Postcard: Beautiful Riverside, California

Postcard: Beautiful Riverside, California

Here’s an aerial view from approximately 1960 over downtown Riverside. The view is looking north from Fourteenth Street, with the intersection of Fourteenth and Market/Magnolia at bottom-left.

Ca. 1960 - Downtown Riverside

Ca. 1960 – Downtown Riverside

At top-right is the then relatively new Riverside Freeway (Highway 91), with southbound off-ramp at Seventh Street (now Mission Inn Avenue) and southbound on-ramp at Ninth Street (currently being re-configured to enter the freeway at Tenth Street).

Notice the lack of today’s modern, mid-rise buildings, which began with the 5-story County Health building (@1961/62) and 8-story, former Citizen’s/Crocker Bank building (1965). Also not yet present is the Main Street pedestrian mall, which replaced four blocks of Main Street in 1966.

Notable in the postcard as well are:

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