Important Dates In The History Of Rancho Los Cerritos
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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
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
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 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