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Heritage House

The original house of two rooms was built in 1869 by A.R. Loomis. Other rooms were added by successive occupants. It was marked as the "Oldest House in Compton" in 1955; purchased by the city June 11, 1957; and removed from 209 South Acacia Street to its present site in that year. Restored, refurnished, and renamed by the citizens of Compton as a tribute to early settlers of the community, it was presented to the public April 14, 1958. The Heritage House is located at the Northwest corner of Willowbrook Avenue and Myrrh Street.

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Domínguez Ranch Adobe



In the bicentennial year of the independence of the United States of America, and on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the building of his home by Manuel Domínguez, the Domínguez Ranch Adobe, because of its distinctive architecture and unique history as the homestead of the Rancho San Pedro, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks by the National Park Service as provided for by Congress in the Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The adobe is located on South Alameda Street, on the right when traveling north.

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The Regal Eagle Tree

Eagle Tree is the natural boundary marker of Rancho San Pedro dating back to 1858. It contains an historic marker and plaque placed by the Daughters of the Golden West in 1947. As a Compton landmark, the Eagle Tree is tough to find. Although years ago it was the only tree in a field of mustard and weeds, these days the 60-ft. tall sycamore is crammed between residential buildings at the Southeast corner of Poppy Street and Short Avenue. 

The historic tree is anywhere from 250 to 600 years old. One account tells of bald eagles that nested in the tree for years until one of them was shot in 1870. In the 1980s a local unsuccessfully tried burning the tree down.

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Compton is home to two interesting cemeteries, Woodlawn Cemetery and Angeles Abbey Cemetery. In 1887, bodies from Wilmington Drum Barracks post cemetery were moved to Woodlawn. The Civil War era cemetery has been a Los Angeles County Historic Landmark since 1946. 


Angeles Abbey Cemetery

Angeles Abbey Cemetery contains several Taj Mahal inspired structures with elements of Byzantine, Moorish and Spanish architectural styles. The main mausoleum was was built in 1923 and survived the 1933 Long Beach earthquakeThe impressive structure had been used as a filming location in Constantine, National Treasure and other films and TV shows. The cemetery is located at the corner of Palmer Street and Bullis Road.

Photos of the cemetery:

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