If you have ever spent time in the downtown area, you will have noticed the Raincross Symbol decorating buildings, light posts, city signs, and even freeway on ramps. It’s all over! With a city so steeped in history and culture, surely the symbol has a unique origin.
Christened the “Raincross” symbol, it was designed for the Mission Inn and given to the city by Frank Miller. The symbol is derived from combining a replica of the mass bell used by Father Junipero Serra, missionary priest and founder of the California Missions, and the cross to which the Navajo and Central American Indians prayed for rain.
The Raincross symbol has been identified with Riverside since 1907 and variations of the symbol are used extensively throughout Riverside in architecture and it’s even used on the city flag.
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