Introduction to Bell Gardens
Bell Gardens, California, in Los Angeles county, is 2 miles NW of Downey, California (center to center) and 8 miles SE of Los Angeles, California. It's a densely populated municipality situated at the convergence of the Los Angeles River and the Rio Hondo Channel. Bell Gardens is regarded as a suburb of Los Angeles. The city is home to a major poker casino. The majority of the population is Hispanic. Tools, motor vehicle parts and fabricated wire products are manufactured in the city.
Bell Gardens History
With the beginning of the Spanish Empire in 1509 the region had an agricultural based economy. In 1771 Antonio Lugo, a corporal in the Spanish army acquired a vast land grant which later became Bell Gardens and other cities. Antonio Lugo's son developed the land into one of the largest ranches in California. Japanese immigrants were attracted by the rich soil and leased land to grow a variety of vegetables for the marketplace. The region had an agricultural based economy until the 1930's. During World War I and World War II manufacturing facilities for military equipment were thriving and were important factors for the local economy. The city was established in 1940.
Bell Gardens Attractions
The Casa de San Antonio is a state historic monument. The Bicycle Casino is regarded as one of the biggest poker casinos in the world and has hosted several prominent poker tournaments. Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts' Berry Farm and Getty Museum are close enough to be enjoyed by the residents of Bell Gardens.
Bell Gardens Activities
The city is home to numerous parks, a noteworthy community golf course and a lake which provides fishing opportunities. Nearby Los Angeles and Anaheim offer a wide variety of activities and entertainment. The San Gabriel Mountains are popular for recreational activities.
Bell Gardens Higher Education
Residents have opportunities for higher education at nearby colleges such as California State University - Dominguez Hills, California State University - Los Angeles, Cerritos College, East Los Angeles College and other locations.