Escondido History Center Overview
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The museum is our biggest focus. We have 6 historic buildings: city’s first library, Victorian country home, barn, Bandy Blacksmith Shop, Santa Fe Depot and a railroad car. The complex also includes two windmills, an outhouse, tankhouse, and a 10-ton Native American metate (grinding rock). We tell Escondido’s story through the examination of home life, agriculture, transportation and civic life. The museum is open 5 afternoons a week for the general public, with school tours typically taking place during morning hours. The library, our office, also has one changing exhibit space, and a photographic exhibit. The Santa Fe Depot, on the ground level, is a recreation of the building circa 1912. Permanent exhibits in the freight room include Native American life, ranch life when Escondido was a Mexican ranch called Rancho Rincon del Diablo, the era of gold and grapes, building the town, and bringing water to the city.
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