Holy Flood Ready
Community Meeting

The Holy Fire left areas near hillsides at risk for flooding, mud and debris flows.  Debris flows are fast moving deadly landslides.  They are powerful mixtures of mud, rocks, boulders, trees and sometimes homes or vehicles.

County of Riverside and City of Lake Elsinore agencies and partners will discuss hazardous conditions and the safety steps everyone must take to prepare.

Meeting Information:  Monday, November 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Terra Cotta Middle School Gym
29291 Lake Street, Lake Elsinore

Join us for a day of Shopping, Saving & Fun


Shop for your Cause

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Registration: 9 AM - Noon - Event Hours 10 AM - 4 PM


  • Catered Lunch

  • Wine & Beer Sampling

  • Gift Wrap & Baggage Check

  • Exclusive Shopping Discounts

  • $500 Shopping Spree Drawing - One Entry

  • $15,000 in Raffle Prize Drawings Awarded during the day

  • Pamper & Energy Station

  • Entertainment & Casino Room

A Fund Raising Event Benefitting Local Non-Profit Organizations
Including the Lake Elsinore Historical Society
Tickets $20/each

World War I
and the USS Lake Elsinore
(Commissioned September 13, 1918)

The United States Navy took possession of the USS Lake Elsinore and commissioned the cargo ship into the Naval Overseas Transportation Service (NOTS) during World War I and was refitted and refurbished based on Navy standards and protocols.

USS Lake Elsinore was built by the American Shipbuilding Company in Lorain, Ohio.  The ships built at the Great Lakes facilities became widely known as the "Lakers" as the U.S. Shipping Board (USSB) named all ships in this class after American lakes.  These ships were designed to fit and transit through the confines of the Welland Canal connecting Lake Erie to Lake Ontario and transited to Montreal where she was commissioned and manned by U.S. Navy sailors.

The Lake Elsinore was a coal transport type of ship with an overall length of 261 feet, a beam of 43 feet 6 inches, a single smokestack, two-single masts, three raised hull islands, two coal fires Scotch boilers rated for 180 psi steam, a reciprocating piston steam-driven main engine with a single screw propeller with a pitch of 122 feet 3 inches, and a top speed of 9 knots.  The December 3, 1918 roster shows the ship's complement was 10 officers and 53 enlisted crewmen.

The history of the USS Lake Elsinore will be continued at the September 4, 2018 meeting.

"Shop for Your Cause"

Tickets are available for sale.  Mark your calendars!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Museum Tours Available

Tours for students, boy scouts, girl scouts, cub scouts and special groups are available.  Please call 951-678-1537 to make arrangements.

"High Country" Issues For Sale!

Lake Elsinore Historical Society has received a donation of issues of "High Country" from Tom Hudson's family.  These publications were printed beginning in the 1960's and have many wonderful stories for your enjoyment.
The authors include Tom Hudson, Sam Hicks, Al Newhart, Erie Stanley Gardner and many others.
The covers have paintings by Ralph Love who lived and painted in Lake Elsinore before moving to Temecula and continuing his painting in "The Shack".
The issues are new issues and are collectors' items!

An 'old and tall' rose

(Before The Californian was sold to a new owner it printed "Roses and Raspberries" in one of their issues.
The article below appeared in the November 20, 2012 issue.)

A rose goes to the folks who raised private funds and worked collaboratively with the property owner to preserve Lake Elsinore's Tank House, an unusual building that is as tall as is is long and believed to date from the 1880's.  It was used to house equipment that pumped mineral water to locals spas from hot springs that once made the city famous.  When the owner wanted to demolish the building, members of the Lake Elsinore Historical Society, the Luiseno Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and others raised money and moved the building onto land donated for the purpose by the City.  Slapping a historical designation on a property can be a nightmare for the owner but this community made the process work like a dream.

(Helping Our People of Elsinore)

HOPE was started in the early 1990's by a group of churches in the area and manned by volunteers as it is today.

HOPE can be reached at 951-245-7510.

Santa Fe Depot

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors, at their meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, voted to approve the Santa Fe Depot, now the home of the Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce, as an historical landmark.  The train station was built in 1896 by the California Southern Railway Company.  The station was used by passengers and for freight shipments of farm products in its heyday.  The Riverside County Historical Commission, chaired by Joyce Hohenadl, recommended the designation in November

1925 American LaFrance Fire Engine

The first fire engine owned by the City of Lake Elsinore had a broken clutch and it has been repaired by the City of Lake Elsinore's Maintenance Crew.  It was restored by the Lake Elsinore Historical Society and a committee chaired by LEHS Member Russ Burns.  We are delighted it was in the Put Unity in the Community Parade held on November 21, 2009 and was one of the parade's highlights.  Elsinore No. 1 is a beauty and we are very proud to have this treasure to show off to the community!

Historic Downtown Lake Elsinore Next Exit

California State Historic Brown Signs have been installed by the City of Lake Elsinore.  The signs were erected recently on Interstate 15 at the northbound and southbound exits to Main Street with arrows pointing to the City's nostalgic downtown district

Museum Hours

 Main Street Museum
183 North Main Street
(Use Heald Avenue Entrance)
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

The Society was founded in 1996 to collect, protect, preserve, display and further the presentation of items and documents of historical value and significance from the Lake Elsinore Valley.

Wednesdays and Saturdays - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sundays - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If a group wishes to tour the Museum, please leave a message at (951) 678-1537