Timeline Stories

Rancho Los Cerritos is designated State Historic Landmark No. 978

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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