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Signal Hill City History & Facts
Signal Hill is a city (2.2 mi2, 5.7 km2) in Los Angeles County, California. Situated high on a hill, the city is an enclave completely surrounded by the city of Long Beach. Signal Hill was incorporated on April 22, 1924, roughly three years after oil was discovered there. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,016.
The hill that the city is named after is 365 feet (110 m) above the surrounding town of Long Beach. Because of this height, it was used by the local Tongva Indians for signal fires that could be seen throughout the surrounding area and even out to Catalina Island, 26 miles (42 km) away.
After the Spanish claimed Alta California ("Upper California," or what is now the state of California), Signal Hill eventually became part of the first large rancho grant to be allotted under Spanish rule in Alta California. The Rancho San Pedro (Dominguez Rancho) land grant exceeded 74,000 acres (300 km2) as granted to a soldier, Juan Jose Dominguez, who accompanied Junipero Serra, by Governor Fages through authority of King Carlos III of Spain in 1784.
Between 1913 and 1923 an early California movie studio, Balboa Amusement Producing Company (also known as Balboa Studios), was located in Long Beach and used 11 acres (45,000 m2) on Signal Hill for outdoor locations. Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle were two of the Balboa Studios actors who had films shot on Signal Hill.
Before oil was discovered in Signal Hill, there were large homes built on the hill itself, and in the lower elevations was an agricultural area where fruits, vegetables, and flowers were grown.
Famous Peoples From Signal Hill
Dr. David J. Bellis
Dr. David J. Bellis (May 1, 1944 – June 29, 2006) was an educator and political leader in Southern California. He served on the Signal Hill (California) City Council from April 1980 – September 1986, as mayor from April 1983 – April 1984, and chaired the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency. He later chaired the City of San Bernardino's Main Street Program, which worked to revitalize downtown San Bernardino.
He was the son of Dr. Carroll Joseph Bellis (1908–2015) and the former Helen Louise Jett (1913–2012). The elder Dr. Bellis served as surgical consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and was a longtime surgeon at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California completing over 26,000 herniorrhaphies during his tenure. He invented the mersilene mesh hernia-repair procedure and was the first to perform the procedure as an outpatient surgery.
David and the former Ann Seagreaves were married on December 23, 1972 in Los Angeles, California.
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