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Western Hotel

Lancaster began in 1881 as most western towns as a train depot that consisted of nothing more than a railroad building, tent, and a water tank. As settlers moved in, more and more lots became available for sale and soon like any other western town it was starting to fill of hard work, dust, heat, sweat, sadness, and yes laughter of the hardest of poineers. Let's not forget that gold was dicovered in 1898 north of Lancaster among hills, which brought some of the hardest souls to the Antelope Valley. Twenty Mule Team wagons ran in and out thru the valley one of the largest deposites and largest pit mine of Borax. Soon hotels and settlements started to spring up.

It really boomed once the Los Angeles Aqueduct was completed in 1914, (they got their cement from Monolith in the Tehachapi Mountains) which brought water for irrigation for crops and soon the valley was fertile with Alpha, cattle, and fruit trees.

Then in the 1930's Muroc Air Base known back then started it's first testing and during WWII the base found itself planted in history because of Muroc Dry Lake bed. It was 1949 that the base was renamed after U.S. Air Force test pilot Glen Edwards, who died while testing the Northrop YB-49. This base then and now has brought so many individuals seeking jobs and promise and the valley continues to grow.

The Western Hotel known back then as the Antelope Valley Hotel was then sold to Mr. Rockabrand and changed to the Gillwyn Hotel and then to reasons unkown changed to the Western Hotel. It was operated way into the 1960's by Myrtie Webber. She still was a very much involved with the hotel until her death in 1978 of the age of 110.

Yet, this building endured many sets backs of restoration due to no funding and vandalism. In 1978, an eight grade class of Park View School decided to take it upon themselves to clean her up and movtivate the community to save one of our last treasures. They had many fund raisers which raised $40,000 to purchase the site to save her. Soon the city of Lancaster took over the restoration in 1987. Now she is completed restored and presently houses a museum of our towns most beloved history.

Plus, there is a momument in front of the hotel dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen. Dedicated in Feb 28, 1999 to the young and brave African American Airmen who dedicated their service and lives during WWII.

Historical Marker No.658

Check out Marks site too because he is an ex-Antelopean:-)ATXtraveler.

Poppie Feilds in West of Lancaster

You'll find these everywhere from Acton to Bakersfield covering the hills sides in the brightest orange. The pedals will close when it is cold or windy, so you can see them best when it is calm and sunny. They grow the best of course when our rainfall has been frequent the winter before. By the way, my poppy photograph is being used as a backdrop in a locals buisness card.....yay!

Lots of Aviation History here!

We owe much of our aviation history to that of Edwards AFB and Plant 42. This community would not be where it is, if it weren't for all the involvement of Edwards. Lancaster as been most gracious to show its gratitude with the dedication of the Aerospace Walk of Honor on Lancaster Blvd. Also, all these wonderful murals that I will put into a travelogue and also in my travel tips.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Has much to offer as for housing, shopping, and sight-seeing!
  • Cons:It has grown considerably, and so has the crime. So be careful!
  • In a nutshell:Lancaster is still a neat city, but it is no longer the farmer or ranch community I grew up in.
  • Last visit to Lancaster: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2015 at 1:17 AM

    Lots of aviation history here! So surprised at how many movies were made here, bet plenty of people come here to see the locations. Thanks for the interesting tour!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    How nice that they make so many movies and commercials around there. So you never know when you are going to see some nearby scene.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Feb 2, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      I've seen lots of celebrites over the years, usually at Edwards or movie shoots on the outskirts of town. Thanks for stopping by.

  • msbrandysue's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2011 at 5:58 AM

    Another great page! You portray California so well, you should be on their payroll ;) Leaving for LA and Disneyland in the morning! Thanks for all the info in preparation!!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Dec 8, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Great page about a place with so many sightseeing! I would like to visit Boeing Plaza Park! Let Marilyn sleep in peace... Sorry, Dee...

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2010 at 3:25 AM

    Very enjoyable read on this Lancaster page. Great aviation history and movie nostalgia.

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Nice page! I especially love the California poppy photo and the singing road video! How fun, I would have had to drive around it a number of times also, so uniqiue.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    I love California poppy, the state flower of California and I prefer the wild variety, bright orange to processed plants with other colors! Your poppy photo is great!

  • csordila's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    What an interesting place you grew up in! It is very sad fact, that some of your best friends are no longer with you. By the way, are you an expert for flying? Best. L.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2010 at 5:52 AM

    Hi Dee, when reading your page the tips on flight and comments on space brought back memories of the Washington DC Space & Flight museum. And your tip on poppies made me think of the"real poppies" from the Golden Triangle, which we visit in 6 weeks.

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Absolutely lovely Lancaster travel page with great images and excellent travel tips. The wall mural of Col Pete Knight certainly looks amazing. Apollo County Park sounds wonderful to explore. Thanks for the virtual tour. ~ho & pang


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