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WELCOME TO EAST LONG BEACH!

Long Beach, often referred to as “The Biggest Little City”, is comprised of several sectors, the most family friendly of which is East Long Beach. This large area of Long Beach holds many vast regions to recognize, including the large El Dorado Park (which includes a golf course and nature center) which forms the eastern boundary; the city of Lakewood and Heartwell Park is to the north. Lakewood Boulevard and the Long Beach Municipal Airport form the western boundary. It can be differentiated from the other “Eastside” in that it is usually referred to in the media and in official business as “East Long Beach.” This neighborhood is the geographic Eastern Northeast quadrant of the City of Long Beach, and generally consists of low-density housing, single family, detached homes built in the Post-WWII era.
Most of the major streets through the area are wide boulevards of the type favored in construction of Postwar suburbs, and tree lined streets. Like its inner-city counterpart, East Long Beach is a catch-all term for a wide geographic area that includes smaller neighborhoods, including Plaza, Carson Park, South of Conant, and Lakewood Village. The western boundary to this area is vague, but in general, any area east of the Long Beach Airport that is in the City of Long Beach is considered East Long Beach.
East Long Beach is uniquely quiet and full of life at the same time. It embodies the sector Long Beach that can be referred to as primarily residential and suburb oriented. Minutes away from downtown, the beach and all freeways, it’s no wonder this has become a hot spot for families on the go. Long Beach Airport provides locals with a hassle free alternate to the big city complexities of LAX!

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

So diverse and enriched with culture, history, character & arts is the city of Long Beach, that it’s hard to nail it down to a few hot destinations, but local to East LB, the following stops are must sees:
The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, The El Dorado Nature Center, The Queen Mary and The Long Beach Museum Of Art. Long Beach is also home to many Farmer’s Markets, arts & sporting events.

LOCATION

West of Interstate 605 (San Gabriel Freeway) and north of Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway)

SCHOOL DISTRICT

East Long Beach is part of the Long Beach Unified School District and included numerous schools from pre-school through high school.

Cal State Long Beach is a prominent institution in this area and one of our nation’s finest, most sought after Universities. Long Beach City College provides a junior university to local residents with elite classes and professors specializing in everything from business to the arts.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Among many other choices for health care and wellness in Long Beach, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center celebrates over 100 years of service to the Long Beach Community and has been recognized as a major regional provider of medical and surgical services. Long Beach Memorial consistently achieves national accolades for its quality care, including being named as one of the U.S. top 125 hospitals by Consumers’ CHECKBOOK; named Top 100 Hospitals Cardiovascular by Thomson Reuters; and named one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

THE MAIN ATTRACTION

So diverse and enriched with culture, history, character & arts is the city of Long Beach, that it’s hard to nail it down to a few hot destinations, but local to East LB, the following stops are must sees:

  • The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
  • The El Dorado Nature Center
  • (A little farther off) The Queen Mary
  • (And of Course) The Long Beach Museum Of Art

HISTORY

The Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos were divided from the larger Rancho Los Nietos, which had been granted by the Spanish Empire’s, King Carlos III in 1784 to a Spanish soldier, Manuel Nieto. The boundary between the two ranchos ran through the center of Signal Hill. A portion of western Long Beach was originally part of the Rancho San Pedro, and was in dispute for years, due to flooding changing the Los Angeles River boundary, between Juan Jose Dominguez and Manuel Nieto’s ranchos.

Rancho Los Cerritos was bought in 1843 by John Temple, a Yankee who had come to California in 1827. Soon after he built what is now known as the “Los Cerritos Ranch House,” an adobe which still stands and is a National Historic Landmark. Temple created a thriving cattle ranch and prospered, becoming the wealthiest man in Los Angeles County. Both Temple and his ranch house played important local roles in the Mexican-American War.

In 1866 Temple sold Rancho Los Cerritos to the Northern California sheep-raising firm of Flint, Bixby & Co. for $20,000. To manage Los Cerritos, the company selected Lewellyn’s brother Jotham Bixby, the “Father of Long Beach”, to manage their southern ranch, and three years later Jotham bought into the property and would later form the Bixby Land Company. In 1880, Bixby sold 4,000 acres of the Rancho to William E. Willmore, in hopes of creating a farm community, Willmore City. He failed and was bought out by a Los Angeles syndicate the Long Beach Land and Water Company. They changed the name of the community to “Long Beach”, which was incorporated as a city in 1888.

Probably even more influential in the development of the city was John W. Bixby, another Bixby cousin. After first working for his cousins at Los Cerritos, J.W. Bixby then leased land at Rancho Los Alamitos, and then put together a group consisting of himself and many influential leaders including the rest of the Bixbies to purchase the rancho. In addition to bringing innovative farming methods to the Alamitos John W. Bixby began the development of the Alamitos’ oceanfront property near the city’s picturesque bluffs. Under the name Alamitos Land Company, J.W. Bixby named the streets and laid out the parks of his new city. The town grew as a seaside and then as an oil, Navy, and port town.

The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s largest shipping ports. The city also has a large oil industry; oil is found both underground and offshore. Manufactures include aircraft, automobile parts, electronic and audiovisual equipment, and home furnishings. It is also home to headquarters for corporations such as Epson America, Molina Healthcare, Scan Health Care, and Polar Air Cargo. Long Beach grew with the development of high-technology and aerospace industries and tourism in this picturesque area.