From its roots as home to Shoshonean Native Americans, Norwalk has always been known for its fertile lands. The tribes had survived on honey, acorns, berries, sage, rabbits, bird, and squirrels. The sycamore trees also became an attraction for developers, who also took advantage of railroad development. Over time, the dairies and the sugar beet farms gave way to new homes. One historical home in Norwalk is the D.D. Johnston-Hargitt House Museum, which is a tribute to D.D. Johnston, who pioneered the city's first school system and a cheese factory. Another attraction that is of historical interest is the Gilbert Sproul Museum, which is named after one of the founding land developers. Both museums display family treasures and city history exhibits.

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Norwalk, California, has a population of 105,549 and is located in Los Angeles County. Norwalk is located 17 miles southeast from downtown Los Angeles, has roughly a total area of ten square miles and is known for its history as a farming or dairy industry center. An iconic water tower is the main identity marker for this suburb, which has access to three major freeways and is well-served by several public transportation options, primarily bus and rail. The city is primarily residential, with mostly single family homes.

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