Returning as promised to the subject of Riverside’s Chinese pioneers, I explore the subject of the city’s original Chinatowns, going back to the 1870s, in Wednesday’s column. The first and second such neighborhoods were forced out by city fathers, but the third one lasted nearly a century. That site, now vacant, is eyed for a park one day.
I attend a quiet ceremony in a Riverside cemetery to honor the Chinese immigrants from the late 19th and early 20th century who are buried there, a story told in Wednesday’s column.
Catching up on my mail, I summarize some comments about Riverside’s Mount Rubidoux and others about the Claremont shoe cobbler, as well as present a desert-themed brief item, all in Wednesday’s column.
Trivia note: My initial Rubidoux column was my most-read online in January, and my two follow-ups were likewise my most-read in February and March. I can’t explain it, but I won’t fight it.
I return to the topic of the paved paths up and down Riverside’s Mount Rubidoux, still astonished that motorists once had the run of them. This time I have some facts about the matter besides anecdotes (but I have those too). Also, a reader shares a funny typo from a former workplace, and an award is won. All the above is in Sunday’s column.
In a series of items, I share a reader comment about the days when you could drive up Mount Rubidoux, and a hiking video in which the hiker pooh-poohs the whole thing. Then I write about the importance to journalists of spelling names correctly, followed by some historical perspective on the weather. All that is in Sunday’s column.
I follow up my recent column on Riverside’s parent navel orange tree by gathering up reader questions, comments and lore, with answers and wisecracks by yours truly, in Friday’s column. Plus, at no extra charge, a “brIEfly” closing item.
I visited with the homeowner who has the “Recall Newsome” sign in her yard at her invitation. She knows it’s misspelled but accepted the sign because of its message. We have a friendly chat in Sunday’s column.
Riverside’s claim to citrus fame comes from the parent Washington navel orange tree, the 1873 tree that launched a California industry. The tree continues to thrive despite a bacteria-carrying insect that could kill it if it got in striking range. That’s why a tent-like structure now shrouds the tree: to keep the insect out. I pay a visit for Friday’s column.
A misspelled yard sign in Riverside urging “Recall Newsome” kicks off Friday’s column, followed by highlights of my recent visit to downtown Riverside and, while I’m at it, a short plea for two 1964 Riverside newspapers.
Have you hiked Mount Rubidoux in Riverside? I hadn’t, but now I have, an outing I recount in Friday’s column.