Introduction to Bell, California
Bell, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles NE of South Gate, California (center to center) and 6 miles SE of Los Angeles, California. It's situated along the Los Angeles River. The city received worldwide attention in 2000 when the media announced that a large number of Oscar statues had been stolen from a trucking company loading dock located in Bell. The citizens voted to establish Bell as a charter city. It's home to numerous small industries.
Until 1860 the area was included in the vast Rancho San Antonio, which was established by Don Antonio Maria Lugo. The rancho became known for its excellent horses and large cattle herds. Between 1870 and 1890 most of the rancho property was sold to settlers. The city was named in tribute to James George Bell who purchased a large acreage and was instrumental in establishing the ranching and farming community. The population substantially increased after World War II ended.
The Bell Family Holiday Parade & Festival is a popular event. James George Bell House is an historic structure and includes a museum showcasing relics from Bell's founding family. For those who enjoy museums there are numerous notable nearby venues including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Japanese American National Museum, Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Zoo is popular with families. The nearby Arboretum of Los Angeles is a notable venue. The popular Irwindale Speedway is located in the region.
The county is home to the Los Padres National Forest, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area and the Angeles National Forest. Griffith Park, located in the county is a popular destination for outdoor recreation. Residents enjoy the activities and entertainment found in nearby Los Angeles.
Bell Higher Education
There are numerous colleges in the area including California State University - Los Angeles, Cerritos College, Pacific States University, East Los Angeles College and the University of Southern California.
The Los Angeles International Airport is nearby.