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Riverside, California, USA - Scene in Fairmont Park, Riverside, Calif.

Riverside, Riverside, CA

Riverside was founded in the early 1870s. It is the birthplace of the California citrus industry and home of the Mission Inn, the largest Mission Revival Style building in the United States. It is also home to the Riverside National Cemetery.

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Scene in Fairmont Park, Riverside, Calif.
Riverside, California, USA

Scene in Fairmont Park, Riverside, Calif.
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Riverside, California, USA

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New Home of Rouse's, Riverside, California
Riverside, California, USA

New Home of Rouse's, Riverside, California

"Rouse’s Department Store Building (3834 Main Street) This store was built in 1895 and was remodeled several times. The most important remodeling was undertaken in 1924 with G. Stanley Wilson as architect, and includes features reminiscent of Spanish Renaissance architecture."

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1895 - Riverside
Riverside, a beautiful city of California, the county seat of Riverside co., is situated on the Santa Ana River, in a fine fruit-growing section (oranges, lemons, raisins, &c.), watered by extensive irrigating canals, 9 miles S. of San Bernardino, and about 60 miles E. of Los Angeles. It has 15 church organizations, an opera-house erected at a cost of $117,000, 4 banks, a public high school, a free library, several social and fraternal clubs, and offices which issue 2 daily and 2 weekly newspapers. Pop. in 1890, 4683.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Riverside, a city, capital of Riverside co., Cal., on the Santa Ana River and on the Southern Pacific and other railroads, 10 miles S. of San Bernadino. It has extensive fruit interests (oranges, lemons, figs, raisins, etc.), and its orange plantations are among the largest in the state. Magnolia Avenue, with its double row of pepper-trees, etc., is about 10 miles long and justly famous for its perspective. Elevation, 875 feet. Pop. in 1900, 7973.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
Riverside, Cal., March 31. - Lieutenant C. M. RIPPERGER of Moline, Ill., was killed today when the airplane in which he was flying over March Field near here fell 1000 feet. Cadet PACKARD of Bakersfield, who was with him in the machine, also was seriously injured. He suffered a broken leg and internal injuries.
Ogden Examinier
Ogden, Utah
April 1, 1919
1970 - Third youth dies
Riverside (AP) – David CRAWFORD, 13, died today of wounds suffered Thursday in a grenade explosion. Two playmates, Bobby Lee EWING and Ricky Lee LEAMON, also 13, were killed instantly.

Police said the boys found the grenade buried beneath a bush in a neighbor’s backyard. An investigation uncovered 43 more grenades, police said.
Reno Evening Gazette
Reno, Nevada
September 28, 1970
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Riverside:
March Field Air Museum:
Explore the history of aviation at this museum, which houses an impressive collection of aircraft and artifacts. It's a great place for both aviation enthusiasts and families.

Mount Rubidoux:
Take a hike up Mount Rubidoux for stunning views of Riverside and the surrounding areas. It's a popular spot for both fitness enthusiasts and those looking for a peaceful escape.

California Citrus State Historic Park:
Dive into the citrus history of California at this park. You can take guided tours to learn about the citrus industry and even pick your own oranges in season.

UCR Botanic Gardens:
If you appreciate nature and diverse plant life, the University of California, Riverside Botanic Gardens is a beautiful place to explore. It's serene and perfect for a relaxing day.

Riverside Art Museum:
Immerse yourself in the local art scene at the Riverside Art Museum. It features contemporary and historical exhibitions, as well as art classes and... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Riverside, California, USA

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male ancestorHenry Clinton WILLIS (22 April 1847, Charlemont, Massachusetts, USA (Zoar) - 13 May 1877, Riverside, California, USA)
male ancestorChanning Mcgregory WELLS (13 April 1870, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Globe) (Lensdale) (Saundersdale) (Shuttleville) - 31 January 1959, Riverside, California, USA)
male ancestorLee Roy SISSON (17 July 1884, Covington, Miami, Ohio, USA - 5 March 1957, Riverside, California, USA)
female ancestorWenona FAIRBANKS (15 November 1894, , Iowa, USA - 1986, Riverside, California, USA)
female ancestorBlanche Florida BISHOP (11 March 1906, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA - 17 November 1992, Riverside, California, USA)
female ancestorCamilla Marie KELLY / KELLEY (2 May 1910, Berlin, Connecticut, USA (Kensington) - 1989, Riverside, California, USA)
female ancestorZelma Pearl Hattie ADAMS (7 August 1912, , North Dakota, USA - 14 April 2012, Riverside, California, USA)
female ancestorRena Alvina Helen ADAMS (30 April 1916, , North Dakota, USA - 25 November 2007, Riverside, California, USA)
male ancestorRobert L HOLCOMB (14 December 1919, , Massachusetts, USA - 6 February 1998, Riverside, California, USA)

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photo of Richard Milhous NIXON Richard Milhous NIXON (9 January 1913 - 22 April 1994) and photo of Thelma Catherine "Pat" RYAN Thelma Catherine "Pat" RYAN (16 March 1912 - 22 June 1993) married 21 June 1940

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