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La Mirada, Los Angeles, California, USA

La Mirada (Spanish for the view) was the creation of two men, Andrew McNally, a printer and mapmaker from Chicago (see Rand McNally) and his son-in-law Edwin Neff. In 1888, McNally purchased over 2,200 acres (8.9 km2) of Rancho Los Coyotes, south of Whittier, for $200,000. He developed 700 acres (2.8 km2) into his own home called Windermere Ranch and surrounded it with olive, orange and lemon groves. McNally built a plant to process the olive oil, which was of the best quality, as well as a railroad station on Stage Road. From here his olive oil and fruit were shipped all over the U.S.

In 1896, McNally turned his property over to his daughter and his son in law. McNally and Neff formed the La Mirada Land Company, which published a booklet entitled "The Country Gentleman in California", advertising parcels of land for sale including pictures, a map and descriptions of the scenic olive, alfalfa, lemon and grapefruit groves...


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La Mirada Inn
La Mirada, California, USA

La Mirada Inn

"The La Mirada Inn on Imperial and the Toby Mug on ALondra were popular watering holes. By 1960, La Mirada had become a pretty cool place to live..."
Reflections from McNally's Mirror
By Glen Cantrell, Raymond,Fernandez, Tony Aiello
Biola College
La Mirada, California, USA

Biola College

"Biola University is a private, Evangelical Christian university approximately 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, in La Mirada, California. Founded in 1908, the university has over 40 major academic fields of study in six schools.

Biola University was founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles by Lyman Stewart, president of the Union Oil Company of California (subsequently known as Unocal and later purchased by the Chevron Corporation), Thomas C. Horton, a Presbyterian minister and Christian author, and Augustus B. Prichard, also a Presbyterian minister..."


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In 1896, Andrew McNally turned his property over to his daughter and his son in law. McNally and Neff formed the La Mirada Land Company
Biola University founded in La Mirada in 1908
Following three elections, two of which failed, the City of La Mirada was incorporated in March 23, 1960 becoming Los Angeles County's 68th city under the name Mirada Hills.
Wanting to return to the original name Andre McNally gave the land, "Proposition T" was introduced in the November elections of 1960 to change the city's name back to La Mirada.
2023 - Here's a mix of places to visit and things to do in and around La Mirada, California:
La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts:

Catch a show or a performance at this iconic theater. They host a variety of events, from plays to concerts, providing a great cultural experience.

La Mirada Regional Park:

Enjoy some outdoor time at the La Mirada Regional Park. There are picnic areas, playgrounds, and walking trails. It's a perfect spot for a family day out or a relaxing afternoon.


If you're looking for some water fun, check out Splash!, the La Mirada Aquatics Center. It's a great place to cool off, with water slides, pools, and recreational areas.

La Mirada Golf Course:

Golf enthusiasts can tee off at the La Mirada Golf Course. It's a well-maintained course with beautiful scenery, providing a relaxing day on the green.

Biola University:

Explore the campus of Biola University. The university often hosts events that are open to the public, and the campus itself is quite picturesque.

Historical Society Museum:

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