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.