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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.In 1843 Jonathan Temple bought Rancho Los Cerritos, having arrived in California in 1827 from New England.He built what is now known as the "Los Cerritos Ranch House", a still-standing adobe which is a National Historic Landmark.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.Production of Ford vehicles continued after the war until 1960 when the plant was closed due to a fire, and January 1991 when the factory was demolished partially due to air quality remediation efforts.
Anti-aircraft batteries fired into the night sky, although no planes were ever sighted.The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest container port in the United States and is among the world's largest shipping ports.The city also maintains a progressively declining oil industry with minor wells located both directly beneath the city as well as offshore.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.
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A portion of western Long Beach was originally part of the Rancho San Pedro.