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Temple created a thriving cattle ranch and prospered, becoming the wealthiest man in Los Angeles County.

Both Temple and his ranch house played important local roles in the Mexican–American War.

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.

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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.

In 1880, Bixby sold 4,000 acres (16 km) of the Rancho Los Cerritos to William E. In addition to bringing innovative farming methods to the Alamitos (which under Abel Stearns in the late 1850s and early 1860s was once the largest cattle ranch in the US), J. Bixby began the development of the oceanfront property near the city's picturesque bluffs. This area would include Belmont Heights, Belmont Shore and Naples; it soon became a thriving community of its own. Gradually the oil industry, Navy shipyard and facilities and port became the mainstays of the city.

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.

Production of Ford vehicles continued after the war until 1960 when the plant was closed due to a fire, and January 1991 when the factory was demolished partially due to air quality remediation efforts.

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