Lemon Cove, A History of Premium Citrus


The community of Lemon Cove is nestled in the Sierra foothills below Sequoia National Park. The town was initially known as Lime Kiln. Lime Kiln Hill forms the Eastern boundary of Harrison Ranch, and separates the Ranch from Lake Kaweah.

Lemon Cove, 1914

Lemon Cove was founded by J.W.C. Pogue who moved to the area in 1868. The Pogue family settled in the Dry Creek area (opposite the Kaweah River from Harrison Ranch), where Pogue planted oranges and introduced lemons to the San Joaquin Valley. Lemon Cove proved an ideal climate for lemons, winning a blue ribbon at the 1885 Los Angeles Fair. Lemon Cove Orange fruit could be harvested several weeks earlier than Southern California groves, and could be shipped to eastern markets in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Planting of lemons and oranges continued in the area, on south and western facing foothills and warm coves.

The citrus industry prospered in Lemon Cove, with several successful growers and packing houses in the area. The history of Lemon Cove’s citrus industry is captured in the Crate Labels that were used until the late 1950's when cardboard boxes replaced the wooden fruit crates.


The Pogues home, built in 1879 still exists on Sierra Drive, Lemon Cove’s main street. The home later served as a hotel and is now the headquarters of the Lemon Cove Woman's Club.

Today Lemon Cove remains an agricultural community with Oranges, Lemons, and Olives still the prominent crops.

Harrison Ranch is affiliated with Sierra Citrus Association - Member of Sunkist Growers