Long Beach History

Information about the history of Long Beach California.

Historical Society of Long Beach

Historic Sites in Long Beach

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History of Downtown Long Beach

Early Long Beach History
- Indigenous People (Tongva and others)
- Spanish Explorers (1700's)

Spanish Ranchos
- Ranch Los Nietos
- Rancho San Pedro
- Rancho Los Cerritos
- Rancho Los Alamitos

Founding of Long Beach
Jotham Bixby sold 4000 acres of Ranch Los Cerritos to William E. Willmore, who subdivided it in an attempt to create a farming community called Willmore. He was bought out by a company called the Long Beach Land and Water Company who renamed the community "Long Beach". The city of Long Beach was incorporated in 1888. Long Became popular oceanfront resort, with "The Pike" amusement parks being one of it's most popular attractions

Oil Discovered in Long Beach in 1921
Oil was discovered in 1921 on Signal Hill, and that area split off as a separate incorporated city shortly afterwards. The Long Beach Oil Field and the Wilmington Oil Field made Long Beach famous in the 1930's as an oil town.

Long Beach Earthquake of 1933
In 1933, magnitude 6.3, caused significant damage

Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942
There were reports of shells being fired from the sea.

Aquarium of the Pacific Opened in 1998
One of the most popular family attractions in the Los Angeles area.

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