Fallbrook, California

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Fallbrook is an unincorporated community in northern San Diego County, California. The Fallbrook census-designated place (CDP) population was 29,100 at the 2000 census.

Fallbrook's downtown is not on any major highway route. It is 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Interstate 15 or 5 miles (8.0 km) north of State Route 76. Fallbrook is situated immediately east of the U.S. Marine Corps' Camp Pendleton. It once housed a stagecoach stop for the stage that ran from Temecula to San Diego.

Fallbrook is known for its avocado groves and claims the title "Avocado Capital of the World". It is often called or known as "The Friendly Village". The Avocado Festival is held in the downtown strip annually and frequently draws large crowds.

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History

The community of Fallbrook began in the area known today as Live Oak County Park. The first permanent recorded settlement was in 1869, when the Vital Reche family settled here. They named the new community Fall Brook after their former homestead in Pennsylvania.

The present town site was plotted in 1885. The original Fallbrook School, though closed as a school in 1939, still serves the community as the Reche Clubhouse. One of the community’s churches was constructed in 1890 and is still in use today.

Oak trees were the original primary trees in Fallbrook. Olives became a major crop by the 1920s and continued through World War II, but were eventually phased out in favor of the present avocado and floral industry. There are over sixty wholesale and retail nurseries in the community.

Climate

Fallbrook has an average year-round temperature of 61 degrees. Due to the prevailing ocean breezes, the humidity is relatively low and constant.

The average daytime high in Fallbrook is 76 degrees, with the warmest summer temperatures seldom exceeding 90 degrees. Most of the area is frost-free; during the coldest periods the average nighttime temperature is about 42 degrees.

Annual rainfall is roughly 16 inches (41 cm) and comes mostly between November and April. The area is ideal for avocados, strawberries, tomatoes and many other sub-tropical fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

Geography

Fallbrook stands at elevations between 500 and 1500 feet, with an average around 685 feet.

Fallbrook is located at 33°22′18″N 117°14′10″W / 33.37167°N 117.23611°W / 33.37167; -117.23611 (33.371691, -117.236125).[1]

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