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Douglas Aircraft Company Long Beach Plant, 3855 Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach, Los Angeles County, CA



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Location
3855 Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CA-315
Building/structure dates: 1940 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1942 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1950 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1960 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1970 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1990 subsequent work
Significance: As the Douglas Aircraft Company Long Beach plant, the facility made a significant contribution to the development of the aviation industry in southern California. It was constructed as a critical early step in creating the "Arsenal of Democracy" during World War II, and the facility contributed substantially to the war effort and figured prominently in the movement to use women workers ("Rosie the Riveters") on the Home Front. Finally, the building and operating of the Douglas Long Beach plant was highly influential for the growth and prosperity of the region, especially the cities of Long Beach and Lakewood.

Subjects
War (World War II)
Aircraft Industry
Assembly Plants


Related Names
Douglas, Donald
Douglas Aircraft Company
McDonnell Aircraft Company
Taylor, Edward Cray
Taylor, Ellis Wing
McConnell Douglas Corporation


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
CONTEXT VIEW, FRONT OF PLANT (SOUTHERN PORTION) ALONG LAKEWOOD BOULEVARD (BUILDING 18 LEFT), FACING NORTHWEST.
CONTEXT VIEW, FRONT OF PLANT (NORTHERN PORTION) ALONG LAKEWOOD BOULEVARD (BUILDINGS 9, 8, AND 7 RIGHT), FACING SOUTHWEST.
CONTEXT VIEW, EASTERN QUADRANT OF PLANT, FACING NORTH.
CONTEXT VIEW, EASTERN QUADRANT OF PLANT (LAKEWOOD BOULEVARD RIGHT), FACING NORTH.
CONTEXT VIEW, SOUTHERN PORTION OF PLANT (LONG BEACH AIRPORT IN BACKGROUND), FACING SOUTHWEST.
CONTEXT VIEW, NORTHWESTERN QUADRANT (BUILDING 1 IN FOREGROUND), FACING NORTHWEST.
CONTEXT VIEW, BUILDING 4 (LEFT) AND ACCESSORY BUILDINGS (RIGHT), FACING NORTHWEST.
CONTEXT VIEW, BUILDING 3 (RIGHT) AND ACCESSORY BUILDINGS (LEFT), FACING NORTHEAST.
CONTEXT VIEW, NORTH REAR OF BUILDING 3 (RIGHT) AND WEST REAR OF BUILDINGS 9, 8, AND 7 (CENTER), FACING SOUTHEAST.
CONTEXT VIEW, ACCESSORY BUILDINGS (CENTER) FLANKED BY BUILDINGS 3 (LEFT); 4 (RIGHT); BUILDINGS 2 (RIGHT) AND 1 (LEFT) IN BACKGROUND, FACING SOUTH.
CONTEXT VIEW, NORTH PORTION OF PLANT WITH BUILDINGS 4 (FOREGROUND), 12 (CENTER), AND 13 (BACKGROUND) TO LEFT AND ROOF TOPS OF BUILDINGS 6, 6A, AND 16 TO RIGHT, FACING WEST.
CONTEXT VIEW, EAST SIDE OF BUILDING 12 (LEFT) WITH WEST SIDE OF BUILDING 2 (RIGHT) AND SOUTH FRONT OF BUILDING 6 (BACKGROUND CENTER), FACING NORTH.
CONTEXT VIEW, EAST SIDE OF BUILDING 2 (LEFT) WITH WEST SIDE OF BUILDING 1 (RIGHT) AND SOUTH FRONT OF BUILDING 5A (BACKGROUND CENTER), FACING NORTH.
CONTEXT VIEW, WEST SIDE OF BUILDING 12, FACING NORTHEAST.
CONTEXT VIEW, SOUTH FRONT OF BUILDINGS 6A AND 6 (LEFT) AND WEST SIDE OF BUILDING 12 (RIGHT) , FACING NORTHEAST.
CONTEXT VIEW, SOUTH FRONT BUILDING 4 (LEFT) AND NORTH REAR BUILDING 2 (RIGHT), FACING EAST.
CONTEXT VIEW, SOUTH FRONT BUILDING 3 (LEFT) AND NORTH REAR BUILDING 1 (RIGHT), FACING EAST.
CONTEXT VIEW, SOUTH FRONT BUILDINGS 6A AND 6 (LEFT) AND NORTH REAR BUILDING 12 (RIGHT), FACING EAST.
CONTEXT VIEW, SOUTH FRONT BUILDINGS 6 AND 6A (RIGHT FOREGROUND); SOUTH FRONT BUILDING 16 (RIGHT BACKGROUND); AND NORTH REAR BUILDINGS 12 (LEFT FOREGROUND) AND 13 (LEFT BACKGROUND), FACING WEST.
CONTEXT VIEW, SOUTH FRONT BUILDING 16 (LEFT) AND NORTH REAR BUILDINGS 13 (RIGHT FOREGROUND) AND 12 (RIGHT BACKGROUND), FACING EAST.
CONTEXT VIEW, SOUTH FRONT BUILDINGS 6 (LEFT FOREGROUND) AND 5A (LEFT BACKGROUND) WITH NORTH REAR BUILDINGS 4 (RIGHT FOREGROUND) AND 3 (RIGHT BACKGROUND), MULTISTORY BUILDING (CENTER BACKGROUND) OUT OF HISTORIC PLANT BOUNDARY, FACING EAST.


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