Historic Packing Houses and Other Industrial Structures in Southern California

Virtual Tour of San Bernardino County: Oak Glen

Copyright 2009 by James E. Lancaster, Ph.D.
Last update: March 9, 2009

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Oak Glen is in the hills east of Yucaipa, CA. It is well known in southern California as apple growing country and is the location of Los Rios Rancho.

Los Rios was first begun in 1906 when Howard L. Rivers, a grower, packer, and shipper from the Pasadena area purchased 
over 300 acres from Oak Glen pioneer Joe Wilshire, who had first settled in Oak Glen in 1871.

Rivers planted the largest apple orchards in all of Southern California, many of which are still in production today. Los Rios Ranch soon became known as the place to get truckloads of quality mile-high grown apples. Fruit from the ranch has been shipped locally and globally over the years. The operation expanded as the shift from wholesale packing/shipping to retailing took hold in the 1950s. Soon a sales barn and bakery were built, picnic areas developed and cider operations enhanced to make the most of the growing numbers of visitors, eager for mountain fresh apples and the things made from them.
(Excerpted from Rileys' Los Rios Rancho.)

These photos of the packing house at Los Rios Rancho were provided by John Sanders.


The packing house in the 1930s. It was built in 1906.
(John Sanders collection)


The packing house in 2007. (John Sanders photo)


The packing house in 2007. (John Sanders photo)

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