A Brief History of Los Alamitos-Rossmoor

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The city of Los Alamitos and the contiguous, unincorporated community of Rossmoor exemplify small-town America amid the populous western Orange County sprawl. Their tree-lined streets, well-kept homes and first-rate schools are reflected in Rossmoor's selection as the No. 1 suburb in California (and No. 9 nationwide) in a 2012 study by Coldwell Banker Realty. The evolution of Los Alamitos from cattle ranches and sugar beet factory town to World War II military town and ultimately into residential neighborhoods took a century. Meanwhile, the planned "walled 'city' of Rossmoor" was created between 1955 and 1961. Despite annexation talk, Rossmoor and "Los Al" coexist apart together, so to speak, on Long Beach's outskirts. Author Larry Strawther traces the histories of these interdependent sister communities, which epitomize the reality in the legend of the Orange County lifestyle.
ISBN: 9781609498610
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: California
Series: Brief History
Images: 67
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Larry Strawther wrote and executive produced for Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Night Court; wrote for movies, game shows and comedians and reported on Bay Area sports. He runs the Los Alamitos-Rossmoor-Seal Beach History Project online and is a member of Rancho Los Alamitos Community Outreach advisory group and Los Alamitos Museum.
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