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Guenther’s Murrieta Hot Springs resort included the Palm Dance Room, now known as the theater, where top-billed musicians entertained guests on holidays and weekends. Famous trumpeters, clarinetists, and pianists played songs while dance instructors taught guests swing, the mambo, and cha cha. When professional musicians were not at the resort, talented waiters and lifeguards doubled …

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When the resort was first established, Murrieta Hot Springs was an oasis in a landscape of fields and barren countryside. The city of Temecula was small and underdeveloped, proving the resort to be remote and isolated from the rest of society. Murrieta was roughly four miles away from other civilization, a walk some employees made …

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In the early years, a two-lane road brought guests to the quiet, peaceful countryside to enjoy the healing hot spring waters and clean air. As the business flourished, Murrieta Hot Springs’ facility changed to accommodate traveling demands, from foot traffic to horse-drawn vehicles, automobiles, and airplanes. By the 1960’s, guests occasionally arrived by small private planes …

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Guests from all over California, and even the country, would visit Murrieta to spend time at Guenther’s Murrieta, dubbed “California’s Greatest Health Resort.” Most traveled by train. Fritz Guenther met visitors from Los Angeles at the Santa Fe train station in Murrieta twice a day and transported them in his open Reliance bus. In 1904, the …

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The lake at Murrieta Hot Springs Christian Conference Center is known to be the centerpiece of the beautiful landscape at the historical property. Like the lake, many of the buildings have a lot of stories to tell about the rich history behind Murrieta Hot Springs. In the early 1900’s, resort employees harvested mud from the …

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Historical Fact Friday is back with a few more tidbits about Murrieta Hot Springs! The Conference Center Administration Building was constructed in 1963 as the Administration Building with an upstairs dining hall and downstairs coffee shop. Previously, there were horseshoes, badminton, and croquet courts there. The location for the original Administration Building and Dining Hall …

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We hope you’ve loved learning about our historical property! Next to our Main Lobby are the Hospitality Room, Theater, and Coffeehouse. Many big time musicians played in the theater when it was a dancehall, a big attraction to the resort every weekend. People from town would come to go dancing. The original design for the theater …

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We have more historical facts for you today! Did you know that our bookstore used have a miniature golf course? The building was designed as a clubhouse for the miniature golf course where guests visited and played cards. Ping pong tables were in the outside back patio area by the fireplace. Later, the building was a coffee …

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It’s Friday, and that means more facts about our historical Murrieta Hot Springs! Two minor springs, Cripple Creek and Radium Springs, were located near the Tulle Swamp, where the lake is now. Radium Spring was diverted into the Cripple Creek bathhouse where people could sit and soak their feet. A third minor spring, Kidney Spring, …

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We hope you’ve been enjoying our historical facts series! Here’s some history behind our lodges! The Stone Lodge, originally called the Annex, is one of the oldest buildings on-site. It was once a hotel. The large housekeeping operation and linen room were on the lower level. Prior to the construction of the hotel, individual units …