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to Spanish Town Heritage Foundation dedicated to championing the Hispanic legacy of the Inland Empire’s first settlers by sharing their stories, creating cultural learning opportunities, and leading community efforts to restore and revitalize La Placita de los Trujillos, a place of history, learning, entertainment and the arts.

La Placita de los Trujillos is today’s Northside neighborhood in Riverside, CA. It’s sister community across the Santa Ana River, Agua Mansa, is in today’s Colton, CA. Together these communities comprised the largest non-native settlement between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California in the first half of the 19th century. This place matters.

Please join Spanish Town Heritage Foundation in our efforts to preserve the Trujillo Adobe (link to tab), restore La Placita de los Trujillos (link) and Agua Mansa (link), and reinvigorate the existing area into a living history museum known as Spanish Town (link to plans).
This place matters. We invite you to become part of the familia. Mi casa es su casa.

Nancy Melendez, President
Darlene Trujillo-Elliot, Vice President
Spanish Town Heritage Foundation

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“We all have places that matter to us—places that define us, places that challenge us, places that bring us together and tell our story. These places help form our identity and our communities. They create opportunities for growth and help us feel at home. They explain our past and serve as the foundation of our future.

These special places arise organically where people choose to come together, and from the local stories they treasure and wish to see persevere. But when older buildings are destroyed, the engine that keeps neighborhoods growing, innovating, and thriving is disrupted. Fundamental to ReUrbanism (insert link to NTHP 10 principles of ReUrbanism) is that building reuse encourages economic growth and stimulates vibrant communities.” 

– National Trust for Historic Preservation

Donate to Spanish Town Heritage Foundation

The mission of Spanish Town Heritage Foundation is to champion the Hispanic legacy of the Inland Empire’s first settlers by sharing their stories, creating cultural learning opportunities, and leading community efforts to restore and revitalize La Placita de los Trujillos, a place of history, learning, entertainment and the arts.  Your contribution will help to make this mission a reality.