Long Beach, California

The Founding Of Long Beach, California

In 1784, the area that is now Long Beach, California was first settled as part of a massive Spanish land grant to soldier Manuel Nieto, encompassing the historic 28,000-acre Rancho Los Alamitos and its sister rancho, 27,000-acre Rancho Los Cerritos. In 1866, Rancho Los Cerritos was sold to Lewellyn Bixby and then managed by his brother Jotham. The Bixby family soon became prominent ranchers and developers of Long Beach. In 1882, Long Beach, originally planned as Willmore City by developer William Willmore, begins forming along the coast.

Compton, California, Dominguez Rancho Adobe

The Dominguez Rancho Adobe

In the 1800s, the Dominguez Rancho Adobe was built.

From October 8th to the 9th 1846, the adobe became the site of the Battle of Dominque Ranch, also known as the Battle of the Old Woman’s Gun and the Battle of Dominguez Hills, during the beginning of the Mexican-American War.

The adobe survived the battle and has several structures, such as the carriage house.

On June 7, 1922, oil was discovered within the land around the adobe. Oil mining occurred for several years.

In present day the adobe serves as a Dominiquez Rancho Adobe Museum.

Compton, California, Griffith Dickenson Compton

1867 – Griffith Dickenson Compton Leads Thirty Pioneer Families Into Los Angeles

In 1867, the area of Compton, California was settled by thirty pioneer families led by Griffith Dickenson Compton. That region of Los Angeles County would be named after the leader of the settlers and was the eighth place to become incorporated within the county.

Downtown Compton, California in 1914.

The first black families came to the city just before World War II.