Maps and Timeline


Image of Original Nieto Land Grant

Original Nieto Land Grant

Image of 1844 - 1866 Map

1844 – 1866 Map

Image of 1866 - 1890 Map

1866 – 1890 Map

Image of 1890 - 1930 Map

1890 – 1930 Map

Image of 1930 - 1954 Map

1930 – 1954 Map


Important Dates In The History Of Rancho Los Cerritos

Please use your mouse or finger to slide the timeline to the right to see the evolution of Rancho Los Cerritos.

2000-3000 BC

Native Americans live on lands that become Rancho Los Cerritos. Little is known about these peoples, however, eleven cogged stones from this period were discovered at Rancho Los Cerritos in 1930.


Tongva people (Gabrielino Indians) live on lands later known as Rancho Los Cerritos; village of Tibahangna said to be north of present ranch house.


Spanish soldier Manuel Nieto receives land encompassing about 300,000 acres; this is reduced to 167,000 acres


Nieto’s land is formally divided into smaller ranchos. Daughter Manuela de Cota receives the 27,000-acre portion known as Rancho Los Cerritos


John Temple purchases Rancho Los Cerritos from the Cota family in December 1843 for $3,000


John Temple builds the present two-story Monterey-style adobe as headquarters for his cattle-ranching operations, and stocks the land with as many as 15,000 head of cattle


Benjamin and Thomas Flint, and Lewellyn Bixby, form Flint, Bixby & Co. and bring sheep to California


John Temple sells Rancho Los Cerritos to Flint, Bixby & Co.


Jotham Bixby provides lease with option to buy of 4000 acres to William Willmore for the founding of a town, Willmore City, and agricultural community


William Willmore is unsuccessful in promoting his town, but the Long Beach Land and Water Company purchases his option and renames the town Long Beach


Long Beach is incorporated


Rancho Los Cerritos is remodeled by Llewellyn Bixby, Sr. for a family residence


Rancho Los Cerritos is acquired by the City of Long Beach and opened to the public as a museum


Rancho Los Cerritos is placed on the National Register of Historic Properties and is also designated a National Historic Landmark


Rancho Los Cerritos is designated a City of Long Beach Historical Landmark


Rancho Los Cerritos is designated State Historic Landmark No. 978