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Heritage Park - Santa Fe Springs

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The site was a wetland area before the arrival of the Tongva People who established a village of 50 homes in the area. There was water, oaks, and wildlife to support the village. A trail system linked the village to other villages in Long Beach and Whittier. With the arrival of the Spanish, the culture diminished and even the name was changed to Gabrieleño because they fell under the control of San Gabriel Mission. By the 1870s, it was the hot springs that brought Americans to the area seeking the cure in a new hotel in what was then named Fulton Wells. Today Santa Fe Springs, named for the Santa Fe Railroad, is an industrial success.

The City of Santa Fe Springs Heritage Park preserves the restored buildings and grounds of a ranch that occupied the site in the late 1800s. An exhibit recreates a Tongva / Gabrieleno village of an earlier time. The southeast corner exhibits several pieces of railroad rolling stock emphasizing that the modern history of Santa Fe Springs began with the railroad. The park was established 1988 by the City of Santa Fe Springs. The railroad exhibit was established in 1994.

Eli Hawkins built the 100-acre estate in 1880. The original buildings were built in the Victorian style. A number of structures remain as well as some ruins of a large house and the recreated Tongva / Gabrieleno village. The largest building is the reconstructed Carriage Barn with many exhibits inside. The original barn was built in 1880 by Hawkins and rebuilt in 1987, it was at the time of the original building, the most expensive building in Los Angeles County. At the northeast corner is the water tower and a little south, the recreated Green House sits on the original location. An aviary stands just north of the Carriage Barn and the ruins of a large house about midway between, the ruins were uncovered in the 1980s. The house was built about 1815 by Patricio Ontiveros( -1885, a prominent Mexican landowner). The railroad exhibit includes a Santa Fe Railroad depot, locomotive #870, a refrigerator rail car, and a caboose.

The park is part of Heritage Corporate Center and is connected to the nearby Heritage Springs Business Development and they are connected by a Sculpture Garden.

12100 Mora Drive
Santa Fe Springs, California 90670

Park: Daily 7:00 am - dark
Carriage Barn and Railroad exhibit: 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

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Carriage House, 1880s. The original building burned in 1969 and was reconstructed.
Carriage House.
Carriage House.
Carriage House.

Carriage House.
Harvay and Marie Hawkins built a one-story house in 1880. By the 1900s, later residents had expanded the house to a larger two-stories with a veranda. The Slushers purchased the estate in 1919 and continued to expand the house to twenty-two rooms. In 1941, the house was completely destroyed except the chimney added by the Slushers.

Formal gardens.
14-foot diameter Eclipe windmill, in 1890s in New Mexico.

Tank house.

Tank House, Cencervatory.
Patricio Ontiveros built the adobe about 1815. It was once one of the largest buildings in the area.
Railroad Exhibit.
Refrigerated car built in the early 1920s for Swift Refrigerator Line.

Caboose #511 was built for A.T. & S.F. Raliway in 1949. Retired in the late 1980s.

Rose garden.

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