This land, owned by Agustin, his brother Ygnacio and father and son Felipe and Tomas Talamantes, along with another large ranch, Rancho Rincon de los Bueyes or “Cattle Corner,” owned by the Higuera and Lopez families, would become the area known today as Culver City.
Ince was so well-known that he attracted famous talent, moviemakers and royalty to his studios to learn about the emerging industry that had not yet added sound. At the time of his premature death in 1924, Ince had already earned acclaim as a gifted producer, director, screenwriter, actor and studio chief.
Although the east coast rightfully claims the beginning of the American movie industry, the West offered a special draw. In 1907, pioneer filmmakers from New York and New Jersey traveled to California to explore options including Culver City.
In 1951, Culver City’s Chamber of Commerce originated “Fiesta La Ballona” as a summer celebration of local heritage. Culver City was carved primarily from Ranchos La Ballona and Rincon de los Bueyes and descendants of the families who owned these ranches were honored citizens.