Fallbrook’s historic Hardware Store on the corner of Main and Alvarado burned down in
1987, leaving a vacant lot filled with broken concrete and weeds. The lot was offered to the
Fallbrook Village Association (FVA) at no down payment and at cost. The idea of creating a Park
on that corner had been a dream for some time, so the FVA welcomed the chance to make this
wish come true. Vince Ross, Bill Ross and Craig Grimm formed a real estate holding company to
negotiate the property transfer to the non-profit FVA. Thanks to the generosity of individuals
and local businesses, the Square opened in 2000. Landscape Architect Jay Mulder designed The
Village Square for special events and vending activities.
The Square is privately owned by the Fallbrook Village Association and is dedicated to the
People of Fallbrook for their use. In addition to honoring Fallbrook’s military hero’s, the Square
features public art, a chess board, beautiful landscaping, tables and chairs, umbrellas, lighting
and a fountain.
In 2012 the Square was renamed Vince Ross Village Square in honor of long-time volunteer
Vince Ross whose vision and dedication made this dream a reality for the residents of Fallbrook.
Today our beautiful Square is receiving the tender, loving care of volunteer Cheryl Pizzo. You
can see Cheryl in the Square weekly, cleaning and weeding the flower beds, adding new
flowering plants, feeding them, and tending to the irrigation. The community is so grateful to
Cheryl for her commitment to this town jewel! It’s volunteers like Cheryl that make Fallbrook
such a great Village.
The cost for maintaining the Square (taxes, insurance, utilities and maintenance) comes from
sales of engraved Bricks and Stars which pave the Square. You can purchase an engraved Brick
for $125.00 or a Star for $300.00. While the Square is open to the public daily, it is also
available to rent for private events. For information about renting the Square, contact Roy Moosa at (760) 723-8384.
If you would like to support this town jewel by buying a Brick or Star, call Cheryl Pizzo at (760) 468-2218.
July 19th - "Rock The Block"
August 2nd - "National Night Out"
August 16th - "Military Appreciation"
5pm - Sunset
Main Ave & Alvarado St
Founded in 1995, The Fallbrook Village Association is one of the largest 501(c)(3) Non-Profits in Fallbrook, CA. San Diego County's Board of Supervisors created the Fallbrook Village Association to "Develop a vital business and residential downtown to enhance the historic small town Fallbrook atmosphere, halt deterioration: Increase cult
Founded in 1995, The Fallbrook Village Association is one of the largest 501(c)(3) Non-Profits in Fallbrook, CA. San Diego County's Board of Supervisors created the Fallbrook Village Association to "Develop a vital business and residential downtown to enhance the historic small town Fallbrook atmosphere, halt deterioration: Increase cultural involvement, and promote the Friendly Village Identity."
Another rich segment of Fallbrook history will be brought to life with the development of
our newest beloved pocket park, Railroad Heritage Park. This park will honor the past and educate
a new generation about our rich agrarian past, present and future and the rail industry that
made it possible.
Located at the intersection of Main Avenue and Elder Street in downtown Fallbrook, the
purpose of this historical project is to bring awareness to residents and visitors of Fallbrook’s
important railroad history. It will be an area where visitors can learn, rest, and watch performances
on the waiting station platform.
The Fallbrook Village Association, in collaboration with the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce,
Fallbrook Arts Inc.’s Art in Public Places Committee, the Fallbrook Historical Society,
Fallbrook Beautification Alliance, Charles E. Swisher Post 1924 VFW, and local residents, looks
forward to bringing this Railroad Heritage Park to Fallbrook. The park will be open to the public
with a replica of a waiting station filled with Fallbrook’s train history, benches for resting, a
loading platform that will serve as a performing area and an authentic caboose. Across Main
Avenue, a train mural on the “Merlot Building” exterior wall continues the theme where the train
The town of Fall Brook was originally settled by Vital and Anthony Reche in 1869 including the area that is now Live Oak Park. In 1882 the California Southern Railroad was constructed from National City up the coast and traveled inland along the Santa Margarita River to Temecula and beyond. Proximity to the railroad caused many settlers to move westerly to the town of West Fallbrook (now downtown Fallbrook). A series of floods rendered a portion of the Santa Margarita River route unsustainable. In 1916 the railroad, now under the ownership of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road Company, was rerouted to higher ground on Rancho Santa Margarita (Camp Pendleton) and into the town of Fallbrook, crossing Main Avenue in route to Fallbrook Station. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of citrus fruit and avocados grown in Fallbrook's mineral-rich soil shipped to points across the U.S.. The Fallbrook rail line also served an important mission of transporting munitions from the Naval Weapon Station across Camp Pendleton to the coast during World War II, and other major conflicts.
According to the Caltrans 1982 State Rail Plan Report, “Fallbrook Junction” was officially
abandoned in June of 1981. The Fallbrook Train Station was torn down. The current Sheriff’s
Station stands in its place. Two storage warehouses that stood next to the Fallbrook Train Station
remain and are in use today at the Fallbrook School of the Arts on Alvarado Street.
There are still many “old timers” in Fallbrook who love to recount their memories of the
exciting days of trains going through Fallbrook. We want to preserve those memories.
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