Situated at the foot of the green Palos Verdes Hills in the Los Angeles County Harbor District, Lomita is twenty miles south from Los Angeles City, ten miles west of Long Beach, six miles northwest of San Pedro and seven miles east of Redondo Beach. Bordered by Torrance on the west, the city’s name “lomita” is Spanish for “little knoll.” Originally spanning 7 square miles, over time, much of this area was annexed by neighboring cities. A notable example is “Lomita Fields,” now Zamperini Field (the Torrance Municipal Airport). According to the US Census Bureau, the city now has a total area of 1.9 square miles, all land.
Hundreds of fine new homes and dozens of business buildings and industrial plants have been contructed in testament to the rapid growth taking place. The population has kept pace with other rapidly growing Southern California towns. Lomita is an attractive and economical spot for the home seeker and family who wish to escape the heat of summer and the cold in the winter.
Lomita has an ideal climate. The warm sunshine of summer is fanned by the cool ocean breeze and every day is pleasant. In the winter, the glorious sun casts its warmth over Lomita and produces a delightful and invigorating climate.
Landmark: Lomita Railroad Museum
Opened in 1966 by Irene Lewis, the Lomita Railroad Museum is a small museum in Lomita devoted to the steam engine period of Railroading. Mrs Lewis, along with her husband Martin, operated “Little Engines of Lomita” which sold kits for live steam engine locomotives. When built, the museum was the first of its kind west of Denver. The museum was designed to replicate the Boston & Maine’s Greenwood Station in Wakefield, Massachusetts. The Museum was donated by Mrs. Lewis to the City of Lomita in honor of her late husband, Martin Lewis, in 1967. The museum also incorporates a small public park, which accommodates a Union Pacific boxcar and a Union Oil tank car.
The population was 20,256 at the 2010 census.
Public services (fire, sheriff, health services) are provided by Los Angeles County.
Lomita residents are within the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Reference sources: City of Lomita and Wikipedia websites.