Historic Sites Near Paramount California

Apr 10 08:23 2012 Bjorn Brieman Print This Article

There are lots of great historic attractions within a close proximity to Paramount, CA.

The Southern California area surrounding Paramount has a long,Guest Posting interesting past as the land has changed ownership several times and includes a great war. There are lots of great historic attractions in a close proximity, so you can easily make a day trip out of all of the historic sites.

There are several historic water vessels on display in the Paramount area. Starting in Long Beach, you can visit the Scorpion submarine and the Queen Mary. The Queen Mary is a historic ocean liner, which was also a World War II troopship. The ship has been in the process of restoring since it’s final voyage in the late 1960s. Now you can visit renovated cabin rooms, isolation wards, machine rooms and you can even dine in the restaurant or stay over night in a First Class State room. The Scorpion submarine is located nearby in the Long Beach harbor. This 300 feet long Russian submarine is a true piece of Cold War history. Admission to this historic site includes a tour of the torpedo room, crew's quarters, galley and top secret communications center.

Also in Long Beach are two historic ranchos; the Rancho Los Alamitos and the Rancho Los Cerritos. The Rancho Los Alamitos historic ranch and garden is located just between the Pacific Coast Highway and the San Diego Freeway. Recently renovated in 2012, this historic sites provides a glimpse into life in the Southern California area during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Rancho Los Alamitos site is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 1 to 5pm and admission and parking are both free.

 Located on Virginia Road in Long Beach, just 16 minutes northwest of the Rancho Los Alamitos and 15 minutes south of Paramount, is the Rancho Los Cerritos historic site. The city of Long Beach was actually founded on the 27,000 acre ranch which was known as Rancho Los Cerritos in the 1880s. This piece of land has had a significant history, dating all the way back to the earliest Native Americans who used the land in 2-5,000 B.C. The area has had many different inhabitants and has served many different purposes. Today guests can take a guided tour of the various historic buildings and sites at the Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Just like the Rancho Los Alamitos, admission and parking is free and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5pm.

When visiting Paramount, you will more than likely be taking a trip up to the Hollywood and Beverly Hills area. If you’re interested in history you will definitely want to check out the Hollywood Forever Cemetery while there. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard between Wilton Place and Gower Street, the Hollywood Forever Cemetary serves as the final resting place for some of the most famous entertainers including Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Bugsy Siegal, Cecil B. DeMille, Gertrude Astor, Jayne Mansfield, Douglas Fairbanks and many others. The cemetery is open to visitors from 7 am to 6pm everyday of the week.

On Main Street in Downtown LA, just west of the LA Park Plaza, you will find another historic landmark, the Nuestra Señora La Reina de Los Angeles Church, which was constructed in 1822. The church, which is still in operation today and provides guests with informative tours, was constructed on top of the Spanish settlement and adobe houses that were constructed during the mid to late 1700s. Unfortunately, none of the original structures from that period are still standing. However, as the historic site has been renovated over the years many historical artifacts and items have been restored and are discussed in detail on the tour.

One last historic site that is a must-see when visiting Paramount is the Point Fermin Lighthouse, located on San Pedro Bay, just a half hour south of Paramount. This beautiful lighthouse was constructed in 1874 and was continually in operation until 1941 after the Pearl Harbor bombing. Admission is free and the museum is open from 1pm to 4pm Tuesdays through Sundays, but when planning your visit keep in mind that tours are only offered at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. After your tour, you can enjoy a picnic or relax in Point Fermin Park, which has picturesque views of the bay. 

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