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Interesting Facts about Long Beach

 -Long Beach, originally named Willmore City by a developer named William Willmore, began forming along the coast In 1888 Original residents of the foiled Willmore City renamed their town Long Beach, after its long, wide beaches.
 -Long Beach is the 7th largest city in California, Long Beach is home to the US second busiest container ports and is considered one of the world's largest. Long Beach covers an area of 51.48 square miles, 1.16 of which is water.
 -Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, the Aquarium of the Pacific, America’s cargo gateway to the Pacific Rim, and one of the world’s most environmentally safe off-shore oil operations.
 Long Beach is over an oilfield with minor wells both directly beneath the city as well as offshore. 

 -The Grand Prix of Long Beach is an IndyCar Series race held on a street circuit in Long Beach and it is held every year
 -In 1949 California State University Long Beach was founded.
 In 1947 the first and only flight of Howard Hughes "Spruce Goose", the world's largest airplane, took off over Long Beach Harbor. 
 -Long Beach was the site of "The Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942" during World War II, when observers for the Army Air Corps reported shells being fired from the sea. Anti-aircraft batteries fired into the night sky. No planes were ever sighted.
 -Long Beach is home to the Museum of Latin American Art, it was founded in 1996 by Dr. Robert Gumbiner. It is the only museum in the western United States that exclusively features modern and contemporary Latin American art.
 The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach.
 Long Beach is home to "Rosie's Dog Beach". It is the only legal off-leash area on the beach for dogs in all of Los Angeles County. It's named after the bulldog "Rosie" that inspired the beach's creation. This 3-acre area is in Belmont Shore between Roycroft and Argonne avenues. The off-leash area is open every day, all day.