Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Please join us on October 3 for our annual Viva La Familia Fiesta. This year the Fiesta is a tour of Rancho Los Alamitos, located in the City of Long Beach.


The tour begins at 10:00 am and concludes at noon. Lunch is not included and RSVP's are required. If you are interested, please reply to Rita Vega-Acevedo at rvacevedo@att.net no later than September 20, 2015. GSHA-SC will cover a $5 charge for our members. Members are allowed to bring a guest, but are required to pay $5 for each of their guests at this event. Please arrive no later than 9:45 am to gather for the tour. The Rancho is located at 6400 Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA, 90815. Staff at the Rancho encourages carpooling.

Rancho Los Alamitos, the Ranch of the Little Cottonwoods, occupies a spot on the National Register of Historic Places for two reasons: the native Tongva people and its role in local Spanish history. The Rancho built in 1790 was a 300,000-acre land grant given to a Spanish soldier named Manuel Nieto for services rendered to the Spanish Crown. Ownership of the Rancho changed hands several times, the last owners being Fred and Florence Bixby who donated the Rancho to the City of Long Beach in 1968. The remaining 7.5 acres of Nieto’s original land grant welcomes the public with exhibits about the Rancho’s history.

Hope to see you on October 3.

Of Interest: The Los Angeles Times published an article about the Rancho on August 7, 2010 titled "Lost LA Rancho Los Alamitos." http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug/07/home/la-hm-rancho-alamitos-20100807