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Torrance History: Spanning the Years

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Pacific Electric Railway Bridge 

Following is a historical overview of the City of Torrance, organized into sections that include some of the key events, development and changes that have shaped Torrance into the balanced City that we know today. It begins with the founding of the City in 1912.

 history book 2018-1

This historical
overview can
also be viewed
and downloaded
as a PDF file.



More information about the City’s history is available from:

Special thanks to the following for the use of historic photos: Torrance Historical Society & Museum; Cal State Dominguez Hills; University of Southern California; Los Angeles Public Library; Mount Lowe Preservation Society; Metro-LA Archives; images also provided by the City of Torrance.