In January 1885, Collier, Graham, and Heald made a map of Blocks K, Ln and M of the Elsinore area, recording the maps with San Diego County inn October of that year. In February 1885, Collier and Graham purchased nFranklin Heald's one-third interest in the 2,600 acres (11 kmn2)n of unsold land south-east of Corydon Road. Heald took full interest in nthe unsold land to the north west of the Corydon Road line.n
nCollier and Graham made a map of the Wildomar townsite in December 1885, recording it with San Diego County the following November 20. The name Wildomar was derived by combining the names of the new town's founders, Wil for William Collier, do for Donald Graham, and mar for Margaret Collier Graham, wife of Donald Graham and sister of William Collier.
nIn 1886 a new school was built, along with a post office and railroadn depot. By 1887, Wildomar could boast a large hotel, livery stable, nblacksmith shop, numerous stores, a lumber yard, and a park. A nMethodist-Episcopalian church was built in 1888 across from the new nschool just north-west of Central Avenue. In October 1887, Collier and nGraham made a map of the Santa Rosa addition to Wildomar, an addition ofn about 1,500 acres (6.1 kmn2) purchased from Parker Dear, owner of the Rancho Santa Rosa who was attempting to develop a town he called Linda Rosa further south on the rail-line. This new map was recorded February 10, 1892, in the San Diego County records.
nBy the start of the 20th century, Wildomar even had its own newspaper, The Transcript. The railroad, however, continued to be plagued by washoutsnand within a few years, the rail connection south from Temecula to San nDiego were abandoned. With fewer trains, Wildomar's development slowed. nThen, in 1935, rail service to Wildomar was abandoned and the rails weren pulled up back to nPinacate. Wildomar was almost a forgotten community. Then, in 1985, the Temecula Valley Freeway (I-15)nwas completed, bringing with it a new wave of interest in the area. nOnce again, Wildomar had begun to grow and experience new prosperity.n
nThe citizens of Wildomar and Sedco Hills voted on February 5, 2008, to incorporate. Wildomar became the 25th city in Riverside County on July 1, 2008
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