Riverside has been a vital center of agriculture and government throughout the growth of Southern California. Postcards sent from this city to those far away usually depict it as a resort, situated on the western edge of the Colorado Desert, where the historic Mission Inn has been a vacation destination for generations. Illustrating many facets of this world-renowned, garden-like gathering spot, these attractive images also showcase Riverside's Main Street, public buildings, parks, broad avenues, the sharply rising Mt. Rubidoux on the edge of town, and the influence of the citrus industry.
About the Author
In this new retrospective, author Steve Lech has compiled more than 200 postcards to chronicle the city's history as, among other things, the birthplace of the navel orange industry. In addition, he has researched and written on many aspects of the history of both the city and county of Riverside, and is the author of Along the Old Roads—A History of the Portion of Southern California That Became Riverside County, 1772–1893.