Rancho Open House

CATALEYA GANEY, 3, from Anaheim creating her own special Christmas tree ornament at the Los Alamitos Rancho open house Dec. 3. The historic Rancho Los Alamitos and Gardens sit atop a hill at Povuu’ngna, the ancestral land and traditional gathering place of the Tongva people. The original land concession of 300,000 acres was awarded to Manuel Nieto in 1790 by Spain. The land passed to numerous owners and various divisions, whittling down to the present location. In 1968, the children of Fred and Florence Bixby donated the ranch to the City of Long Beach. The remaining 7.5 acres connect the past of ranchos, oil discoveries and final urbanization to the present. A barnyard area boasts of chickens, ducks, goats and horses. The elegant and peaceful gardens surrounding the ranch house impart a sense that one has visited the past in a time machine. A babbling stream soothes the heat of a hot Southern California summer day. For further information and a schedule of events, the Rancho website is www.RanchoLosAlamitos.org or call (562) 431-3541.

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