Inglewood, California in Los Angeles County

Inglewood is located approximately three miles from Los Angeles International Airport, 10 miles from West Hollywood and about 15 miles from Hollywood. The Los Angeles beaches such as Dockweiler State Beach are just a few miles away and from the crest of the hill on La Cienega Blvd., you can look to the distance and see the Hollywood sign, shown in a photo above.  Speaking of signs, you know you're in Inglewood, thanks to a vertical sign that greets you on La Cienega Blvd., the street the runs from Inglewood all the way to West Hollywood.

Inglewood has always maintained neat, affordable homes by local standards, and enjoys a culturally diverse population. Hotel accommodations in Inglewood range from budget to affordable with the lowest priced hotels most popular with students seeking budget accommodations in the $40 to 75 range.

Inglewood has a long and rich history significant to the growth of Los Angeles. A 1920 earthquake put it on the map as the curious tourists who came to see the damage stayed because of the great climate. Inglewood was the fastest growing city in the United States from 1920 to 1925.

Among Inglewood, California's credits:

  • Poultry Colony in 1905

  • Chinchilla Capital of the world after 1923

  • Andrew Bennett Ranch was leased by Los Angeles and converted into Mines Field (later LAX) in 1927

  • Olympics Games race came through Inglewood in 1932. "City of Champions" adopted. Three Inglewood High School alumni were Olympics winners (Hector Dyer, track; Frank Booth, water polo; and George Jefferson, pole vault).

  • Hollywood Park Racetrack opened in 1938

  • Fosters Freeze became first ice cream chain in California in 1946 in Inglewood

  • First Intercontinental Ballistic Missile-the Atlas was developed in 1954

  • The Forum was built in 1967 as the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Sparks and the Los Angeles King

Centinela Adobe on Rancho Aguaje de la Centinela was built in 1834 by a son of one of a soldier guarding L.A. settlers.  Charles Nordhoff discovered the ocean-close ranches built began shipping millions of bushels of barley from his wharf at Playa del Rey. In his book,  "California for Health, Pleasure and Residence: A Book for Travelers and Settlers," Freeman documented the region and its benefits. He'd moved there to help his wife who was ill. He felt the cool, ocean air would be good for her.

What to see & do:

Centinela Adobe Complex - Historical Society of the Centinela Valley, in cooperation with the Inglewood Recreation and Community Services Department, maintains and operates Centinela Adobe Complex and its exhibits at 7643 Midfield. Among the landmarks are the 1834 Adobe, 1887 Daniel Freeman Land Office and the Centinela Valley Heritage and Research Center. Artifacts from the 1888 Freeman mansion, over 10,000 photographs,  books and memorabilia are available for viewing.

Hollywood Park Racetrack, 1050 South Prairie Avenue, Inglewood, California 90301

Community Events - 4th of July Celebration at Edward Vincent Jr. Park, 700 Warren Lane outdoor amphitheater. Bands on the stage from noon to 7:00 p.m. At dusk, an elaborate fireworks display will light up the skies to culminate the festivities. Free swimming, tennis, balloons, cotton candy, popcorn, arts and crafts, and face painting will be available throughout the day. Picnic and barbecue areas will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department: (310) 412-8750.


Inglewood, California in Los Angeles County

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