Welcome to Los Alamitos!
Los Alamitos(“The Little Cottonwoods“) is a beautiful small city in Orange County, California. Incorporated in 1960, Rancho Los Alamitos is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places – once as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin and, second, for the evolution of its significant historic landscape over time. Today, the City combines a small town ambience with excellent schools, effective police service, and a high quality of life to ensure that the community is a nice place to live, visit, and conduct business. Los Al is often lovingly referred to as a “jewel of a city” and “a place without time”, nicknames that have undoubtedly become fitting over the years due to the charming integrity that pumps through the city’s veins and breathes life into its residents and well kept drives.
Block by block, a palpable sense of community exists in both business and residential sectors, making this city one of a kind in its desirability to families as well as business owners and enterprise enthusiasts. Places of interest in Los Alamitos include but are far from limited to the Los Alamitos Race Track &
the Los Alamitos Museum.
Conveniently located, to enter Los Al from the 405 Freeway, exit at Palo Verde Avenue and turn south.
From the 605 Freeway, exit at Willow, follow to Palo Verde and turn south.
- Los Alamitos High School
- Laurel High School
- McAuliffe Middle School (formerly called Pine)
- Oak Middle School
- St. Hedwig School, K-8 Private School
- Hopkinson Elementary
- Lee Elementary
- Los Alamitos Elementary
- Rossmoor Elementary
- Weaver Elementary
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
THE MAIN ATTRACTION
Los Alamitos Race Track
4961 Katella Ave. Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Los Alamitos Museum
11062 Los Alamitos Blvd
Los Alamitos 90720
In the early days of Spanish colonization, Los Alamitos, or the Little Cottonwoods, was the name given to one of five ranchos that a former sergeant in the king of Spain’s army deeded to his children. The sergeant, Manuel Nieto, had been awarded a vast land grant by a Spanish territorial governor.
The 85,000-acre Rancho Los Alamitos originally extended into present-day Long Beach. Its ownership was to change and its boundaries would shrink many times.
In 1896, the sugar-beet processing industry took root in the area, and with it came the roots of a future city. That year, ex-Sen. William Clark of Montana bought more than 8,000 acres of Los Alamitos rancho land and formed the Los Alamitos Sugar Co. The sugar-beet factory complex, with its streets of company houses for workers, became the basis for a Los Alamitos town site.
Old photos at the museum tell the story of an emerging city. There are pictures of recreational facilities the company started for its workers. And there are pictures from the early 1900s of sugar beets being delivered to the factory by horse and wagon. An insect infestation in 1921 caused sugar-beet crop failure and the eventual demise of the sugar industry in Los Alamitos. But the town that had sprung up continued to grow.
During World War II, the US Naval Air Station moved its aircraft training field from Terminal Island to Los Alamitos. It employed thousands of people, and it spurred growth. In 1973, the base was designated an Armed Forces Reserve Center. Today, it is a reserve support center for units of the Army, Navy, National Guard and Marines.
Many former military personnel chose to stay on in Los Alamitos after the war, maintaining the 1950s style tract housing. One such neighborhood is Carrier Row, where streets are named for World War II aircraft carriers.
The Spanish-ranchos-turned-company-town became an official city in March 1960. The city’s population then was about 3,400. Today, the population hovers near the 12,000 mark.
The ambitious sugar-beet processor of today would be hard pressed to set up shop in Los Alamitos. Zoning laws keep out heavy manufacturing or industry, because nearly all the city land is developed. The Armed Forces Reserve Center takes up 48 percent of the city’s 4.3 square miles.
The rest of the city is a snug fitting mix of homes, apartments, businesses and open space.