Mojave Desert Communities:
Lancaster - The Beginning
The Southern Pacific Railroad built a line from San Francisco to Los Angeles which was
completed in 1876. Along the line was a water stop located in what is now Lancaster.
The Southern Pacific constructed homes for their employees engaged in maintaining the
railroad. The Gilwyn Hotel was built near the water stop in the beautiful desert plains
area and a small town began to develop.
Lancaster, CA - Area Feature Tours
Generally, the name "Lancaster" is attributed to a Mr. M.L. Wicks, a real estate developer
who in 1884 purchased over 38,000 acres of land for a price of about $96,000
Southern Pacific Railroad. He
then named the area for his former home, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. However, in publications pre-dating
Mr. Wicks, a place called 'Lancaster' in association with the railroad was mentioned. So the name of the
city may probably be most accurately attributed to the Southern Pacific.
Ripley Desert Woodland
The park protects and preserves an impressive stand of native Joshuas and junipers which ...
Nestled in the Antelope Buttes 15 miles west of Lancaster, California is located on California's most consistant ...
Tropico Gold Mine
Ezra Hamilton owned a pottery Los Angeles California. He made bricks and pipe from the fire clay mined from ...
Saddleback State Park
In the springtime (February through May) wildflowers may put put on a beautiful display of color. This is usually ...
West Mojave Desert
Mojave Desert Wildflower Guide
Map of Lancaster, CA
Elevation: 2355 feet
County: Los Angeles
Land area: 94.0 square miles