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John and Jane Rivera
509 647-2647
44892 State Rt. 21 N.
Wilbur, WA. 99185

A little history about The River Rue RV Park, Inc. and the people who made it happen -
John and Jane Rivera.

River Rue History -

The River Rue was started in 1984 by John and Jane Rivera.

It was a dream of John's to ...

John and a friend traveled from Pennsylvania to the present site of the Bar 41 Ranch to visit a friend who was working there as a volunteer. As John was leaving he stopped at the top of the grade and looked back at the valley. While pausing to enjoy the view John felt the Lord tell him he would return and live in the valley. The year was 1970.

John returned to Bar 41 Ranch as a Brethren Volunteer Service worker in 1971. He was a counselor for the boys' home and farm hand for the ranch. The present RV Park site was land leased to graze the horses for the Ranch.

Jane met John at the ranch while visiting her cousin and family who operated the ranch. Summer visits, phone calls and letters followed this divinely appointed encounter.

The Riveras were married June 30th, 1973 and moved to the Keller Ferry area. John continued working on the third power house at Grand Coulee Dam and Jane taught school in Wilbur. The Riveras moved to Wilbur in 1976. Two blessing arrived, Laura in 1979 and Alayna in 1981.

The idea for The River Rue RV Park was planted when the Riveras were camping at the Keller Ferry Campground and needed supplies that were not available in the valley. The Keller Ferry Campground would fill to capacity with no other options in the valley available for additional camping. RVs were gaining in popularity also and there was a need for sites that offered water, sewer and electrical hook-ups. There was no land for sale at that time. In 1983 the Riveras were offered the present site of The River Rue RV Park.

The River Rue RV Park was established June 6, 1984. The local paper, The Wilbur Register, heralded the event with this announcement in their weekly edition.

John and Jane with their children and Jane's sister Becky (Ruark) Haunschild and niece Stephanie worked together to establish the business.

In contrast to the park today, things were pretty stark back then. The first planting of 50 trees reaped about 10 survivors. Customers were scarce due to the lack of shade and awareness that an RV park had been established. The park started with 20 RV sites and 21 tent sites.

Jane's sister Becky dissolved the partnership in 1988 and the Rivera's continued on their own hiring summer help when they could afford to pay wages.

Today the park is a green oasis in the midst of the shrub steppe environment of north eastern Washington State.

The Lord has blessed us richly over the years with customers who have become friends.

The blessings continue with each improvement that is added to the park.

John and Jane

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