Romoland, California

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Romoland is a census-designated place (CDP) in Riverside County, California, United States. The population was 2,764 at the 2000 census.

The city was named by Greek immigrant Romonio Homonicholai, who emigrated from Naxos in 1889[citation needed] (nearby Homeland is also named for Homonicholai, although, with a slight spelling variation, it was named for his patronymic, not his given name). The Homonicholai family planted a vineyard in the town as well as orange groves, and was the first to manufacture sangria in California.

The original name of the town was Ethanac, the name of the train station.

The town itself began in the 1890s planned by the Santa Fe Railroad. In the early 1900s, large numbers of traqueros or railroad workers from Mexico arrived to become a near dominant ethnic group. In the 1930 and 1940 Census reports, Romoland has one of the highest percentage of Mexicans in southern California. They created a community, shops, schools, recreation and churches that catered to a Spanish-speaking Mexican community.[citation needed]

The first blood oranges grown in the United States were cultivated in Romoland in the 1920s. In an attempt to build a larger market for the oranges, the Romoland Fruit Co. began in 1936 to market its blood oranges as "citrus tomatoes" on the idea that the word "blood" discouraged buyers. However, "citrus tomatoes" proved unsuccessful, and the Romoland Fruit Co. returned to marketing its oranges as "blood oranges" in 1937. Agriculture remains a big part of local life, but has increasingly became an exurban town in the Inland Empire.

On October 1, 2008, a significant portion of Romoland became part of the City of Menifee.

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Geography

Romoland is located at 33°44′45″N 117°10′27″W / 33.74583°N 117.17417°W / 33.74583; -117.17417 (33.745783, -117.174228).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.7 km²), all of it land.

However, the Romoland region includes the entire unincorporated area between Perris, Hemet, Lake Elsinore and Murrieta. The total population in the year 2008 may exceeded 100,000 residents in the 30-square-mile (78 km2) area, but carries the namesake of Romoland.

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