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There is Beauty in the Desert: Riverside, California through Pictures

Updated on September 26, 2012
Canyon Crest Towne Centre.
Canyon Crest Towne Centre. | Source

Eddie Money - Think I'm in love (Filmed at the Mission Inn)

It is quite customary to think of the desert as a barren piece of landscape; the last place that you would want to bring your camera due to its lack of beauty. However, this is further from the truth. There is actually a lot of beauty to be found. You just have to know how to look for it.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

This article was inspired by Vinaya Ghimire's hubs about Nepal. It was great to learn about his country through his words and photography. What better way to learn about history and culture than from an individual that is actually living there, not in a textbook with only the facts. In this piece, I will share some information about my city.

Riverside is located in southern California about 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Before the White Settlers settled here, it was home to Cahuilla and Serrano Indians. In 1870, Riverside was founded by Abolitionist John W. North. Between the years of 1848 to 1855, many people headed to northern California to strike it rich. This time period was known as the Gold Rush. In the early 1900s, a second gold rush hit California in the form of citrus.

Riverside is the birthplace of the citrus industry in California.

In 1871, the first citrus trees were planted in Riverside; however, it wasn’t until Eliza Tibbets planted two Brazilian navel orange trees in 1873 that they found the right type of citrus tree that would thrive in the southern California climate. By 1882, almost half of the half million citrus trees in southern California were located in Riverside. One of the two parent trees that was brought here from Brazil still thrives in Riverside on the corner of Magnolia and Arlington. The second tree was replanted in 1903 at the Mission Inn by President Theodore Roosevelt. Sadly, it died in 1922.

Riverside is also famous for the Mission Inn Hotel. The original building was known as “Glenwood Cottage,” an adobe boarding house built by civil engineer Christopher Columbus Miller in 1876. His son, Frank Miller, changed the name to the Mission Inn in 1902. He spent 30 years of his life constructing this hotel. Mr. Miller also traveled the world collecting artifacts for his hotel. The Mission Inn is famous for having countless presidents and celebrities stay in her rooms. Films and music videos have been shot at the hotel as well.

Another famous landmark in Riverside is the Fox Theater. It was built in 1929. In 1939, Riverside was the first in the world to see the first showing of “Gone with the Wind.” This version was uncut and did not have a musical score. The film was shot in my wife’s hometown in Culver City, California. On a similar note, 1938’s “Idiots Delight” with Clark Gable had scenes shot at the Mission Inn Hotel. He also stayed at the hotel. One of my favorite bands, Tears For Fears, filmed a music video at the Mission Inn in the 90s.

In 2009, the Fox Theater was renovated. It had its re-grand opening in January of 2010, featuring Sheryl Crow as its first performer.

I have to say that the theater is absolutely gorgeous. My wife and I were fortunate enough to see a show there. We saw the B52s play there last year. It was a fun show. I can’t wait to see more shows in the future.

Riverside also offers some other interesting facts. California’s first junior college began in Riverside. It also was the first city in southern California to have a golf course and polo field. It also held the first interdenominational Easter Sunday service on Mount Rubidoux.

Although Riverside is considered a semi-desert, there is a lot of beauty for the taking. Shift your focus from only looking at the flaws and you’ll be amazed by what you see. Apply this wisdom to your life and watch it take off.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”


California Citrus State Historical Park

Mission Inn Hotel

Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside, California

California Citrus Park.  Riverside, California.
California Citrus Park. Riverside, California. | Source
UCR Botanical Gardens.
UCR Botanical Gardens. | Source
Riverwalk | Source
Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center.
Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center. | Source
UCR Botanical Gardens.
UCR Botanical Gardens. | Source
Mount Rubidoux World Peace Bridge and Castle.
Mount Rubidoux World Peace Bridge and Castle. | Source
Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center.
Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center. | Source
Canyon Crest Towne Centre.
Canyon Crest Towne Centre. | Source
California Citrus Park.  Riverside, California.
California Citrus Park. Riverside, California. | Source
Riverwalk. | Source
California Citrus Park.  Riverside, California.
California Citrus Park. Riverside, California. | Source
Canyon Crest Towne Centre.
Canyon Crest Towne Centre. | Source


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      Terry Fatland 6 years ago from Southern California

      No need to feel sorry, my friend. There are so many great writers on Hub Pages that it is impossible to read everything they put out.

      It is amazing how every place has a story to tell. I enjoyed learning about your country. California is a fascinating place. There are still many places that I would like to visit.

      It was my pleasure to share a little history about my city. Broadway sounds wonderful! We have a lot of great theater shows in my city.

      You are welcome, Vinaya. It brings me great pleasure to mention your writings and photos with others. You are one of the kindest and supportive people I have met on Hub Pages.

      Thanks for visiting southern California.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      I feel sorry that I did not find this wonderful hub until you shared the link with me. The pictures are amazing, they tell about lots of things, because a single picture worth thousand words.

      Ever since I began reading history, America has always fascinate me. Someday I wish to visit the county. See plays at the Off Broadway, and the fascinating California.

      Thanks for sharing the history that have I never read.

      Thanks for honoring me.

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      Terry Fatland 6 years ago from Southern California

      Hi Sandy. Great to see you here! I'm glad you loved the photos. I hope you enjoyed the photos of UCR's Botanical Gardens. Marilyn and I love going there. We enjoy walking through nature; and it's also fun to see the turtles and fishes there too. :)

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      Sandy Fatland 6 years ago

      Love the photos Terry!

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      Terry Fatland 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Phyllis. I'm glad you liked the hub. It's wonderful that you can see the beauty in the desert too. There is a lot of beautiful treasures that nature offers. Every place is unique and different. I love capturing the beauty of nature on film and then sharing it with others.

      I appreciate you voting the hub up and beautiful.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 6 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Beautiful pictures, Terry. There truly is beauty in the desert. I live in the high desert of Nevada and the natural beauty of the desert is rarely appreciated by those who are just driving through. The flora and fauna must be looked for to truly appreciate what is often seen as desolate land. There are subtle hues of color just waiting to be noticed. Great hub. Voted up and beautiful.


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