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Escondido History Center

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Causes: Arts & Culture, History Museums

Mission: The mission of the Escondido History Center is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit the history of our community. We also are the voice and steward of Grape Day Park.


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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