It was a warm and sunny day, when I felt a rush of spontaneity in visiting the Los Alamitos Ranch. I asked my dad to accompany me, which to my surprise he accepted. We pulled over to the guard, got access, and easily found parking. I remember a distinct silence, this peace, that for a second, I had complete had forgotten that we were in the busy town of Long Beach. We were welcomed by grand trees and birds singing, as we entered what was once the sacred home of honorable residents.
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.
Today Rancho Los Alamitos is 7.5-acres, a rare vestige of the original 300,000-acre Los Coyotes land concession given to Manuel Nieto in 1790 for his service on the Gaspar de Portolá expedition to California under the Spanish Crown. However, the story of Rancho Los Alamitos precedes these first newcomers, for the historic site is also part of the ancestral village of Povuu’ngna, the traditional place of origin of the native Gabrielino-Tongva people of the Los Angeles Basin, and still a sacred place…
I will never forget my visit to the ranch. Its rare I get a one-on-one, father and daughter time, so I was very happy to be there appreciating nature and history.