Norwalk is located in the southwestern part of the state of California and Los Angeles County, and the city is bordered in the southeast by Los Angeles. Norwalk was initially settled by the Chumash Indians and was once part of the Rancho Los Coyotes. When the area, where the present Norwalk is located, was first purchased, and after the railroad crossed the "Nor-walk" area, it was first called Corvallis City, the city's name was changed after to Norwalk. Norwalk was initially developed as a service point for dairy, logging, and ranching, and it also became a center for some of southern California's largest sugar beet farms. Rapid industrial development and growth were experienced at the half of the 20th century.
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