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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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  • This is a great little park for many reasons. Beautiful building and grounds for a celebration; wedding, memorial, and they even have summer concerts in the park. If you're looking for an onsite pictu...  more »
  • Interesting history on area and development, public washrooms. Samples of oranges, good public facilities.  more »
  • Unexpected fun! Tasted several varieties of citrus and got to take home a bag full!! Very informative Joe was a great guide :) The whole family enjoyed it immensely!  more »
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  • What a view. Defiantly a great place to see what the so cal history really look like before they took all the citrus away. There also is a museum and tours, but we missed those. Will be going back to picnic and do the tours.
  • Pretty neat place, except is was closed the day we went (Monday) but we still walked the park on the trails and took pictures. Very interesting and it is a really nice walk with things to see along the way.
  • Went to a quinceanera here. I was surprised how nice it was. They have a hall they rent out. I've never been on a tour though, but it really has some nice views of Riverside.
  • A great place to take a tour and if you are willing to pay for parking you have access to a beautiful and uncrowded park area.
  • Every time I go I learn something new! Went to the citrus tasting they had, peeked inside the museum and they updated their exhibits on the history of citrus! The trails through the citrus trees were also very well maintained even during the rain. I highly recommend going.