Riverside’s oldest resident: a debate between faith and farming

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The title of “oldest building” in Riverside sparks an intriguing debate. For sheer longevity, the Trujillo Adobe stands out. Built around 1862 by a Spanish family, it predates Riverside’s official founding by several years. This adobe brick structure hints at Riverside’s early Hispanic heritage and its transformation from ranch land to a planned city. However, history buffs might argue for the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, established in 1881.

This Gothic Revival church, though not the oldest structure, represents Riverside’s early development and enduring spirit. Regardless, both sites offer a charming glimpse into the diverse threads woven into Riverside’s history.

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