The Compton 125 Birthday Committee sponsored its third and final “Spirit of Compton” tour series. Participants learned about the rich history of the place coined the “Hub City” because of its geographical location in the greater Los Angeles area.
The tour included visits to; Old City Hall, former site of the Santa Fe Gardens Apts. (where former President George W. Bush and his family once lived), Compton Unified School District Administration offices, Angeles Abby Cemetery, Woodlawn Cemetery, Venus & Serena Williams former home, the Eagle Tree (oldest tree in Compton, and once the tallest structure in the area until the Courthouse was built), Compton Creek, Richland Farms, Victory Park, Town Center, Compton College, Olympic Park, the Alameda Corridor, Compton High School, the Heritage House (oldest house in Compton), City Hall Plaza, Metro Station, Compton Airport, Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial, and the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum.
The tour was professionally narrated by Pam Garrett of L.A. by Pam Sightseeing Tours. The City of Compton provided one of its new air-conditioned buses with driver (Savannah) to make the tour very comfortable. Each day people travel down their town’s streets – but really don’t know the true and rich history of them. For example Compton used to be mostly farm area and many of the streets were named after fruits. Rosecrans Ave. used to be called Orange, Compton Blvd. was Lemon, and Alameda was Cherry. Wow, a fact not known by most that travel those streets today.
Compton at one time had two airports, another fact not widely known. During the tour we saw many beautiful homes – however I’m sure that most people who live and work in the area do not know that Compton has a home that is listed for $ One Million Dollars and sits on more than an acre of land. Of course many in the city don’t know about the Olympic Park. Yes it’s an actual park with grass, benches, and the Olympic rings are embedded on the hillside of the park. It was dedicated during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. It is located on Alameda St. just south of the new Gateway Shopping Center.
And finally, the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum is a hidden jewel located south of the Olympic Park. It’s once where the Dominguez Family lived. Thank you City of Compton and the 125 Birthday Committee for a great tour.