"LANCASTER" Top 5 Page for this destination Lancaster by Yaqui
Lancaster Travel Guide: 61 reviews and 148 photos
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.
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!
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: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.
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