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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.
On an island in the San Pedro Bay, Mormon pioneers made an abortive attempt to establish a colony (as part of Brigham Young's plan to establish a continuous chain of settlements from the Pacific to Salt Lake).
In 1866 Temple sold Rancho Los Cerritos for ,000 to the Northern California sheep-raising firm of Flint, Bixby & Co, which consisted of brothers Thomas and Benjamin Flint and their cousin Lewellyn Bixby.
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 city was the site of "The Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942" during World War II, when observers for the Army Air Corps reported shells being fired from the sea.
Anti-aircraft batteries fired into the night sky, although no planes were ever sighted.
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.
He failed and was bought out by a Los Angeles syndicate that called itself the "Long Beach Land and Water Company." They changed the name of the community to Long Beach, at that time. After first working for his cousins at Los Cerritos, J. Huge picnics for migrants from each state were a popular annual event in Long Beach until the 1960s.
The City of Long Beach was officially incorporated in 1897. Oil was discovered in 1921 on Signal Hill, which split off as a separate incorporated city shortly afterward.
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Long Beach lies in the southeastern corner of Los Angeles County and borders Orange County.