On an island in the San Pedro Bay, Mormon pioneers made an abortive attempt to establish a colony (as part of Brigham Young's plan to establish a continuous chain of settlements from the Pacific to Salt Lake).
In 1866 Temple sold Rancho Los Cerritos for $20,000 to the Northern California sheep-raising firm of Flint, Bixby & Co, which consisted of brothers Thomas and Benjamin Flint and their cousin Lewellyn Bixby.
In 1843 Jonathan Temple bought Rancho Los Cerritos, having arrived in California in 1827 from New England.
He built what is now known as the "Los Cerritos Ranch House", a still-standing adobe which is a National Historic Landmark.
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