“Rancho Los Alamitos is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places: once as the sacred Tongva village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional birthplace of the native people of the Los Angeles Basin and second, for the evolution of its significant historic landscape over time. The site includes traces of the ancestral village, an adobe-core ranch house ca.1800, four acres of lush historic gardens developed during the 1920s and 30s, and the restored working ranch barnyard of the early-mid 20th century. With the opening of the Rancho Center, the film, new exhibits and room environments feature the landscape, the people and the place over time and within the context of the development of the region and the state.”
I lifted that from the Rancho Los Alamitos website. Sounds pretty interesting, huh?
Some friends and I joined the Sierra Club tour of the house, gardens and barns of the Rancho on June 16. The site was closed for a time while it underwent a meticulous renovation of the barns and had just re-opened on June 10.
In my estimation, it is really worth visiting—especially as I always love to hear about the history of southern California. Because of all the moving around I did as a child and teenager, I never managed to take a California history class and subsequently never realized there was any—history, that is.
To get to the Rancho you have to drive through the exclusive gated community of Bixby Hills (Fred and Florence Bixby were the last private owners) in the north Long Beach area. But when you tell the guard you are there for Los Alamitos they will let you through.
We enjoyed a picnic in a shaded area before we started the tour. A hard-boiled egg always tastes so much better outdoors under the trees. Darn, once again I didn’t think to take a photo of our happy group!
We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the house but I hope you like some of my snapshots of the grounds.
The group was split into two and my friends and I started with the ranch house tour, then the gardens, and ended with the barns.
Some more random photos: