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Plant of the moment: the Princess Flower   The princess flower (pictured above) or the Tibourchina urvillean,  has 3-4” leaves that can be green, yellow, or even red during weather extremes. Its flowers are clustered near the branch tips, and they bloom in succession. Each bloom is 3” across and has violet stamens that stand[…]

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Meet the Summer Interns! Hello everyone! We are so excited to be interning at Rancho Los Cerritos this summer. Even though things are a bit different due to the pandemic, we will make the most out of this experience and try to learn as much as we can during our time here. Below is a[…]

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The Great Swamp Battle at King Phillip's fort.

Jotham Bixby’s fourth great grandfather Joseph Bixby was born in the town of Boxford, in the Province of Massachusetts in 1648 and died in 1725. Joseph was married to Sarah Gould on March 29, 1682 and had nine children; Joseph, Sarah, Priscilla, Phebe, John, Mary, Thomas, Hannah and Moses. He was prominent in the town[…]

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By J.O. Davidson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Jotham Bixby’s younger brothers, Henry H. Bixby (1836-1901) and George F. Bixby (1841-1892), enlisted in the 21st Infantry Northern Regiment on October 14, 1862 at Augusta, Maine. On Oct. 14, 1862, the brothers marched from Bangor, Maine to Washington, D. C. and then on to New Orleans, where they arrived in early February 1863. They went[…]

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Rancho Los Cerritos welcomed this year’s lecture series, “Foodways of the West” with special guest Craig Torres leading a discussion on Tongva Traditions on Feb. 25. Tongva descendant Craig Torres delved into the cultural history of the Tongva, particularly on Spanish colonization and its effects on indigenous peoples and plant life. Torres explored how the impacts of[…]

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  As people looked toward the West during the mid 19th-century, the presence of African-American cowboys in the cattle herding industry was overshadowed by depictions of a romanticized frontier at the reign of White cowboys. In Southern California, cattle ranchers like Rancho Los Cerritos ownder John Temple were being swept away with the booming demand[…]

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Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn,’ or Manzanita Howard McMinn is February’s plant of the moment. The evergreen shrub was hybridized from a species native to Central California and has since found its way to Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach. This winter plant is located at the top of Arroyo on the site and along the fence[…]

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Through the power of storytelling, Rancho Los Cerritos’ “Romances at the Rancho” will conjure up an evening that can be enjoyed by couples and individuals alike looking to treat themselves to an evening of light-hearted fun. “Romances at the Rancho” invites guests to a special after-hours, candlelight tour navigating through some of the greatest love[…]

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