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Welcome To Riverside


The city of Riverside California is located about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Population has reached over 250,000 The city was planned out very carefully. Much credit goes to Charles Cheney for this. He was the same man who was responsible for the planning of San Francisco. Riverside is abounding in historical sites and culture. Victoria Avenue is especially nice to drive along to see the beautiful, old and stately mansions from the older period in Riverside. There are over 100 City Landmarks, 20 National Register Sites and 2 National Landmarks in the Riverside area. There has always been pride in the number and variety of trees in Riverside. There are many rare and unusual trees. The city itself maintains over 96,000 trees. Riverside has been awarded the "Tree City, USA" recognition. 

Statistics:

The population of Riverside is approximately 255,166 (2000). 
The approximate number of families is 82,005 (2000).The amount of land area in Riverside is 201.202 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Riverside is 77.179 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.726 sq kilometers.
The distance from Riverside to Washington DC is 2380 miles. The distance to the California state capital is 393 miles. (as the crow flies)
Riverside is positioned 33.94 degrees north of the equator and 117.39 degrees west of the prime meridian. 
Riverside elevation is 847 feet above sea level.
The Riverside city flower is the the Rose.
The Riverside city color is Blue and Gold.

Weather:

Riverside average annual rainfall is 10 inches per year
Riverside average temperature is Fall - 75, Winter - 70, Spring - 77 degrees F.

http://www.riversideca.gov


 City Of Riverside's Web Site Riverside's History

The first known explorations of the Riverside area were in the Fall of 1774. Captain Juan Bautista de Anza and a group of 34 soldiers came from Arizona looking for a good land route to the riches of California. After the dry and arid desert they had crossed, they came atop a mountain range to look down on a beautiful area they called "Valle de Paraiso - Valley of Paradise." There were local Indians who resided here who were peaceful, farming people.

In the early 1800's, California became part of Mexico. Many large grants of land were given to prominent citizens. In this area, the first grant went to an influential man, Juan Bandini. His area was called El Rancho Jurupa. His daughter married a man named Abel Stearns. Her father gave him a great portion of the rancho. Another portion of the land not owned by Stearns was later sold to another man, Louis Robidoux. The spelling is now accepted as Rubidoux. Louis and all the other ranchers were successful with their businesses and ruled the area. Louis Robidoux died in 1868 and his rancho was sold to Louis Prevost. Prevost wanted to raise silkworms here. He only lived two more years and again the rancho was for sale.

Desiring to establish a colony where they could have good education and culture, John North purchased the rancho. He had high ideals for his new colony and spent much of his own fortune to make his dream possible.. As much of the surrounding area, this new area from built on land that was under Spanish rule and ownership. European influences were introduced and the best of both cultures were mixed together. John North wanted to name the area Jurupa, but others disagreed and the area became officially known as Riverside. They called the center part of town the "Mile Square." Orange trees were first planted in the area in 1871, but the real claim to fame came when two Brazilian navel orange trees were planted. A woman named Eliza Tibbets was given the trees by someone she knew with the US Dept. of Agriculture. The navel orange trees loved the warm, mild climate and began to thrive here. Nearly half of the citrus trees in California were in the Riverside area by 1882. The city prospered because of the growth of the citrus industry. The now famous Mission Inn was built and used by Royalty, Presidents, performing artists as well as by local citizens.

The city was planned out carefully. Much credit goes to Charles Cheney for this. He was the same man who was responsible for the planning of San Francisco. Riverside is abounding in historical sites and culture. Victoria Avenue is especially nice to drive along to see the beautiful, old and stately mansions from the older period in Riverside. There are over 100 City Landmarks, 20 National Register Sites and 2 National Landmarks in the Riverside area. There has always been pride in the number and variety of trees in Riverside. There are many rare and unusual trees. The city itself maintains over 96,000 trees. Riverside has been awarded the "Tree City, USA" recognition.

Today Riverside has grown to a thriving city whose residents are actively involved in all aspects of the city. Education is important with many high levels of learning available throughout the area. There are many leisure activities available to all who live here, including parks and recreation activities as well as local youth and adult sports teams. There are many museums in the area also, such as: California Museum of Photography. Activities are maintained on a year-round basis. The strong heritage of the area is remembered by all. Many organizations are in existence to preserve this heritage. Riverside remains today a vibrant, busy, warm and friendly place to live.

The Santa Ana river was once named "El rio de los templores", which means "the river of earthquakes". This name is thanks to Portola and Father Crespi in 1769, who when passing through this area on their way to Monterrey, experienced a good sized earthquake that threw much of the river's water out of its banks. The name was changed later to encourage settlement of the city. 

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