Lomita gets its name for the Spanish word for “little hills”. Development in Lomita began in earnest in the period of 1907 – 1909. In 1923, oil was discovered in the Lomita area. About 500 acres of land in Lomita were used for drilling for oil.
For train lovers be sure to stop by and visit the Lomita Railroad Museum. This is a small museum with a train depot that serves as a small museum and gift shop. Outside are two trains, a dining car and a steam engine. You can walk through the dining car and to climb up to the engine and see the controls.