Rancho Los Alamitos

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6400 East Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA, USA
Rancho Los Alamitos - Rancho Los Alamitos. South Garden.
Rancho Los Alamitos - Rancho Los Alamitos. Horse and feed barn.
Rancho Los Alamitos - Rancho Los Alamitos. Main house and north wing dependency.
Rancho Los Alamitos - Rancho Los Alamitos.
Rancho Los Alamitos - Rancho Los Alamitos. Patio and main house.

Rancho Los Alamitos Long Beach Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
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The Bixby Ranch of Long Beach Jun 13, 2013
Like nearby Rancho Los Cerritos, Rancho Los Alamitos traces its origins to Manuel Nieto and the Los Nietos Spanish land grant of 1784. Los Alamitos was inherited by Nieto's son Juan Jose in 1833, through a partition that created six ranchos out of the original grant. In 1844, Abel Stearns, an American who had married into the Bandini family n Southern California, purchased Los Alamitos. He raised cattle, as was common for the rancho of that era. As the rancho bordered on the ocean, hides were traded with American ships that had sailed around Cape Horn. Following the drought of the 1860 that ended cattle ranching in Southern California, Rancho Los Alamitos was acquired by John Bixby. He was a cousin of Jotham Bixby who had bought neighboring Rancho Los Cerritos. Members of the Bixby family lived at Rancho Los Alamitos, operating it as a working farm and ranch, known as the Bixby Ranch, until 1967. Oil was discovered on the ranch in 1921, fueling the commercial development of the Long Beach region.

The Los Alamitos ranch house can be visited on a docent-led tour. It grew out of a four-room adobe dwelling built between 1785 and 1806. The adobe may have been built by Manuel Nieto himself. Subsequent owners continued to expand the house and add rooms. Dependency wings were added for the kitchen, quarters, and workshops and the house took on the U-shaped appearance of a rancho headquarters. In the early 20th century, a second floor was added.

The house museum is interpreted and furnished today in the 1930s to 1950s period, at the time Fred and Florence Bixby lived there. It was still a working farm, and the large kitchen and farmhands' dinging hall in the north wing are displayed. The original 18th century adobe walls are exposed in several places to show the construction practices. So, the original adobe indeed remains inside the present-day house. Visitors can also walk the extensive gardens.

The visitor center has an excellent floor-sized map of the Los Nietos grant and the partitioned ranchos, overlaid with present day cities, freeways and points of interest. It really puts the development of Southern California into perspective.

There is no charge for admission. Interior photography is not permitted.

The historic house is located inside a gated residential community. Tell them at the gate that you are visiting the rancho and there is no problem with access.
Rancho Los Alamitos. Patio and mai…
Rancho Los Alamitos. South Garden.
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Andy99 says:
Rancho Los Alamitos, as well as many other historic houses, explains the no photography rule as an insurance requirement. There is concern that visitors will take photos of valuable objects and that others looking at the pictures may want to steal the objects. They also consider the interior contents to be under copyright and do not want photos published or in the Internet. One must respect their wishes.
Posted on: Jul 20, 2013
spocklogic says:
Free is good, but why no interior photography? Guess it is maybe the flash they worry about or it's a monetary concern in publications of what is within. The later would seem not to be the case here. The flash theory is rediculous - It is continuous duration of light exposure over time that makes things fade, not intense flashes here and there. Maybe it is a concern if you are in the Sistine Chapel and people do it all day long every day through the year for 200 years. I make the analogy that flash damages art like electronic devices disrupt an airplanes navigation. If you believe it I have a bridge in the desert to sell you!

Well, stepping off my soapbox now - the grounds are very nice too!
Posted on: Jul 20, 2013
Zagnut66 says:
I wonder what the original owners would think of living in a gated community.
Posted on: Jul 18, 2013
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