Whittier’s Rich History
Whittier, CA, is a Southern California city located in the Los Angeles County just 12 miles away from Los Angeles. When you hear about Whittier, there’s a good chance you’ll hear about Whittier College. What doesn’t get shared as much is Whittier’s incredible history.
Whittier’s rich history can be traced all the way back to 1784 when Manuel Nieto received more than 300,000 acres from the King of Spain that included what is now known as the city of Whittier, CA. Over time, the city came into the hands of Jacob Gerkens in 1868 where he built a cabin on the land that came to be known as the Jonathan Bailey House. Years later, John Greenleaf Whittier, whom the city was named after, obtained the land after it had changed ownership several times.