California Citrus State Historic Park, Riverside

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
California Citrus State Historic Park is an open-air museum in the state park system of California, USA, interpreting the historic cultural landscape of the citrus industry. The story of the citrus industry's role in the history and development of California is told in the visitor center. The California Citrus State Historic Park is in the city of Riverside in Riverside County, California, United States. The 248acre park was established in 1915.
This California State Historic Park recaptures the time when "Citrus was King" in California, especially the Navel orange from Riverside, and recognizing the importance of the citrus industry in Southern California.
In the early 1900s, an effort to promote citrus ranching in the state brought hundreds of would-be citrus barons to California for the "second Gold Rush." The lush groves of oranges, lemons and grapefruit gave California another legacy—its lingering image as the Golden State—the land of sunshine and opportunity.
In 1873, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forever changed the history of Southern California when it sent two small Navel orange trees to Riverside resident Eliza Tibbets. Those trees, growing in near perfect soil and weather conditions, produced an especially sweet and flavorful fruit. Word of this type of orange quickly spread, and a great agricultural industry was born.
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  • First off the directions on here are bad. Make sure you take Van Buren Rd to get here. Next to the large orange sign and fruit stand for purchase. If you don’t see those stops then you have the bad...  more »
  • A short history of citrus, how CA became a citrus center, orange trade with iced wagons, and more. You can also walk around orange trees. A small museum and shop. You can bring your guests to show CA....  more »
  • My family and I attended a celebration of life for our 100 year old grandma who passed away. The facility was perfect and met all of our needs. We had a catered luncheon. There was plenty of room for dinner tables, display tables for pictures of our grandmothers memorable life. The restrooms were very clean. The outside patio was great for young ones to play.
  • It is very quiet and relaxing and I love to take my dog on nice days. The area for parties is beautiful. I just wish there were longer paths to walk. You do need to pay $5 for parking.

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