Riverside is the seat of the county, the fourth largest county in the state stretching nearly 200 miles across 7,200 square miles of fertile river valleys, low deserts, mountains, foothills and rolling plains. Riverside County shares borders with densely populated Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and San Bernardino counties, extending from within 14 miles of the Pacific Ocean to the Colorado River.
The city is an important financial and professional center with numerous legal, accounting, brokerage, architectural, engineering, software firms, and banking institutions with holdings exceeding $3 billion in total deposits.
Riverside's diverse manufacturing base includes such sectors as electrical instruments, plastics, wood and metal fabrication, food processing and recreational vehicles. Technological and manufacturing companies are supported by local educational institutions that offer specialized training and research partnerships. Businesses benefit from excellent freeways, rail access, high-speed fiber optic telecommunications, reasonable land and building costs, city-owned electrical and water systems and a general aviation airport.
Riverside is a city with historic roots, a progressive outlook, and a tradition of stable, elected developments, and cultural amenities. The Mission Inn began as the Glenwood Cottages, a family run hotel. In 1876, the C.C. Miller family began taking paying guests into their Riverside home. When the first large construction, the Mission Wing, opened in 1903 the hotel was renamed Glenwood Mission Inn. Today, the Inn is the site of many community events including a spectacular Christmas lighting ceremony that draws thousands of local residents.
Leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind and escape to the wide-open spaces of the Riverside County Parks. All parks offer a wide range of facilities and recreational opportunities. From hiking over breathtaking mountain trails to water-skiing on the Colorado River; to discovering the heritage of our County's past, the Parks System is fun for the entire family.
Jensen-Alvarado Ranch is an historic ranch completely restored to portray rural life. Cattle, sheep, chickens, rabbits, a duck pond and goats can be seen throughout the property. There are also citrus groves, peach, apricot and plum orchards, and a grape vineyard among the area. Jurupa Mountains Cultural Center is an earth science museum that provides horticulture information and Saturday field trips.
Escape the routine and take a peaceful break amidst birds, bees, blossoms and butterflies by visiting the UCR Botanic Gardens, 39 acres of flowers, trees, woods, and gardens. There are hiking trails, beautiful spots for picnics, and perfect places just to sit and meditate.
Riverside is in a position to provide valuable services on a cost-effective basis to benefit more than 300,000 students and 23 (K-12) school districts across the county. That means giving special help to deaf and hard of hearing children, educating students from migrant families and running the county History Day competition, and Riverside has the program and the people to do the job. The district touches the lives of literally thousands of students and their parents each day from Blythe to Corona, Temecula to San Bernardino. That's an area that is roughly the size of the state of New Jersey.
The county was formed in 1893 from a small portion of San Bernardino County and a larger part of San Diego County. Although the county marks its political beginnings in 1893, several Native American groups including the Serranos, the Luisenos, the Cupenos, the Chemehuevi, and the Cahuillas occupied the land long before Europeans and their descendants entered the areas.
In the late 18th century, the Spanish mission fathers of San Gabriel (Los Angeles County), San Juan Capistrano (Orange County), and San Luis Rey (San Diego) began colonizing the land and gradually used the interior valley (in what is now Western Riverside County) for raising grain and cattle. During this period, Spain claimed all of California and Mexico.
In 1822, Mexico successfully revolted against Spain, and California came under Mexican jurisdiction. The missions and their lands were secularized beginning in 1834 and the land was transferred as "grants" to Californians who were citizens of Mexico. The first land grant in what is now Riverside County, Rancho Jurupa, was given to Juan Bandini in 1838.
The county's early years were linked to the agriculture industry, but commerce, construction, manufacturing, transportation, and tourism soon took hold, contributing substantially to the region's rapid growth. Recent years have brought dramatic population growth to Riverside County. Between 1980 and 1990, the number of residents grew by over 76%, making Riverside the fastest-growing county in California. That growth continues today as families have flocked to the region seeking affordable housing.
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