Timeline

1911 - TODAY


1911
Standard Oil buys 840 acres of undeveloped land and opens its second refinery on the site; first settlers move into town which is named El Segundo

1912
First businesses move in on Richmond Street and Franklin Avenue

1917
City incorporates on January 18 with population of 1,000; 50 business licenses issued

1920
General Chemical Company (later Allied Signal and Honeywell) builds plant at the site of today's Plaza El Segundo development

1927
El Segundo High School opens

1928
Mines Field, just north of El Segundo, is selected as the site of Los Angeles International Airport

1930
El Segundo Public Library opens with 1,400 books; LAX opens

1936
El Segundo Unified School District formed

1938
City builds water treatment plant

1946
The Nash-Kelvinator auto plant opens in El Segundo

1947
Six-member Fire Department established

1949
Wyle Laboratories founded

1956
City adopts Council-Manager form of government; Recreation Department formed; El Segundo becomes Aerospace Capital of the World

1958
Los Angeles Air Force Base opens

1960
The Aerospace Corporation is established

1967
El Segundo celebrates 50th anniversary; City Hall dedicated at 350 Main Street

1983
El Segundo Educational Foundation founded

1990
Mattel moves its world headquarters to El Segundo

1992
El Segundo celebrates its 75th anniversary

2000
Los Angeles Kings, Lakers and Sparks establish Healthsouth center on Nash Street

2003
Downtown improvement project completed

2006
Los Angeles Air Force Base modernization completed; Plaza El Segundo opens

2009
Fire Station 2 completed

2011
Chevron celebrates 100th anniversary in El Segundo

2012
El Segundo celebrates its 95th anniversary



El Segundo's 1952 swim club represented the United States at the Helsinki Olympics.

















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