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What began in late 2000 as -- a site intended primarily as a photographic journey around Inland Southern California -- eventually morphed into, an informal website created in mid-2006 with an emphasis on downtown Riverside and local history for the city of Riverside in general.

Your primary host, Glenn Edward Freeman, is a native of Riverside with a keen interest in urban planning, architecture and local history -- the seeds of which were planted at an early age as a kid trudging up Mt. Rubidoux overlooking downtown and the city below. Subsequent visits to the downtown pedestrian mall and the historic Mission Inn as well as venturing into the city's abundant orange groves, would later feed the seeds.

Riverside - Then & Now
Arcadia Publishing

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Glenn is a graduate of Riverside's La Sierra High School and attended Riverside Community College and UC Riverside, receiving Associate of Arts (1992) and Bachelor of Arts (1994) degrees respectively. Over the years, he has taken several courses in the Land Use and Environmental Planning certificate program at UC Riverside Extension.

In 2009, Glenn published a local history photo book: Riverside - Then & Now (Arcadia Publishing). He continues researching, posting and photographing tidbits about Riverside (as well as contemplating follow up books).

We hope you enjoy and also hope it inspires your own memories (be sure to leave comments!). And we're always looking for old photos. So please, if you have any you wish to share -- or simply have suggestions, ideas or even corrections and/or critiques (we don't claim to always be the experts!) -- please feel free to email: webmaster(at)raincrosssquare(dot)com.

Finally, this site is truly indebted to other local historians, both past and present, known and unknown. In particular, Joan Hall, Steve Lech and the late Esther Klotz and Tom Patterson have provided a wealth of local historical accounts and anecdotes. Be sure to check out the following links (one | two | three) for theirs and other related books. Likewise, various other websites are also dedicated to informing and capturing local Riverside history.


Note: All viewpoints expressed on this site, including comments, are the opinions of the respective authors only and do not reflect the views of other authors, employers, or third-party off-site links. This site does not accept paid advertising.


Is Riverside - Then & Now available at Barnes and Noble? Thanks :)

@Jason -- Yes, it's usually in stock at the Riverside Barnes & Noble (Galleria at Tyler) and can often be found at other nearby BNs. Also, several of the downtown museums (Metropolitan, Mission Inn, etc.) and a few small shops also carry copies (along with other local books). And of course, you can order it online too (Barnes & Noble or Amazon). Thanks for asking!

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