South Bay history: Centinela Springs attracted early settlers to Inglewood area

The initial settlement of Inglewood was based on one substance: water. Artesian springs — or the Centinela Springs as the Inglewood ones would late...

January 5, 2023
4:44 AM

The initial settlement of Inglewood was based on one substance: water. Artesian springs — or the Centinela Springs as the Inglewood ones would later be known — occur naturally when water rises through the surface of the land without the aid of a pump. Members of the indigenous Gabrielina/Tongva tribe lived in the area before the arrival of Mexican settlers, known as pobladores, in the 1700s. Artifacts from the tribe were found on the land near the springs during the excavation to build the outdoor amphitheater at Centinela Park in the 1930s.

Sam Gnerre