History of Wrigley

wrigley, long beach, ca

Wrigley is a district in Long Beach, California, U.S., which derives its name from William Wrigley Jr., the owner and founder of the famed Wrigley Spearmint Gum Empire in Chicago. It was one of the first communities established in Long Beach. The original subdivision pattern was established in 1905. The area is developed throughout on a gridiron street pattern.

The district is bounded on the north by Interstate 405, on the south by Pacific Coast Highway (SR 1), and on the east by Long Beach Boulevard. Pacific Avenue also goes through the area with commercial strip land uses. The Los Angeles River and the Interstate 710 make up the western boundary.

The neighborhood has a community park, Veteran’s Park, convenient access to local freeways, Blue Line light rail transportation and the new Wrigley Marketplace shopping district – an innovative joint venture between Long Beach and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The center combines neighborhood-serving retail with a modern park and ride facility for light rail commuters.

The homes in the Wrigley Historic District were built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style between 1928 and 1934. The district has remarkable architectural consistency, unity and integrity.p1020379


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