Historic Packing Houses and Other Industrial Structures in Southern California
Virtual Tour of Riverside County: Riverside
Copyright 2002 by James E. Lancaster, Ph.D.
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Riverside (ATSF, SP, UP, PE)
National Orange Company Sunkist packing house, built in 1898, was said
to be the oldest, continuously operating packing house in the US. The
building was on the east side of Commerce Street at 6th Street and
faced the Santa Fe main line through Riverside, about two blocks north
of the station. The packing house is shown below as it
appeared in 2000. Click on the photo to open a new web page with many
additional photos and other information about the packing house.
James Lancaster Photo
There were many other interesting buildings along Commerce Street. Two are mentioned here. The building across 6th street to the north was at one time Lerner's Riverside Grain Milling Company (Photo-JL). This building at 4th Street was at one time used for kerosene storage by Standard Oil (Photo-JL). Both buildings were served by rail at one time.
Many more photos of packing houses and other industrial buildings in Riverside will be added to this web page later in 2008.
Page last updated February 3, 2008.
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