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Riverside in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Mount Rubidoux

 
 
Mount Rubidoux Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sharon N. Goodman, March 12, 2010
1. Mount Rubidoux Marker
Inscription. With the backing of Southern Pacific Railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington, Mount Rubidoux was purchased by Frank Miller of the Mission Inn in 1906, in an attempt to beautify the mountain and to sell residential lots at its base, a road was built and vegetation planted, and a cross erected. The nation's first annual outdoor Easter sunrise service was initiated in 1909 and inspired similar programs across the country. The Peace Tower was built in 1925. Arthur Benton Architect.
 
Erected by Cultural Heritage Board, City of Riverside. (Marker Number No. 26.)
 
Location. 33° 58.961′ N, 117° 23.479′ W. Marker is in Riverside, California, in Riverside County. Marker can be reached from Rubidoux Drive 2.5 miles west of 9th Street. Click for map. Marker is located at the entrance to the park. Marker is in this post office area: Riverside CA 92501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mission Inn (approx. 1.1 miles away); Robidoux Grist Mill Site
Mount Rubidoux image. Click for full size.
By Sharon N. Goodman
2. Mount Rubidoux
The County Historical Marker No.7 Plaque is seen mounted on the rock at the top of the steps.
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Jensen-Alvarado Ranch (approx. 1.6 miles away); The First Marsh Grapefruit Trees into California (approx. 2.6 miles away); Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree (approx. 2.6 miles away); De Anza Crossing of the Santa Ana River (approx. 2.9 miles away); Agua Mansa (approx. 3.3 miles away); Highgrove Hydroelectric Plant (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Riverside.
 
More about this marker. This is located inside a pedestrian park. It is a 2.5 mile walk up a mountain to view it. Suggest comfortable shoes and bottled water.
 
Also see . . .  A Memorial to Mount Rubidoux. An essay regarding the history and surrounding area of Mt. Rubidoux by William Drysdale. (Submitted on March 16, 2010.) 
 
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County Historical Marker #007 Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Sharon N. Goodman
3. County Historical Marker #007 Plaque
Mount Rubidoux
Atop this hill the outdoor Easter Sunrise Service tradition began in 1909. The founder of Riverside viewed arid land soon to become green. It is named for Louis Rubidoux, who raised cattle and colonized around it under Mexican and US flags. Upon it are many shrines and monuments such as the Peace Tower dedicated to Frank A. Miller.
The Beginning of Civilization in California Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Sharon N. Goodman
4. The Beginning of Civilization in California Plaque

Fr. Junipero Serra
Apostle
Legislator
Builder

To commemorate his good
works this tablet is here
placed

Unveiled by
William Howard Taft Twenty seventh President
of the
United States October 12 AD 1909
View of cross at top of Mount Rubidoux image. Click for full size.
By Sharon N. Goodman
5. View of cross at top of Mount Rubidoux
View of the Peace Tower at the top of Mount Rubidoux image. Click for full size.
By Sharon N. Goodman
6. View of the Peace Tower at the top of Mount Rubidoux
Mount Rubidoux Old Post Card image. Click for full size.
circa 1920's
7. Mount Rubidoux Old Post Card
Summit of Rubidoux Mountain Riverside, California 5945 on the road of a thousand wonders. From the early 1920's in my grandfathers collection.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sharon N. Goodman of Round Rock, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,300 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Sharon N. Goodman of Round Rock, Texas.   7. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Exact GPS Coordinates. Coordinates shown are estimates. • Wide area view of marker and its surroundings. • Close Up photo of the plaque seen on the Peace Tower in Photo #6 • Can you help?
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