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The Cahuilla tribe were the initial inhabitants of the Hemet area. The city was named by a resident, Julia Bracken, after her hometown of Hemet, California. In 1878 the Southern Pacific Railroad built its main line through what would become downtown Hemet; it set up a station and added to land started as an agricultural homestead in 1874 by brothers John and Charles Crismon (the name is from Old English "hemet", meaning "home on high ground"). The post office was established in 1882. In 1895, Dr.