The city of Perris is located in the Inland Empire area in Southern California. It has a population of 51,397 people as of 2007 mild and is a rapid growing community with growth of 42.02 percent since 2000. Perris is located about an hour southeast of the City of Los Angeles with a Mediterranean climate.

Incorporated as a city in 1911, Perris was named in honor of Fred T. Perris, chief engineer of the California Southern Railroad. The California Southern connected through the city in the 1880s to build a rail connection between the present day cities of Barstow and San Diego.

CSR purchased the land from Southern Pacific Railroad in the Pinacate area for a town site. Local citizens offered to erect a depot, dig a well, and donate a number of lots to the railroad in exchange for establishing a station at the new town site.

The debut of the Perris station came in April 1886 and by 1887, six passenger trains and two freight trains stopped at Perris daily and rapid growth followed for several years. After storms repeatedly washed out the tracks in the Temecula Gorge, service to San Diego through this route ended.

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Despite being a bedroom community, the city of Perris still features some local attractions.



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