Riverside Public Library


Indexes to Local History Books & Periodicals

The High Country

Catalog Record

The quarterly publication, published 1967-84, offers history, lore and other commentary on the Temecula Valley and surrounding areas, including the Perris Valley, Lake Elsinore and Northern San Diego County.


History of Riverside City and County by John Raymond Gabbert

Catalog Record

An account of Riverside County as a whole, with an emphasis is on the period 1915-1935. Documents the rise of agriculture and the resort industry in the desert areas. See the Local History Bibliography for more information about this title.


History of Riverside County, California by Elmer Wallace Holmes

Catalog Record

Full title: History of Riverside County, California: with biographical sketches of the leading men and women of the county who have been identified with its growth and development from the early days to the present / history by Elmer Wallace Holmes and other well known writers. Published in 1912. See the Local History Bibliography for more information about this title.


Riverside 1870-1940, by Steve Lech

Catalog Record

This recent edition on Riverside History offers an illustrated history of the city with information gathered from the library's Local History Resource Center.


Riverside in Vintage Postcards:

Catalog Record

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.


Resorts of Riverside County:

Catalog Record

For all the faults attributed to the San Andreas, its one very soothing aspect has been an enormous spider web of cracks spreading throughout the geologic formations of what became Riverside County. These fissures yielded springs and grottos of warm waters to which thankful pioneers and snake-oil salesmen alike attributed curative powers. In the 20th century, vacationers seeking relaxation, together with those afflicted with a myriad of maladies, came to Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Glen Ivy, Murrieta Hot Springs, and a dozen other wide places in the road to bathe in the balmy waters beneath desert breezes.