Activity Type: Cultural Heritage

California Citrus State Historic Park

Phone: (951) 780-6222

Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=649

Location: 9400 Dufferin Avenue
Riverside, California 92504

This park preserves some of the rapidly vanishing cultural landscape of the citrus industry and tells the story of this industry’s role in the history and development of California. The park recaptures the time when “Citrus was King” in California, recognising the importance of the citrus industry in southern California.

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 flavourful fruit. Word of this far superior orange quickly spread, and a great agricultural industry was born.

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.

Downtown Statues

Downtown Riverside is a walking museum filled with statues of great leaders, including Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Dosan Ahn Chang Ho, Eliza Tibbets, who planted and bred America’s first naval orange tree; and Ysmael Villegas, Riverside’s first recipient of the Medal of Honor.  To see all the statues, start on the Main Street pedestrian mall outside of the Mission Inn and walk west to the historic Riverside County Courthouse.

Mission Inn Tour

Phone: 951-788-9556
Website: http://missioninnmuseum.org/
Location: 3696 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501

The Mission Inn Foundation offers a 75 minute walking tour led by trained docents on the art, architecture and history of the Mission Inn. This is your opportunity to see parts of the Inn that are inaccessible to the general public based on hotel availability. Reservations are highly recommended as we only take a limited number of guests per tour. Tours are $13 for adults and senior citizens, children under twelve are free with an adult. During Festival of Lights, starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, and running through the first weekend after New Year’s Day, tours are $17 per person. Payment is requested at the time of reservation and is nonrefundable.
Group & Student Tours are also available. Reduced rates are available for groups of 25 or more and for school groups.

Riverside National Cemetery

Phone: (951) 653-8417

Website: http://www.rncsc.org/

Location: 22495 Van Buren Boulevard
Riverside, California 92518

Riverside National Cemetery is dedicated to the interment of United States military personnel, is the third-largest cemetery managed by the National Cemetery Administration, and since 2000 has been the most active in the system based on the number of interments.
Monuments and Memorials

  • Riverside National cemetery is home of the Medal of Honor Memorial and one of four sites recognized as a National Medal of Honor Memorial Site. The Medal of Honor Memorial, whose walls feature the names of all medal recipients, is located at the third traffic circle in the cemetery. It was dedicated in 1999.
  • The Fallen Soldier/Veterans’ Memorial, erected in 2000, is dedicated to all service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The dramatic bronze structure topped by a lifeless soldier is located near the lake at the entrance to the cemetery.
  • A carillon was donated by the American Veterans (AMVETS) in 2000.
  • The Prisoner of War/Missing in Action National Memorial was designated as a national memorial by the U.S. Congress in 2004 through Public Law 108-454. The memorial was dedicated on September 16, 2005. Vietnam veteran Lewis Lee Millett, Jr., sculpted the bronze statue which depicts an American serviceman on his knees with hands bound by his captors. The statue is surrounded by black marble pillars that evoke imprisonment.