First known inhabitants: Gabrieliños / Tongva
Characteristics: peace loving, monotheistic, highly developed language, had a system of money, named for their nearness to the San Gabriel Mission
Early Settlers: Agustin Machado, early 1800s, founded Rancho La Ballona* with his brother Ygnacio Machado and Felipe and Tomás Talamantes
*Rancho Rincón de los Bueyes was the second rancho from which Culver City was carved.
Other early families: Higuera, Ybarra, Lugo, Rocha and Saenz
Culver City's Founder: Harry H. Culver (announced his plans in LA in 1913)
Year of Incorporation: 1917
Charter City : 1947
City's area at incorporation: 1.2 square miles
City's area in 2001: 4.987 square miles, approx. (due to 42 annexations)
Culver City Flower: Lantana
Current Population: 38,000 (2000 census)
Wording on City Seal: City of Culver City-The Heart of Screenland-Incorporated 1917
City Hall: 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Early elected officials: Trustees
Current Elected City Officials:
Five member City Council (elections in April, even-numbered years)
Every April, the Council rotate jobs, including Mayor and Vice Mayor.
Culver City Unified School District-a unified (K-12)district since 1949
Five member Board of Education (elections in November, odd-numbered years)
Culver City has five operating public elementary schools (including a language magnet), Culver City Middle School, Culver City High School, Culver Park High School (alternative high school), Adult School, and a Children's Center.
Culver City history provided by Julie Lugo Cerra, official Culver City Historian.