San Jacinto, California

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San Jacinto is a city in Riverside County, California, U.S.A. It was named after Saint Hyacinth and is located at the north end of the San Jacinto Valley, with Hemet to its south. The mountains associated with the valley are the San Jacinto Mountains.

The city is home to Mount San Jacinto College, a community college which has served the valley and Inland Empire for over 40 years since 1965.[1] The city was founded in 1870, and incorporated as a city on April, 9 1888. Making it one of the oldest cities in Riverside County, as well as being incorporated before the formation of the county. San Jacinto will also be home to part of the Mid County Parkway a planned route that would eventually connect the San Jacinto Valley to the city of Corona and Riverside. In the late 19th Century and early 20th Century, the city became a home to many dairies, and a center for agriculture.

San Jacinto also is home to the Soboba Casino, a gaming casino owned and operated by the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. The Sobobas are sovereign and self-sufficient in community affairs. They have opened an Indian tribal school, the Noli Academy.

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History

The Luiseño were the original inhabitants of what later would be called the San Jacinto Valley, having many villages with residents.[2] In their own language, these people called themselves Payomkowishum (also spelled "Payomkawichum"), meaning People of the West. They are a Native American people who at the time of the first contacts with the Spanish in the sixteenth century, inhabited the coastal area of southern California, ranging fifty miles from what now is the southern part of Los Angeles County, California to the northern part of contemporary San Diego County, California, and their settlements extended inland for thirty miles.

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