Hermosa Beach California, Hermosa Beach Hotels,  Hermosa Beach Real Estate

Hermosa Beach California got its start in the form of a land grant from the King of Spain in 1822 to a loyal subject Antonio Ygnacio Avila. The rancho that resulted was called Rancho Sausal Redondo--the ranch of the round grove of willows. After Avila's death, his heirs sold the rancho to a wealthy Scot, Sir Robert Burnett, who arrived in Southern California just before the Civil War intending to buy land and raise sheep and cattle. In 1855 Burnett sold the land to another Scot, Daniel Freeman.

By 1900, one E. B. Pomroy owned the greater part of the old rancho. That year, a pair of railroad men and developers named Moses Sherman and Eli Clark purchased a 1500 acre tract of Pomroy's land. The two had built an empire of electric railroads and intended to extend one of them, the Los Angeles Pacific, down to the booming port of Redondo Beach. Since railroads needed passengers and freight, they decided to develop their tract and sell off land for homes and factories.

The City of Hermosa Beach was laid out with the developers' railroad running down the middle of Hermosa Avenue and ending up at Redondo Pier. Intended at first to be a resort town for summer visitors from Los Angeles the tiny town grew and incorporated in 1907 as the 19th city in the Los Angeles County. The city grew and the boom of the 1920's brought in factories: a silk mill, a glass factory and a large tile plant. The product of the latter, Hermosa Tile, is still in demand among tile collectors. After the World War II, Hermosa experienced another boom in population as the city now promoted Hermosa Beach hotels and people discovered the pleasures of relaxed beach side living. Over the years, Hermosa's residents have been as diverse as poet Robinson Jeffers, Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan and the Nelson family--Ozzie and Harriet and the boys.

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