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California Citrus State Historic Park, Riverside

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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 Riverside, Riverside County, California, United States. The 248acre park was established in 1984.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.HistoryIn 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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  • Found this by pure chance but we are so glad we did. We had a super time learning about the history of citrus. There was a 'tasting' of different Oranges, Lemons and Grapefruits whilst the park employ...  more »
  • Great way to spend some time in Riverside. Learned about a lot of citrus I had no idea even existed!  more »
  • Visited for day outing. Loved the grounds and very well kept. We had picnic lunch. Lots of families with children there as well. Banquet facilities are available there. Had great day, wonderful memori...  more »
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  • We attended a wedding here. The place is fantastic! Orange groves surround a rustic banquet hall, surrounded by palm trees, Japanese curry blossoms, and a majestic view of the San Bernardo mountains, parking is plentiful, and hanging and string lights are tastefully spread out over the surroundings to light the place up at night. It looked like Disney's California Adventure had this place in mind for their decor.
  • You can take a stroll among all kinds of citrus trees and get a feel for what California, at least Southern California, was like 50 years ago.
  • The Native Daughters of the Golden West, Association No. 23, of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties hold yearly their state Past President Official Visit at this well kept park. The picnic area, the restrooms, the parking areas are well maintained. It has a souvenir store and lots of orange trees, grass, and covered picnic tables. Across the street is an orange stand that sells home made honey, bags of citrus fruits.
  • The guide is super nice and professional, he tells us lot of knowledge about citrus, you can get one plastic bag orange picked up by yourself
  • Happen to stop by early 2015 when they were having a citrus sampling. Was able to try something like 15 different varieties of citrus fruit from around the world; oranges, mandarins, tangerines, lemons, grapefruit and others. I guess we happened by on the right day.