La Mirada

La Mirada

Created by Andrew McNally and his son-in-law, Edwin Neff, in the 1880s. The city is in the southeast part of Los Angeles County and has an estimated population of close to 50,000 residents. It is considered a Gateway City. A Gateway City identifies as part of a major county usually due to proximity or other factors while still maintaining in independent municipalities as forms of government.

The area was privately owned by McNally and, later by, Neff until the early 1950s. During their tenure in the area the family grew many types of fruits, but is probably best known for their olives. McNally grew olives, and built a plant to press them into very high quality olive oil. He also acquired a railway station to ship his fruits and olive oils all over United States. Originally admitted to the county of Los Angeles as Mirada Hills in the early part of 1960, residents voted to change the name to La Mirada in December of the same year.

The city is home private Christian university, Biola University. It’s K-12 education is primarily handled by the Norwalk-La Mirada school district, but some areas are part of the East Whittier City School District and Whittier Union High School District. Also in nearby Whittier is Rio Hondo Community College.