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Two years previous Flint, Bixby & Co had also purchased along with Northern California associate James Irvine, three ranchos which would later become the city that bears Irvine's name.To manage Rancho Los Cerritos, the company selected Lewellyn's brother Jotham Bixby, the "Father of Long Beach". The Alamitos townsite was kept as a separate entity, but at first it was primarily run by Lewellyn and Jotham Bixby, although I.
By the 16th-century arrival of Spanish explorers, the dominant group were the Tongva people.Pacific Bible Seminary (now known as Hope International University) was forced to move classes out of First Christian Church of Long Beach and into a small local home due to damage.The Ford Motor Company built a factory called Long Beach Assembly at the then address in 1929 as "700 Henry Ford Avenue, Long Beach" where the factory began building the Ford Model A.The Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos were divided from this territory.The boundary between the two ranchos ran through the center of Signal Hill on a southwest to northeast diagonal.The M6.4 1933 Long Beach earthquake caused significant damage to the city and surrounding areas, killing a total of 120 people.
Most of the damage occurred in unreinforced masonry buildings, especially schools.
In 1880, Bixby sold 4,000 acres (16 km) of the Rancho Los Cerritos to William E. In addition to bringing innovative farming methods to the Alamitos (which under Abel Stearns in the late 1850s and early 1860s was once the largest cattle ranch in the US), J. Bixby began the development of the oceanfront property near the city's picturesque bluffs. This area would include Belmont Heights, Belmont Shore and Naples; it soon became a thriving community of its own. Gradually the oil industry, Navy shipyard and facilities and port became the mainstays of the city.
Willmore, who subdivided it in hopes of creating a farm community, Willmore City. In the 1950s it was referred to as "Iowa by the sea," due to a large influx of people from that and other Midwestern states.
Along with other Tongva villages, they were forced to relocate in the mid-19th century due to missionization, political change, and a drastic drop in population from exposure to European diseases.
In 1784 the Spanish Empire's King Carlos III granted Rancho Los Nietos to Spanish soldier Manuel Nieto.
In 1843 Jonathan Temple bought Rancho Los Cerritos, having arrived in California in 1827 from New England.