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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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

04/23/2019
2019 High School Foster Youth Senior Portrait Day

We were happy to host this event for Riverside County Department of Public Social Services!

Next time you're planning an event, check us out!

Better yet, come to our Kick-off Party at the Ranch next Thursday to learn more!

http://ow.ly/aIAT50rlQ9H

See how volunteers stepped up to help Riverside foster youth who are graduating this spring. Volunteers, which include a crew of makeup artists and hair styl...

Our fruit trees are in bloom! Who would have known that Jurupa Valley has this little oasis of farmland in the heart of ...
03/27/2019

Our fruit trees are in bloom! Who would have known that Jurupa Valley has this little oasis of farmland in the heart of its city?

We pass a lot down to our children. Family traditions are some of the best things we give them. The Jensen-Alvarado fami...
03/20/2019

We pass a lot down to our children. Family traditions are some of the best things we give them. The Jensen-Alvarado family had many family traditions, and many more family heirlooms. Pictured here is Veola Jensen Pittam wearing the shawl of her grandmother, Mercedes Alvarado.

Do you have a favorite heirloom from your family?

We're excited to announce the start of our new project: Familia y Tradiciones! Thanks to a national grant, we will be re...
03/14/2019

We're excited to announce the start of our new project: Familia y Tradiciones! Thanks to a national grant, we will be researching and planning a new exhibition on site that explores the traditions Mercedes Alvarado passed down to her children and grandchildren here at the ranch.

With the help of a lot of community groups, we will also be hosting public events this year and next leading up to the opening of the exhibition in fall of 2020. Keep your eyes open for more news!

Happy National Mason Jar Day! The Jensen family used these jars for their many homemade jams. We still have some peach  ...
11/30/2018

Happy National Mason Jar Day! The Jensen family used these jars for their many homemade jams. We still have some peach and fig trees on the property that make for some good jamming!
Photos Courtesy of Brandon Saglam

"Historic Riverside County" is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. In this FREE app, you can exp...
10/31/2018

"Historic Riverside County" is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. In this FREE app, you can explore the historic landmarks in your own backyard! With over 100 landmarks throughout Riverside County, you're bound to find one near you!

10/26/2018
Riverside County Park and Open Space District

Riverside County Park and Open Space District

Join us for our first ever Harvest Festival at Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum taking place on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults are only $4 and children are $3!

Come see Jack and his mom Rosie on November 3rd for our Harvest Festival! There will be plenty of photo opportunities wi...
10/12/2018

Come see Jack and his mom Rosie on November 3rd for our Harvest Festival! There will be plenty of photo opportunities with these two!
Photo Courtesy of Brandon Saglam

Did you know that the placement of a donkey's eyes in its head enables it to see all four of its feet at all times? That...
08/22/2018

Did you know that the placement of a donkey's eyes in its head enables it to see all four of its feet at all times? That explains their ninja-like back-kicks if you try to mess with their hooves. Our farrier is a brave man!
Photo Courtesy of Brandon Saglam

Today feels like a lazy "sit on the porch and sip a lemonade" kind of day. On the left is the porch at Gilman Ranch and ...
08/18/2018

Today feels like a lazy "sit on the porch and sip a lemonade" kind of day. On the left is the porch at Gilman Ranch and Wagon Museum and Jensen-Alvarado's is on the right. We have benches set up on both porches--come take a load off!
Photos Courtesy of Brandon Saglam

How does your house's wallpaper compare to that of the Jensen-Alvarados? Although it may look like a single pattern, the...
08/06/2018

How does your house's wallpaper compare to that of the Jensen-Alvarados? Although it may look like a single pattern, the wallpaper on that ceiling are actually made of 7 different types, pasted together in this unique pattern!
Photos Courtesy of Brandon Saglam

Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum's cover photo
07/31/2018

Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum's cover photo

Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum
07/31/2018

Jensen-Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum

07/31/2018
Save the date! November 3, from 10AM until 3PM. It's our inaugural event and we're so excited to see our neighbors. Jack...
07/26/2018

Save the date! November 3, from 10AM until 3PM. It's our inaugural event and we're so excited to see our neighbors. Jack and Rosie--our resident donkeys--are excited too (they love taking photos with people).

Remember to stop by on Saturday for your chance to make your own adobe brick--and take it home too!
07/02/2018

Remember to stop by on Saturday for your chance to make your own adobe brick--and take it home too!

Remember to stop by on Saturday July 7 for your chance to make your own adobe brick--and take it home too!
06/20/2018

Remember to stop by on Saturday July 7 for your chance to make your own adobe brick--and take it home too!

See you this Saturday for National Trail Day out at Jensen!
05/29/2018

See you this Saturday for National Trail Day out at Jensen!

With over 30 acres of orange groves, historic farm equipment and open space, we have a lot to explore at Jensen-Alvarado...
05/21/2018

With over 30 acres of orange groves, historic farm equipment and open space, we have a lot to explore at Jensen-Alvarado Historic Park. Why not use National Trail Day as an excuse to get out of the house and visit us?

We're so excited to announce the release of Historic Riverside County Map Tour--a free app available now in Google Play....
05/10/2018

We're so excited to announce the release of Historic Riverside County Map Tour--a free app available now in Google Play. Over 125 historic landmarks in Riverside County are mapped out and ready for you and your family to explore. More sites will be added in the coming months and the Apple version will be coming soon.

The app was created in celebration of the county's 125th anniversary by the Riverside County Historical Commission and us at Rivco Parks.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.esri.HistoricRiversideCounty

Come join us this Saturday for our First Saturday Craft. This month, we'll be decorating maracas in celebration of Cinco...
05/03/2018

Come join us this Saturday for our First Saturday Craft. This month, we'll be decorating maracas in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. This craft is free with your $4 day use fee!

Supplies limited so be sure to come early. The craft will run from 11AM until 3PM

The first 25 visitors will receive a free potted tomato plant to kick-start their own tiny garden (limited to one plant ...
04/20/2018

The first 25 visitors will receive a free potted tomato plant to kick-start their own tiny garden (limited to one plant per adult). Space is limited for this tiny workshop so be sure to show up early!

The class runs from 11:00 AM until Noon and the first 25 visitors walk away with a free tomato plant!!
04/14/2018

The class runs from 11:00 AM until Noon and the first 25 visitors walk away with a free tomato plant!!

04/06/2018

Just a reminder that we will be open tomorrow from 10 AM until 4 PM, but that our hands-on craft this month will be on April 21. See you tomorrow!

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4307 Briggs St
Rubidoux, CA
92509

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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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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!