Information about Perris, California
The Perris Valley
Perris CA. is located along side Hyw 74 and the old 395 (Now the 215) Highway 74 continues east to it leaves the 215 and heads for Hemet.
My Mom went to Perris High School back in 40's. Back then Perris was home to around 1200 people. My grandfather Daniel S. Hall, helped build most of the Produce and Packing sheds that have long since been replaced for the most part. And He built them with just one leg, having lost his leg in a accident in 1910.
The old Red Line Cars ran all the way from LA into Riverside out to March Field and then turned south running down to Perris then east to Hemet. Today to mark that history, the Perris Orange Empire Railway Museum has several Red Cars in service. Also Located in Perris is the Riverside CDF Fire Command Center. We did there legal work for them so I have been to there location several times. This center receives and broadcasts all fire, rescue and brush fire assignments for the entire region of Riverside county.
Perris is just south of the Riverside National Cemetery which is located off of the 215 on Van Buren. also in the area is March Air Reserve Base. And Lake Perris built on the early 80's provides boating and fishing for thousands of visitors per year. What's funny is that when I was a kid and my family went to Hemet we always took the Ramona Expressway right through the valley floor where the Dam and Lake are now located. Of course they moved the Expressway but it is still a quick route into San Jacinto and then Hemet.
There are many small communities around Perris, many of them not on the map but know to the locals of the area. Movie Land Ski area is highway 74 as is Nuevo and relatively new community building to the east of Perris in what once was rice fields and water shed.
Perris Valley Airport is home to many skydiving teams and many of them can be seen jumping as you drive by the airport. South of Perris you will find Menifee and of Course Del Webs Sun City, originally built as a retirement community for seniors but since the 80's several thousand families have found the area to there liking as well. Another area, Canyon Lake has turned into an upper middle class guard gated community. This area is located to the west of Perris On Railroad Canyon Road. It has its own school system, fire depts., shopping centers, boating and fishing. Nearly 13,000 people live in this box canyon.
Today Perris is home to roughly 34,000 residents, and the old high school built in 1893 has been torn down and the replacement campus built in 1960 is still the only High school in the entire region.