Location in Los Angeles County
|State :||United States|
|County :||Los Angeles County|
|Time zone :||Pacific ( UTC − 8 / −7 )|
|Residents :||112,269 (as of 2018)|
|Population density :||3,486.6 inhabitants per km 2|
|Area :||32.6 km 2 (approx. 13 mi 2 ) of
which 32.2 km 2 (approx. 12 mi 2 ) are land
|Height :||36 m|
|Area code :||+1 562|
|GNIS ID :||1652698|
|Mayor :||Luis H. Marquez|
Downey is a city in Los Angeles County in the US state of California , United States , with 112,269 inhabitants (as of 2018). The urban area has a size of 32.6 km². The city was founded by then Governor John Gately Downey and named after him.
Before the arrival of the Spaniards, the area was settled by the Tongva Indians. The Spaniards called them the Gabrielino Indians.
In 1784, Governor Pedro Fages left the largest property in California to the former soldier Manuel Nieto (1734–1804). The area of 1200 km² extended over the Santa Ana River in the east and the old San Gabriel River in the west.
After the Mexican-American War , many of the Californio ranchos were taken over by wealthy Americans of British descent. These Americans migrated westward under the Manifest Destiny doctrine and married into Californio families.
Downey was founded by John Gately Downey , California Governor during the Civil War . The Southern Pacific Railroad reached the place in 1873. The farmers in the area grew grain, corn, castor beans and fruits until around 1940.
Downey was given town status in 1956. After the Second World War , the farms were replaced by suburban areas and factories. Vultee Aircraft was originally the city's largest employer, then North American Aviation (later North American Rockwell, then Rockwell International , which was sold to Boeing ). This company's factories produced some systems for the Apollo program as well as the space shuttle . Rockwell International closed in 1999.
Downey's two high schools are named after Governors John G. Downey and Earl Warren . Downey is the seat of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center , which is the main public rehabilitation hospital of Los Angeles County is.
sons and daughters of the town
- James Stuart Olson (born 1946), historian
- Kenneth Shelley (born 1951), figure skater
- Dave Alvin (born 1955), musician
- Wayne Rainey (* 1960), motorcycle racer
- James Hetfield (* 1963), songwriter, guitarist, front man and singer in the band Metallica
- Dan Henderson (* 1970), wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter
- Donavon Frankenreiter (* 1972), surfer and musician
- Alanna Ubach (* 1975), actress and voice actress
- David Lago (born 1979), actor
- Ryan Hollweg (* 1983), ice hockey player
- Anna Maria Picarelli (* 1984), soccer player
- Evan Longoria (born 1985), baseball player
- Art Cruz (* 1988), drummer
- Bobby Edner (* 1988), actor and singer
- Aimee Teegarden (* 1989), actress