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Port of Long Beach circa 1911

The Port of Long Beach was founded on June 24, 1911, a wild dream scratched out of 800 acres of mudflats at the mouth of the Los Angeles River.In the nine decades since then, those grand ambitions have been realized as the port expanded to include more than 7,600 acres of wharves, state-of-the-art cargo terminals, roadways, rail yards and shipping channels.Today, the Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s busiest seaports.

Visit our history pages here to find a decade-by-decade overview of Port history, as well as dozens of Port publications dating back to the 1950s.

Learn more about Port Town:How the People of Long Beach Built, Defended and Profited From Their Harbor, our new history of the Port.

Or relive the Port's 100th anniversary at our Centennial website.


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