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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  • Museum has been remodeled and collection updated. Rich in Historical Information & artifacts. A Must Stop! Will be thankful you stopped.  more »
  • California Citrus State Park was on my list of things to do while in Southern California. We were not disappointed! This park preserves some of the rapidly vanishing cultural landscape of the citrus i...  more »
  • Make sure you make time for you to check this out! It's BEAUTIFUL and they have free tastings of the citrus grown there including finger limes and kumquats.!!! My advice is to check the website and pl...  more »
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  • Beautiful property, the gazebo is gorgeous, I can picture weddings there. It's a great place to get exercise and take in all of the nature and enjoy the groves. The museum is cute, very informative of the history of the citrus industry in Riverside. They have samples of all of the citrus fruits grown there and you can buy some to take home and the gift shop is nice.
  • Great place to learn about citrus. And take a nice walk. Friendly staff. Fun tasting.
  • Gorgeous well-maintained grounds. Perfect for exploring and Hiking, going to the museum, or even pictures or special events. One of my favorite places to spend an afternoon
  • Absolutely beautiful park! The views are spectacular... especially when you turn around and you're being purposed to! 12/22/17 engaged!
  • Very friendly staff and educational visitor center. They had samples of some of the fruit grown on the state park.

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