page created 9th November 2012
Theodore Roosevelt at the Mission Inn, Riverside, California, 1903. Original Caption: PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT REPLANTING THE ORIGINAL NAVEL ORANGE TREE IN FRONT OF THE OLD ADOBE AND CAMPANILE GLENWOOD HOTEL WHERE HE SPENT THE NIGHT OF MAY 7, 1903.
Both photos from:
Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center
Parent Washington Navel Tree at the Mission Inn, Riverside, California, early 1900s. Handwritten on reverse:
PARENT WASHINGTON NAVEL ORANGE TREE. COURT OF THE GLENWOOD MISSION INN, RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA.
'Parent Tree Brand' - orange crate label 1900-1910
The Magnolia Avenue tree taken around 1902, not long after planting.
Orange Public Library Local History Collection
'Parent Tree Brand' - orange crate label 1910-1920
The same tree in the 1960's
part 2 - A selection of historic images
Eliza Tibbets who introduced the first two trees to Riverside, and Luther Tibbets, owner & grower
Now a residential area, this historic marker is at the corner of Navel Court and Central Avenue, Riverside, California.
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Parent Washington Navel - part 1
The tree shown above, and its successor at the Mission Inn, eventually died from phytophthera.
The second tree, shown below and described on the previous page - Parent Washington Navel part 1 - still survives and thrives.