At the turn of the 20th century, Southern California was a major producer of citrus, the region's primary agricultural export. The industry developed from the country's first navel orange trees, planted in Riverside in The station conducted experiments in fertilizationirrigation and crop improvement.
History of Riverside, California In the late s and early s the area was inhabited by Cahuilla and the Serrano people. Californios such as Bernardo Yorba and Juan Bandini established ranches during the first half of the 19th century. In the s, Louis Prevost launched the California Silk Center Associationa short-lived experiment in sericulture.
In the wake of its failure, John W. North purchased some of its land and formed the Southern California Colony Association to promote the area's development.
In MarchNorth distributed posters announcing the formation of a colony in California.
A few years later, some navel orange trees were planted and found to be such a success that full-scale planting began.
Riverside was temperance minded, and Republican. There were four saloons in Riverside when it was founded. The license fees were raised until the saloons moved out of Riverside. As a result, the first golf course and polo field in southern California were built in Riverside.
The first orange trees were planted inwith the citrus industry Riverside is famous for beginning three years later  when Eliza Tibbetts received three  Brazilian navel orange trees sent to her by a personal friend, William Saunders who was a horticulturist at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.
The trees came from Bahia, Brazil. The Bahia orange did not thrive in Floridabut its success in southern California was phenomenal. The first navel orange tree in California replanted here by President Theodore Rooseveltca.
The three trees were planted on the Tibbetts' property. One of them died after it was trampled by a cow during the first year it was planted. After the trampling, the two remaining trees were transplanted to property belonging to Sam McCoy to receive better care than L.
Tibbetts, Eliza's husband, could provide. Eliza Tibbetts was honored with a stone marker placed with the tree.
That tree still stands to this day inside a protective fence abutting what is now a major intersection. The trees thrived in the southern California climate and the navel orange industry grew rapidly. Many growers purchased bud wood and then grafted the cuttings to root stock.
Within a few years, the successful cultivation of many thousands of the newly discovered Brazilian navel orange led to a California Gold Rush of a different kind: Bythere were more than half a million citrus trees in California, almost half of which were in Riverside.
The development of refrigerated railroad cars and innovative irrigation systems established Riverside as the richest city in the United States in terms of income per capita by As the city prospered, a small guest hotel designed in the popular Mission Revival styleknown as the Glenwood Tavern, eventually grew to become the Mission Inn, which was favored by presidents, royalty and movie stars.
Inside was housed a special chair made for the sizable President William Howard Taft. The hotel was modeled after the missions left along the California coast by Franciscan friars in the 18th and 19th centuries. Postcards of lush orange groves, swimming pools and magnificent homes have attracted vacationers and entrepreneurs throughout the years.
Many relocated to the warm, dry climate for reasons of health and to escape Eastern winters. Victoria Avenue, with its scattering of elegant turn-of-the-century homes, and citrus-lined paseo, serves as a reminder of European investors who settled here.Staff Title Department Phone Email; Abara, Katherine: Financial Aid Specialist: Financial Aid () x Abasolo, Guillermo (Bill) Director of Institutional Research and Assessment.
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