Riverside, home of the Mission Hotel, California's earliest history and... Granite, yes, granite says a lot, already!
Rebeca Jane Lannon talked about the dairies in Eastvale. She related how she used to drive to Ontario and stop at the smell of cows, triggering memories that in turn took her back to Mexico and her childhood. Today, Eastvale is nothing but a bedroom community with houses starting in the low three hundred thousand.
And where did the cows go, one may ask? Some dairy farms can still be seen in San Jacinto. We accidentally ran into one dairy farm, while searching for a local monument, Cottonwood Dairy.
Owners and workers of Cottonwood said the developments around the dairy took the space used to raise cattle in the past.
As houses spring, so suddenly, one might guess where investors want to put their money. And while the partners of the dairy vowed never to sell, it is not far fetched to assume that the last of California cows is what we saw in San Jacinto, in the spring of 2014.
I started working the Western End of Riverside County in 2013. A fascinating local history can only be paired with a burgeoning urban center showing the fastest growth in the entire US since 2012.