This collection contains the records of the Alamitos Land Company of Southern California (in operation from the mid 1880s-2008),
operated first as a land sale company and later as a property management company, chiefly for properties in Long Beach and
Signal Hill, California.
Includes financial records, legal and land documents, annual reports, correspondence, minutes, project files, specifications
and technical reports, and maps.
Founded by members of the Bixby and Flint families and their business partner, I. W.
Hellman, in 1888, the Alamitos Land Company was first organized as a land sale
company during the real estate boom of Southern California in mid 1880s. The company
was engaged in the subdivision of lands and offering them for sale as town lots,
commercial properties, and farm lands. A large portion of the lands was eventually
bought or annexed and is presently located in the City of Long Beach and the City of
Signal Hill. When oil was discovered in 1921 under some of the company’s properties,
the Alamitos Land Company transformed itself into a land management company by
leasing 240 acres of Signal Hill land to Shell Oil Company for drilling. As a
result, the company added more revenue channels by collecting royalties from oil
drilling and granting oil pipe easements. Subsequently, the company expanded its
business operations into management of agricultural lands and commercial and
industrial buildings. As the amount of oil started to dwindle in the early 1970s,
the company turned some of its former oil drilling sites into a number of
residential, commercial, and industrial projects. The company ceased operation on
December 31, 2008.
95 boxes + 98 oversize maps
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