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The area that is now Long Beach was first settled as part of a massive Spanish land grant to soldier Manuel Nieto 1784, encompassing the historic 28,000-acre Ranch Los Alamitos and its sister rancho, 27,000-acre Rancho Los Cerritos. By 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. Competition between the new Santa Fe Railroad in 1885 and older southern Pacific Railroad attracted hordes of visitors to Long Beach and created a real estate boom.

Original residents of the foiled Willmore City in 1888 renamed their town Long Beach, after its long, wide beaches, and the city became incorporated. The introduction of the Pacific Electric trolley caused the city to grow both as a resort and commercial center. From 1902 to 1910 Long Beach was the fastest growing city in the United States. The Port of Long Beach was established in 1911.

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  • starship's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Although there is so much else to see and do, visiting the Queen Mary would definitely be my focal point! Thanks for sharing great information and photos about this legendary ship!!

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    NIce, the restaurants do look inviting.

  • TheTravelSlut's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Great Long Beach pages and photos!

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Excellent Long Beach travel pages. It seems a lot of interesting places to visit and explore in and around Long Beach. We especially like the Rainbow Harbor and Marina and the wonderful Queen Mary tour. Thanks for your virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Great places to eat in Long Beach. I really liked Parker's Lighthouse. BTW, your photo of the Queen Mary is superb. Must have been taken on a Monday, Friday, or Sunday. The Carnival cruise ship is on the left port. Many a time I have left that port for Mexico. :-)

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    What an excellent page and lovely photos :)

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    Wow Dee, I can see why you like visiting Long Beach with so much to do and see. Good restaurant and accommodation tips too.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Hello, Dee! Thanks for your wonderful description! Happy trails!)

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    Hi Dee, enjoyed your Long Beach Page, so much to see & do. Have been busy, must get back to writing tips.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    I stayed here many times on business, and enjoyed the area. Nice job


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