Why Is Riverside Called Riverside?

Like, is there even a river?

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Why is it called Riverside? Is there a river?

There’s often more brush than water in the Santa Ana River, which starts near Big Bear and winds alongside Riverside on its 100-mile journey to Huntington Beach.

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The area used to be called “Jurupa,” a word derived from the name of the California sagebrush common in the area. But apparently it was too hard to pronounce for New Yorker John North, who arrived to set up the town in 1870 and picked a name that played up the nearby water supply.


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