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NORWALK
THE DAIRY CITY
Welcome to Norwalk, California.
The City of Norwalk is a suburb in Los Angeles County, home to around 106,000 people. Situated 17 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, the city was founded in the late 19th century and was incorporated in 1957. Originally, the area that today comprises Norwalk was home to the Shoshonean Indian tribe, but in the late 1760s, settlers and missions thrived under Spanish rule with the famous El Camino Real trail traversing the area. In 1784, a Spanish soldier named Manuel Nieto received a Spanish land grand named Rancho Los Nietos, which included the land of today's Norwalk. The first families in Norwalk, whom included the Sprouls, the Dewitts, the Settles, and the Orrs, settled in the area just before the turn of the 19th century. A man named D.D Johnson was responsible for the first school system in Norwalk in 1880, as well as the first real industry in town a cheese factory. The city prospered in the 1890s with the constructions of homes in prosperous orchards, farms and dairies, and today, you can still see the headstones of the original families at the Little Lake Cemetery. In the beginning of the 20th century, Norwalk was an established dairy center, as well as home to some of the largest sugar beet farms in all of Southern California. Many of the farmers who settled in Norwalk during this time were Dutch, but after the 1950s, the Hispanic population grew are the area became increasingly residential. Those who are interested in history may visit the Hargitt House, now the Hargitt House Museum, which was built by the D.D. Johnston family in 1891. Norwalk is a great place to live with kids, as there are a number of parks in the city. The Norwalk Park offers visitors amenities including basketball courts, a playground and picnic areas, making it perfect for a family outing. Other green spaces include the Lakeside Park, the Holifield Park, the Hermosillo Park and the Vista Verde Park.
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"park" by Shinya Suzuki as licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
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