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Images from top, left to right: Long Beach skyline from Bluff Park, retired RMS Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific Blue Cavern exhibit, TTI Terminal at Port of Long Beach, Villa Riviera, Metro Blue Line, Long Beach Lighthouse It is the 36th most populous city in the United States and the 7th most populous in California.

Long Beach is the second largest city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, and the third largest in Southern California behind Los Angeles and San Diego.

He failed and was bought out by a Los Angeles syndicate that called itself the "Long Beach Land and Water Company." They changed the name of the community to Long Beach, at that time. After first working for his cousins at Los Cerritos, J. Huge picnics for migrants from each state were a popular annual event in Long Beach until the 1960s.

The City of Long Beach was officially incorporated in 1897. Oil was discovered in 1921 on Signal Hill, which split off as a separate incorporated city shortly afterward.

Indigenous people have lived in coastal Southern California for over 10,000 years, and several successive cultures have inhabited the present-day area of Long Beach.

By the 16th-century arrival of Spanish explorers, the dominant group were the Tongva people.

The city was the site of "The Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942" during World War II, when observers for the Army Air Corps reported shells being fired from the sea.

Anti-aircraft batteries fired into the night sky, although no planes were ever sighted.

Willmore, who subdivided it in hopes of creating a farm community, Willmore City. In the 1950s it was referred to as "Iowa by the sea," due to a large influx of people from that and other Midwestern states.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.Two years previous Flint, Bixby & Co had also purchased along with Northern California associate James Irvine, three ranchos which would later become the city that bears Irvine's name.To manage Rancho Los Cerritos, the company selected Lewellyn's brother Jotham Bixby, the "Father of Long Beach". The Alamitos townsite was kept as a separate entity, but at first it was primarily run by Lewellyn and Jotham Bixby, although I.

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