Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum

Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum Come by and visit us at the ranch! Between the historic exhibits in our museum and the original ranch house, there is plenty to see and do for all ages.
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JENSEN ALVARADO RANCH | RivCoParks
03/19/2021
JENSEN ALVARADO RANCH | RivCoParks

JENSEN ALVARADO RANCH | RivCoParks

Built by retired sea-captain Cornelius Jensen and his wife Mercedes Alvarado in the early 1870s, today this historic ranch preserves the rhythm of farm life from a time before even citrus was king. Now just 30-acres of what was once an expansive ranch, Riverside County has set aside an oasis of hist...

Stagecoach Stop Park at Gilman Ranch Outreach
02/16/2021
Stagecoach Stop Park at Gilman Ranch Outreach

Stagecoach Stop Park at Gilman Ranch Outreach

We want to hear your ideas! Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District (RivCoParks) is applying for funding to build a new Stagecoach Stop Park at Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum, and is seeking the public’s input on the project. RivCoParks is applying for grant funding through ...

Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District
12/30/2020

Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District

🎉 Happy New Year 🔔 to all from your RivCoParks staff. Wishing you good health and much happiness in the coming year!

Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District
12/23/2020

Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District

❄️ Here's a beautiful snowy scene of the Lily Creek waterfall in Idyllwild. Wishing you and yours very Happy Holidays from your RivCoParks staff.

⚠️ RivCoParks is seeking a volunteer camp host for the Historic Jensen-Alvarado Ranch and Museum.  If you are interested...
10/19/2020
JENSEN ALVARADO RANCH | RivCoParks

⚠️ RivCoParks is seeking a volunteer camp host for the Historic Jensen-Alvarado Ranch and Museum. If you are interested, please call (951) 955-2264 or e-mail [email protected]
https://www.rivcoparks.org/jensen-alvarado-ranch

Built by retired sea-captain Cornelius Jensen and his wife Mercedes Alvarado in the early 1870s, today this historic ranch preserves the rhythm of farm life from a time before even citrus was king. Now just 30-acres of what was once an expansive ranch, Riverside County has set aside an oasis of hist...

Meet Henry Jensen. He was one of the 10 children Cornelius and Mercedes raised. 10 children! Can you imagine having that...
07/31/2020

Meet Henry Jensen. He was one of the 10 children Cornelius and Mercedes raised. 10 children! Can you imagine having that many kids? When you lived on a ranch, having more children meant having more help doing the chores.

Cornelius Jensen was the patriarch of the Jensen family. He built more than just a ranch—he built a legacy that has last...
07/17/2020

Cornelius Jensen was the patriarch of the Jensen family. He built more than just a ranch—he built a legacy that has lasted over 100 years!

Tomorrow June 20th, is the first day of summer! I am sure we will soon all start feeling like dried out cacti in the mid...
06/19/2020

Tomorrow June 20th, is the first day of summer! I am sure we will soon all start feeling like dried out cacti in the middle of a desert sometime soon. Although we're not open yet, keep cool because it won't be long before we get to welcome you all back!

In this picture you can see pieces of farming equipment that were used when this was a working ranch. Farming brought fo...
06/05/2020

In this picture you can see pieces of farming equipment that were used when this was a working ranch. Farming brought food and security to the ranch.

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see ...
05/15/2020

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music” – Albert Einstein. Music is a beautiful thing, isn’t it?. The piano pictured here belonged to Mercedes Alvarado in the late 1800’s and can still play music today! Schedule a tour this Saturday May 16th and take a closer look at the ranch. We’ll be open between 10 a.m. and 4 pm. Entry is only $4 for adults and $3 for kids. If you would like a guided tour for $5 per person, call us at (951) 369-6055!

P.S. What is your favorite song to play on the piano? Comment Below!

04/08/2020

At home in quarantine? Take 10 minutes to watch this video about how Cornelius Jensen prevented an outbreak of smallpox in 1885. The site is no stranger to infectious diseases. This was a sad, but enlightening, chapter in the history of the site. #COVID19 #Coronavirus #quarantine

For our residents in need, we're in this together.
04/02/2020

For our residents in need, we're in this together.

⚠️ RivCoParks has been working to help those who are
experiencing limited options to shelter safely during COVID-19. Medical workers & essential workers seeking safe shelter away from family and loved ones are welcome to stay with us. Campers & RVers with no other safe shelter options continue to be accepted. Standard rates apply. Call 800-234-PARK (7275)

Riverside County Park and Open Space District
03/26/2020

Riverside County Park and Open Space District

Where are the oranges going? These beauties have just been harvested from the old groves of RivCoParks Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch, AND they are going to... Riverside County seniors! 😀

We'd love to have you visit, but you will have to wait. We're closed to the public thru April 30, 2020. Thank you for yo...
03/19/2020

We'd love to have you visit, but you will have to wait. We're closed to the public thru April 30, 2020. Thank you for your understanding & patience. We'll be back! #RivCoNow #coronavirus

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other” – Abraham Lincoln. This was t...
03/06/2020

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other” – Abraham Lincoln. This was the kind of spirit that the Jensens had when they built this ranch in 1865. We’ll be open between 10 a.m. and 4 pm. Entry is only $4 for adults and $3 for kids. Call us at (951) 369-6055 to book a guided tour for only $5 per person!

The Board of Supervisors for San Bernardino County, Cornelius Jensen is featured in the front row third from the left. C...
02/14/2020

The Board of Supervisors for San Bernardino County, Cornelius Jensen is featured in the front row third from the left. Come down to the Jensen Alvarado Historic Ranch & Museum to learn more about the impact he made on the county! We’ll be open between 10 a.m. and 4 pm. Entry is only $4 for adults and $3 for kids. If you would like a guided tour for $5 per person, call us at (951) 369-6055!

