California Citrus SHP
State Historic Park
May 19, 2013 - Sunday - 8:00 AM
Meet us at the Citrus State Historic Park Gazebo for a leisurely and informative walk which is sure to enlighten your senses to the sights, sounds, and variety of birds which call this area home or who are visitors in their migratory paths.
This event is free with your $5.00 paid parking fee.
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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, recognizing 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 flavorful 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.
More about the park
The design of the park is reminiscent of a 1900s city park, complete with an activity center, interpretive structure, amphitheater, picnic area, and demonstration groves. The land contained within the park still continues to produce high-quality fruits.
Location - Directions
The park is located in Riverside, at 9400 Dufferin Avenue (at the corner of Van Buren).
The address of the office is 1879 Jackson Street, Riverside. In the Arlington Heights - Lake Matthews area of Riverside.
Riverside, CA Latitude / Longitude: 33.8702 / -117.4162
- Hours of Operation:
8am-5pm 7 Days a Week
8am-7pm Saturday, Sunday
The Visitor Center open
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm
- Park Office Telephone:
Park Hours and Information
9400 Dufferin Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504
1879 Jackson St
Riverside, CA 92504
Parking Fees $5 per vehicle
Seniors $4 per vehicle