"~Victorville & Route 66~" Victorville by Yaqui

Victorville Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 43 photos

The first residence of Victor Valley where the Shoshonean Paiutes, Mojaves, Serranos, Vanyumes and the Chemehueves. They all wondered in and out of the valley for water and food. They often fought and the strongest tribe remained. The Spanish traveled through this area by using trails created by Native Americans. It was eventually used by fur trappers Jedidiah S. Smith and explorers Brevet Captain John C. Fremont. It was finally settled by pioneer Captain A. G. Lane in 1858. He attained the rank of Captain during the Mexican-American War, but sadly suffered from malaria. He found the dry climate helpful to his condition. He established what was called Lane's Crossing. He offered travelers who were passing through goods they needed to continue on. He was successful of growing crops and raising cattle. It was in 1895, this village was called "Victor" after Supervisor Jacob Nash Victor when the railroad came to Victor Valley. It was an engineering triumph that arrived in 1883 built by the California Southern RR line. It reached the Atlantic & Pacific (UPRR) junction at Barstow/Daggett in 1885. It was renamed to Victorville in 1901 when the post office was established.

~~Route 66~~

In 1926, highway U.S. Route 66 found it's way through Victorville. It graces Seventh Street and continues across Interstate 15 and becomes Palmdale Road, which passes through Old Town Victorville. Yet, not longer the main passage since Interstate 15 passes right over it. Old Town Victorville looks a little weary. I was exploring and was a little dismay in the condition of many of the buildings. Most were vacant, and yet some business such as the antique stores are hanging in there. There is lots of historical interest in the old town area, but I do not want VT travelers think this is all of what Victorville has to offer. There is a huge outlet factory mall located off of Interstate 15 and more.

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  • Pros:Lots of history~
  • Cons:Watch for speeders!!!!
  • Last visit to Victorville: Dec 2009
  • Intro Updated Dec 23, 2010
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Oh wonderful, we are on Route 66 here! A shame though that the museum was closed - it would certainly be interesting to visit. Still you seem to have made the best of your time here :-)

  • Beausoleil's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Thanks for your comment on my Strasbourg page. It is fun to see a Victorville, CA page. I taught for many years in Phelan, just down the road. I miss the Joshua Trees. They have real character.

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Aug 6, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    You show us lots of “hidden gems”, Dee; I like there is (was?) a Pyrenees Restaurant near Route 66; travelling with you is always a pleasure.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    What a great introduction with interesting information. Enjoyed your historic tour. Enjoyed the story about Brownie, sad.
    Super photographs, Dee.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Hi, Dee!~ Thanks for your story about Victorville!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    This town has had a lot of varied history. What an irony the cemetery got overused. How does that happen? Good job of showing the sites

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    The Turner House of 1880 looks most lovely! Wishing you the best for the New Year of 2011, dear Dee.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Poor Brownie! I'm proud of people who created a monument to the dog... Thank you Dee for sharing this story!

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Nice page!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2010 at 7:19 AM

    Nice story about the dog :O)

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