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Whittier (/ˈhwɪtiər/) is a city in Southern California located within Los Angeles County, California. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 85,331, reflecting an increase of 1,631 from the 83,680 counted in the 2000 Census, and encompasses 14.7 square miles (38.0 km2). Like nearby Montebello, the city constitutes part of the Gateway Cities. Whittier was incorporated in February 1898 and became a charter city in 1955. The city is named for the Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier and is home to Whittier College.
Whittier's roots can be traced to Spanish soldier Manuel Nieto. In 1784, Nieto received a Spanish land grant of 300,000 acres (1,200 km2), Rancho Los Nietos, as a reward for his military service and to encourage settlement in California. The area of Nieto's land grant was reduced in 1790 as the result of a dispute with Mission San Gabriel. Nonetheless, Nieto still had claim to 167,000 acres (680 km2) stretching from the hills north of Whittier, Fullerton and Brea, south to the Pacific Ocean, and from what is known today as the Los Angeles River east to the Santa Ana River. Nieto built a rancho for his family near Whittier, and purchased cattle and horses for his ranch and also planted cornfields. When Nieto died in 1804, his children inherited their father's property.
At the time of the Mexican–American War, much of the land that would become Whittier was owned by Pio Pico, a rancher and the last Mexican governor of Alta California. Pio Pico built a hacienda here on the San Gabriel River, known today as Pio Pico State Historic Park. Following the Mexican–American War, German immigrant Jacob F. Gerkens paid $234 to the U.S. government to acquire 160 acres (0.6 km2) of land under the Homestead Act and built the cabin known today as the Jonathan Bailey House. Gerkens would later become the first chief of police of the Los Angeles Police Department. Gerkens' land was owned by several others before a group of Quakers purchased it and expanded it to 1,259 acres (5 km2), with the intent of founding a Quaker community. The area soon became known as a thriving citrus ranching region, with "Quaker Brand" fruit being shipped all over the United States. Later, walnut trees were also planted, and Whittier became the largest walnut grower in the United States. In addition to walnuts and citrus, Whittier was also a major producer of pampas grass.
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Student athletes feel 'tossed aside' after Whittier College ends NCAA Division III sports
A week before Thanksgiving break, Whittier College announced it would end its NCAA Division III football, lacrosse and golf programs.
Meet Echo Bella, Sugar and Jambalaya, this week’s Pets of the Week in the San Gabriel Valley/Whittier areas
Meet Echo Bella, Sugar and Jambalaya, this week’s pets of the week in the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas. Echo Bella is certainly a beauty to behold. With fur the color of autumn, with orange, ...
Driver released from custody after arrest for CA crash that injured 25 sheriff recruits
WHITTIER, Calif. -- A 22-year-old Diamond Bar man who authorities believe intentionally crashed into a group of law enforcement recruits was released from custody Thursday evening, according to ...
Driver accused of crashing into LA County sheriff's recruits released from custody
Citing the extreme complexity of the investigation, the man suspected of driving into a group of LA County sheriff's cadets, sending several to hospitals with critical injuries, was released.
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Investigators believe the man suspected of driving a vehicle into a group of law enforcement recruits, injuring 25 of them, committed a “deliberate act,” and the case should go to ...
Whittier police recruits - live: Suspect identified as video shows moment SUV hit 25 sheriff trainees
Authorities have identified a suspect arrested after an SUV crashed into a group of law enforcement recruits out on a training run on Wednesday morning in the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier. As many ...
Driver Suspected of Running Down 25 Sheriff’s Recruits Accused of Attempted Murder
A motorist whose SUV swerved across a roadway and slammed into a group of law enforcement recruits was behind bars Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder.
Driver who drove into Sheriff trainees held on suspicion of attempted murder
A motorist whose SUV swerved across a South Whittier roadway and slammed into a group of law enforcement recruits on a training run, injuring two dozen of them, was identified Thursday, and he ...
Whittier College decides to shut down football program
Whittier (D-III - CA) becomes the second California Division III program to shut down football in the past two seasons. The state of California is home to a total of 10 colleges and universities that ...