Palmdale (Images of America)

6 Nov

Palmdale (Images of America)

Palmdale (Images of America)

Norma H. Gurba

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 0738581224

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


One of the nation's fastest growing cities and a center for the aerospace and defense industries, Palmdale began in 1886 with the doomed colony of Palmenthal in a land plentiful with Joshua trees and jackrabbits but very little water. The gateway to the southern Antelope Valley, Palmdale has enjoyed a rich, diverse, and eventful history while resourceful pioneers created neighboring communities of unique character. Littlerock, a "pearadise," became the fruit basket for the Antelope Valley. Neil Armstrong, before becoming the first man to walk on the moon in 1969, resided in Juniper Hills. Pearblossom's rustic landscape was ideal for early cowboy movies. The crumbling site of Llano del Rio is the location of perhaps the most important nonreligious utopian colony in Western American history. Valyermo owes its existence to the San Andreas Fault, and the Big Rock Creek area became known for Noah Beery Sr.'s Paradise Trout Club, a favorite rendezvous for many Hollywood movie stars and notables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

housing caused Palmdale’s population to boom once again. In addition to Palmdale, other early colonies and communities appeared or were reborn as new towns in Southeast Antelope Valley. The old settlement of Myrtle was founded in 1888. It was resurrected a few years later as the Almondale Colony, which was located 4 miles east of present-day Littlerock. Established in 1895, the Almondale Colony was settled mainly by Midwesterners who were promised agricultural riches by real estate promoters. At

keep the population down. Participants flushed rabbits into corrals and then clubbed them to death. But not all “clubbers” enjoyed this sport. One participant said the horrible noises made by the jackrabbits sounded like wailing babies and he could never kill a living animal again. Coyotes are cunning, mobile, and highly adaptable. Early Antelope Valley settlers did not like coyotes since they attacked their poultry, stock, and small pets. Pioneers also hunted coyotes for their fur, which was

also were a few derricks off Avenue R/ Rayburn and Division Street in the 1920s. This Standard Oil Service Station was located at the southeast corner of Palmdale Boulevard and Sierra Highway. Several other gas stations served Palmdale in the 1920s: Clarence Gustave’s City Square Service Station, Hughie’s Service Station, and the Pagenkopf Service Station. There was a gas war in December 1924 when one station sold gas for 18¢ a gallon as compared to 19¢ charged by other dealers. (Courtesy of

also were a few derricks off Avenue R/ Rayburn and Division Street in the 1920s. This Standard Oil Service Station was located at the southeast corner of Palmdale Boulevard and Sierra Highway. Several other gas stations served Palmdale in the 1920s: Clarence Gustave’s City Square Service Station, Hughie’s Service Station, and the Pagenkopf Service Station. There was a gas war in December 1924 when one station sold gas for 18¢ a gallon as compared to 19¢ charged by other dealers. (Courtesy of

(Courtesy of WAVHS.) In 1921, the dirt road leading to the Llano area was simply known as the Llano Road. Paved in 1925, it was officially named Pearblossom Highway in April 1926, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Now also known as Highway 138, during the 1980s, Pearblossom Highway was made famous by David Hockney’s photographic collage. (Courtesy of University of Southern California, on behalf of the USC Special Collections.) As modern motorists drive on valley bridges, they tend

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