What an adorable find! This picture of a family of tortoises comes from our collection, we hope that you come by and vis...
01/31/2020

What an adorable find! This picture of a family of tortoises comes from our collection, we hope that you come by and visit us this Saturday with your family at the Jensen Alvarado Historic Ranch & Museum. We’ll be open between 10 a.m. and 4 pm. Entry is only $4 for adults and $3 for kids. If you would like a guided tour for $5 per person, call us at (951) 369-6055!

Whether by car or wagon, come down to the Jensen Alvarado Historic Ranch & Museum this Saturday for a tour of the ranch ...
01/17/2020

Whether by car or wagon, come down to the Jensen Alvarado Historic Ranch & Museum this Saturday for a tour of the ranch and enjoy a picnic under our beautiful pepper trees. We’ll be open between 10 a.m. and 4 pm. Entry is only $4 for adults and $3 for kids. If you would like a guided tour for $5 per person, call us at (951) 369-6055!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! This picture of the Jensen family was taken on the front porch of their house on Chr...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! This picture of the Jensen family was taken on the front porch of their house on Christmas day 1891! We hope that all of you enjoy the holidays and take time to capture a photo with your own family!

Looking to do something fun this Saturday? Come graze on through and take a look at the Jensen Alvarado Historic House &...
12/20/2019

Looking to do something fun this Saturday? Come graze on through and take a look at the Jensen Alvarado Historic House & museum! We’ll be open between 10 a.m. and 4 pm. Entry is only $4 for adults and $3 for kids. If you would like a guided tour for $5 per person, call us at (951) 369-6055!

We're excited to share the stories of local Latino families! Do you have a family heirloom you'd be willing to share? Pl...
12/07/2019

We're excited to share the stories of local Latino families! Do you have a family heirloom you'd be willing to share? Please PM us, call, email for more information.

Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum's cover photo
12/07/2019

Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum's cover photo

Take a look at this good boy! His picture comes straight from our collection I think his excitement is because the Jense...
12/06/2019

Take a look at this good boy! His picture comes straight from our collection I think his excitement is because the Jensen Alvarado Historic Ranch & Museum will be open this Saturday! Comment below on why you think he looks so excited.

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that everyone experiences a wonderful holiday. We would also like to inform you that we are ...
11/26/2019

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that everyone experiences a wonderful holiday. We would also like to inform you that we are closed for the week of Thanksgiving but will reopen on 12/03/2019 resuming our normal schedule.

Meet the Alvarado family, second from the left is Mercedes Alvarado the matriarch of our ranch. Family was an important ...
11/01/2019

Meet the Alvarado family, second from the left is Mercedes Alvarado the matriarch of our ranch. Family was an important value for her and it still is to us today. Come visit with the whole family and be our guest this Saturday at the Jensen Alvarado Historic Ranch & Museum.

Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum's cover photo
10/24/2019

Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum's cover photo

Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum's cover photo
10/18/2019

Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum's cover photo

What are you doing Saturday October 19? How about go to our sister site, Hidden Valley Nature Center, and join us for Ar...
10/11/2019

What are you doing Saturday October 19? How about go to our sister site, Hidden Valley Nature Center, and join us for Archaeology Days! We'll be there with fun crafts for kids.

Come out today for your last chance to see the Civil War Reenactment! Open from now until 4:30 p.m. $5 per person
09/29/2019

Come out today for your last chance to see the Civil War Reenactment! Open from now until 4:30 p.m. $5 per person

President Lincoln's here and the weather is beautiful for a reenactment. Battles today at 11 and 3!
09/28/2019

President Lincoln's here and the weather is beautiful for a reenactment. Battles today at 11 and 3!

09/28/2019

We're braving the weather all day today for the Civil War Reenactment from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. today and tomorrow!

09/06/2019
Riverside County Park and Open Space District

Riverside County Park and Open Space District

Learn more about the American Civil War - Come to Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch for a special reenactment event featuring over 100 actors outfitted in authentic gear, plus President Licoln's address and a real cannon firing!

09/05/2019
Riverside County Park and Open Space District

Riverside County Park and Open Space District

Learn more about the American Civil War - Come to Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch for a special reenactment event featuring over 100 actors outfitted in authentic gear, plus President Licoln's address and a real cannon firing!

Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum's cover photo
09/04/2019

Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum's cover photo

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4307 Briggs St
Riverside, CA
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A Historic, Rural Oasis in a Growing City

Built by retired sea-captain Cornelius Jensen and his wife Mercedes Alvarado in the early 1870s, today this historic ranch preserves the rhythm of farm life from a time before even citrus was king. Now just 30-acres of what was once an expansive ranch, Riverside County has set aside an oasis of historic farmland in the ever-growing city of Jurupa Valley. Visitors to our site can wander through our orchards, feed our resident farm animals, or just walk through the historic ranch house.

We host school tours throughout the school year. Students on our tour learn about farm life in the 1880s, get to try their hand at making butter, ice cream and tortillas. And they have to do some laundry while they’re at it--it can’t all be fun and games! The content of the tour touches on the social science standards for grades 3 and 4, although all ages and grades are welcome. Contact us to set up a tour time--but know that we book up fast.

The site is open to the public the first and third Saturday of every month from 10 until 4.

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Hoped to stop by today with my family but gates were locked. ☹️
Tomorrow, Saturday March 3rd, is our First Saturdays program at Jensen Ranch. Tour visitors can also make a honeycomb candle to take home, from real honeycomb!