Local Riverside historian, author, and Press-Enterprise columnist, Steve Lech, wrote about California’s bicentennial celebration in Riverside for George Washington’s birthday, on February 22, 1932. On that day, local groups including the Aurantia Chapter of the DAR, planted trees in the northeast corner of Central Junior High. The Rubidoux Chapter of the DAR dedicated eight new trees to the Bicentennial Grove in March of 1932, and a plaque was added at the same time. The plaque is there today as well as some of the trees planted that year.
Submitted by: Kathleen Dever