Riverside & the Mission Inn

Chico’s my hometown…. my ‘grown-up’ hometown…..if I can say I’ve grown up.
But my childhood hometown is Riverside, California. I’ve been there a few times recently and I’d like to share a few pictures of it with you because I think it’s beautiful. Well, old downtown is beautiful, anyway….. 😉  Whenever I’m in Riverside, I must go to the Mission Inn.  I love it.  It holds a place in my heart.  When I was in high school the Inn was quite run down.  Friends and I used to roam around inside the building, exploring through tunnels and doorways.  From what I understand it was being considered for demolition because of its state of disrepair.  Thankfully, that never happened.  I don’t know the detailed history of it (and have found surprisingly little about it online), but from what I’ve heard, someone with a wad of cash came along (I believe some time in the 1990’s or early 2000’s) and saved the day, basically and returned it to its original purpose: a hotel.  It was never an actual mission.
Construction began in 1902 and took 30 years to complete.  Its architecture is modeled after the Spanish/Moorish style.  Here are a few pics of the outside.  While I used to run around freely in the place years ago, it now costs $$ to gain a ‘tour’ of the inside.  It’s all hoity toity now, but…..at least it’s preserved and I’m grateful for that.

These mission bells are Riverside’s city symbol.  You see them everywhere.




The building looks pink because the sun was shining quite brightly and, as you can just barely see at the bottom of the picture to the left, there were red umbrellas which reflected pink light onto the building.

7Beautiful, yes?


Here begins a sort of 360° view beginning at the rear side of the dome….if that makes any sense…..

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI love this bridge.  It stems from the Mission Inn itself (at the right) to a building which name I ought to know by now, but don’t (at the left).12

Pepper trees abound in Riverside.  I just love them.  They really do have a bit of a peppery aroma when they’re in bud.  Very lacy.  Very grand trees.



This one’s growing through an opening in the building near the bridge.

1415One last thing…..KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA…Victoria Avenue.  I used to drive down this road to go to my high school (which is just out of the shot to the left).  Work is being done to put the electrical lines underground, thankfully.  I love this road.  Lots of memories here.  I have an orange crate label of this road which looks like this:
17This picture was also used on the Warner Brothers record label for years, as in this example:

18One Nation Under a Groove…..oh yeaaaahhhh!

6 thoughts on “Riverside & the Mission Inn

  1. Hi!

    I’m sorry but what I want to ask is not really connected with the post above but I just need to be sure you’ll read it :).

    Anyway, I’ve seen on your website that you taught English in Thai Binh. I would like to ask you about your opinion about it since I’m about to make my choice and de cide whether to go there and teach English. I’m not sure because I’m afraid the city is too small and boring, I’d prefer to live in Hanoi, for instance. However, I was offered a job there and I don’t know what to do.

    I would be very grateful if you gave me a piece of advice – my e-mail is (I took this out for her privacy).

    All the best ,


    P.S Your blog is really interesting! 🙂


  2. Hi Jan

    It’s been such a long time since I’ve been in touch… so much has been going on!
    Anyway, great pictures of Riverside, it made me immediately go on Google Maps to get a handle on where Riverside is, in relation to places I know(and have been to).
    Now I want to go there!

    I hope life’s being good to you and all’s well with you and yours.



    1. Dave! Hi! So happy to hear from you. I’ve missed you. (:

      Well, as much as I love my hometown, I don’t know that it would be worth the long trip from England all by itself (but you could always come up north and do some visiting in the Bay Area, too!), but thanks for your kind comment. It does have some interesting history, though….and Little Richard lives there….hey!

      Anyway, I do hope you’re well. I think of you and Max and Em and Jack often.

      Take good care.



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