The Ohio Rubber Company opens its plant at 6700 Cherry Avenue. The plant employs 200 workers and produces $2.5 million worth of rubber parts for the automotive industry in its first year.


In the years after World War II, aviation, employment, and the automobile became growing needs and concerns in the Long Beach community.

In an effort to accommodate the rise of car ownership in the area, the 91 Freeway was extended to reach Long Beach. The initial plan for the state route was to run from Las Vegas, Nevada to Dagget, California.

Sources we used and further reading on this era of Long Beach:

  • Joint Board on Interstate Highways (1925). "Appendix VI: Descriptions of the Interstate Routes Selected, with Numbers Assigned". Report of Joint Board on Interstate Highways, October 30, 1925, Approved by the Secretary of Agriculture, November 18, 1925 (Report). Washington, DC: United States Department of Agriculture. p. 56. OCLC 733875457, 55123355, 71026428.

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This aerial view shows the Ohio Rubber Company Plant in North Long Beach. Image courtesy of the Long Beach Public Library.