage includes Native American, Spanish and Mexican influences along with more recently introduced cultural traditions.
The San Jacinto Museum at 695 Ash St. recounts local history with exhibits donated by area residents. Visitors can see a scale model of the Russian ANT-25 airplane that flew nonstop from Moscow to San Jacinto via the North Pole in 1937, an aviation first. The museum also has Native American artifacts, historic documents, photos, period clothing and antiques.
Adjacent to the museum at 150 S. Dillon Ave. is the Estudillo Mansion, a renovated two-story brick home built in 1885 by Mexican Land Grant heir, Francisco Estudillo. Tours of the mansion are available. Phone (951) 654-4952 or (951) 255-5598 for the museum and mansion.
All occupy Francisco Estudillo Heritage Park, as does the Water Conservation Education Garden. The city's water-wise garden displays a mix of climate regions such as desert, inland chaparral, coastal and Mediterranean (or Southern Californian) areas in order to demonstrate the beauty and utility of drought-tolerant plants.