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The discovery of the Long Beach Oil Field, brought in by the gusher at the Alamitos No.
1 well, made Long Beach a major oil producer; in the 1920s the field was the most productive in the world.
Along with other Tongva villages, they were forced to relocate in the mid-19th century due to missionization, political change, and a drastic drop in population from exposure to European diseases.
In 1784 the Spanish Empire's King Carlos III granted Rancho Los Nietos to Spanish soldier Manuel Nieto.
The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest container port in the United States and is among the world's largest shipping ports.
The city also maintains a progressively declining oil industry with minor wells located both directly beneath the city as well as offshore.
The Ford Motor Company built a factory called Long Beach Assembly at the then address in 1929 as "700 Henry Ford Avenue, Long Beach" where the factory began building the Ford Model A.
On an island in the San Pedro Bay, Mormon pioneers made an abortive attempt to establish a colony (as part of Brigham Young's plan to establish a continuous chain of settlements from the Pacific to Salt Lake).
In 1866 Temple sold Rancho Los Cerritos for ,000 to the Northern California sheep-raising firm of Flint, Bixby & Co, which consisted of brothers Thomas and Benjamin Flint and their cousin Lewellyn Bixby.
Three years later Bixby bought into the property and would later form the Bixby Land Company. The Rancho Los Alamitos property was split up, with Hellman getting the southern third, Jotham and Lewellyn the northern third, and J. W, Hellman (who had the largest single share) had a significant veto power, an influence made even stronger as the J. Bixby heirs began to side with Hellman more and more.
In the 1870s as many as 30,000 sheep were kept at the ranch and sheared twice yearly to provide wool for trade. Hellman, Lewellyn and Jotham Bixby, and him, to purchase the rancho. Bixby named the streets and laid out the parks of his new city. When Jotham Bixby died in 1916, the remaining 3,500 acres (14 km The Pike was the most famous beachside amusement zone on the West Coast from 1902 until 1969, it offered bathers food, games and rides, such at the Sky Wheel dual Ferris wheel and Cyclone Racer roller coaster.