Friday, May 23, 2008
Yesterday, (in the rain) we went to the Citrus State Historic Park in Riverside. It was a short visit due to me pregnant pushing a stoller in the mud up hill. (not fun) The kids found it interesting to see how oranges came to Riverside County in the late 1800's and early 1900's and sparked California's second "gold rush".
In 1873, two small navel orange trees were sent 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. An effort to promote citrus ranching in the state brought would-be citrus ranch barons flocking to California. The kids got to learn about different types of citrus and taste them too.