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Riverside California-a Rich History
Riverside, California is a diverse city in the Inland Empire of Southern California that owes its current status as a big vibrant city to the citrus industry. Riverside Flower Club (RFC) is proud to be a part of this rich history. Family owned and operated for over 20 years, RFC is located in the Porter Corner Building, which was built in 1921 as an automotive gas station. Riverside Flower Club is located across the road from the “Historical Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree,” Landmark #20 of historical records.
In 1774, Juan Bautista De Anzo explored the region now known as Riverside, calling it the Valle de Paraiso, or Valley of Paradise, due to the area’s expansive grasslands and fragrant herbs. In the first half of the 19th century, several ranches were established, and the city of Riverside was founded in the early 1870s.
Riverside was home of California’s second Gold Rush. Although, this time the gold was “Citrus” making Riverside the richest city per capita in the United States during the mid 1880’s. Riverside saw an explosion of Japanese and Korean migrant residents during the citrus harvests in the late 1800s and early 1900s. While these harvest faded out, the city remains home to diverse populations, including a large contingent of Chinese and Korean-Americans, particularly in the Arlington and La Sierra neighborhoods.
Citrus Shapes the City
Riverside, along with much of the rest of Southern California, owes our growth to citrus. Located less than 50 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Riverside and the surrounding community has a warm yet ocean-moderated climate, which is ideal for citrus production.
Women’s rights activist Eliza Tibbets was an early pioneer who greatly shaped the founding of Riverside. She grew the first two hybrid Washington navel orange trees in California, helping the area become the central location for the exploding citrus industry in the 1870s and 1880s. While citrus trees existed before Tibbets grafted and planted her trees, it was not until her trees produced fruit that the industry was forever transformed. One of her trees is still alive and producing fruit.
In 1893, a cooperative known as the Southern California Fruit Exchange was created in order to meet and further grow the demand for citrus from the populous east coast urban areas. This cooperative became known as Sunkist Growers and was responsible for developing a thriving industry dependent on ample orange groves.
Urbanization in the middle of the 20th Century greatly reduced the number of groves, as production moved to central and northern California and Florida.
Modern Riverside is a diverse city with a number of interesting and eclectic areas. There are 28 distinct neighborhoods in Riverside, including: Arlington, Canyon Crest, Historical Downtown, La Sierra, Magnolia Center, Mission Grove, Orangecrest, Ramona, Victoria, and the Wood Streets to name a few.
With a population just north of 300,000, Riverside is the 12th most populous city in California and the 59th most populous in the U.S. It’s the county seat of Riverside County, which is massive in size at 7,303 square miles, nearly 2,000 square miles bigger than Connecticut.
Riverside facts that highlight the city’s history and quirks
- The world’s largest cup is 68.1 feet tall and was built for the Lily Tulip Cup company, a now-defunct paper cup company.
- The city gets its “river side” name due to proximity to the Santa Ana River.
- Author Charles Dickens is celebrated every year in Riverside during The Riverside Dickens Festival, which features readings of the author’s works by volunteers dressed in period attire.
- Riverside has two operating drive-in theaters, the Van Buren Drive-In Theatre or Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre.
- The lobby of the Mission Inn is home to a large-sized chair built for a visit from President Taft, who weighed in at a hefty 350 pounds.
Since 1996, the Riverside Flower Club has offered a stunning selection of bouquets to residents of Riverside and the surrounding area. Flowers are available for any imaginable occasion such as “get well,” birthdays, anniversaries, sympathy, new baby celebrations, weddings. Custom bouquets can be expertly arranged and delivered quickly. For more information, visit www.riversideflowerclub.com, email email@example.com or call (951) 784-0960.