California Citrus

This photo was taken from one of the many trails that meander through the California Citrus State Historical Park in Riverside, CA. Built to preserve part of the citrus industry’s cultural heritage, the park includes a visitor center/interpretive building, picnic area, amphitheater, and demonstration groves. The buildings deliberately echo the  architecture of industry buildings around the turn of the twentieth century.   

Though the citrus groves in other California locales are still flourishing, the groves in the Riverside area have been dwindling for several decades, making way for housing tracts. The entrance fee for automobiles is currently $5 per vehicle and the park is a good place for a low-key family outing. 

When I arrived in southern California at twenty years old, I was quite impressed by two things; the large number of palm trees and the ubiquitous orange groves. Having grown up in the cold northeast corner of the U.S., I’d never seen either of those things in person. Both types of trees were something I’d only seen in photographs. More than forty years later, I’m still impressed by both.