Long Beach History: The Natural Environment Prior to Urbanization

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The Long Beach of the 21st century is a far different place from the days when 30,000 sheep roamed its western lands and cattle grazed to the east. The landscape has been so transformed in barely a century ago, the original settlers would be hard pressed to recognize the place.

How Long Beach went from Spanish land grant to fifth largest city in the state is the subject of a special Long Beach Sierra Club presentation by Larry Rich, the city’s sustainability coordinator and a geographer by education.

Using special mapping software, Rich will show the city’s transformation walking the audience through Long Beach history, and its changing landscape and environment. The audience will get a better sense of place of Long Beach through a new understanding of the natural environment and waterways prior to urbanization.

Sponsored by the Long Beach Sierra Club group, this exciting visual presentation is free and open to the public. The program begins at 7:30 p.m., April 2nd, at the Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 E Willow St, Long Beach.

The Long Beach Group is part of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club. The group has more than 2,500 members and serves Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Signal Hill and Seal Beach.


One Response to “Long Beach History: The Natural Environment Prior to Urbanization”
  1. Chelsie says:

    Will this be streaming online or recorded for those who do not live in Long Beach?