Signal Hill is a small city in California located in the Greater Los Angeles area. Situated high on a hill, the city is an enclave completely surrounded by the city of Long Beach. The City overlooks Long Beach Harbor, Long Beach Airport and much of LBC. Views extend to the Santa Monica Mountains, Catalina Island, and downtown Los Angeles.
In the 1500s, the Puva Indians used the hilltop to signal other native tribes on Santa Catalina Island, 26 miles offshore. Because of its use as a signaling point, Spanish settlers called the hill “Loma Sental,” which translates as “Signal Hill.”
Incorporated on April 22, 1924, Signal Hill has a rich and colorful history. The City is most famous for the discovery of oil in 1921, and it became commonly known as an “oil town”. Oil production continued to be Signal Hill’s mainstay until declining oil prices reduced production in the 1970s. In 1974 the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency was formed and the city focused on economic development and diversity from oil. Today, Signal Hill is a well-balanced, financially sound and economically diverse community of over 11,400 people.